It has long been accepted that constant, unflagging purpose juxtaposed with diligent action is what makes individuals achieve success in their lives and their careers. There is yet another side to the spectrum — success derived through the assiduous use of exemplars, or inspiring individuals and their rags to riches sagas, or through self-help tomes whose chroniclers laugh their way to the bank.
The essence of the whole context helps individuals who are keyed to help themselves, not folks who merely read and do not implement ideas. The latter often blame others for their failure. Nevertheless, it is apparent that inspirational lives do not provide the ammo for one to hone a skill, or succeed at the drop of a thought. What actually drives us all to our objectives is what and how we ‘think’ about what we read, follow, absorb, imbibe and also implement, for a higher purpose. This is because the simplest and the most effective of solutions to problems are the most formidable to derive, the most gruelling to propel oneself from the dumps. This is often why most of us throw in the towel even before we’ve explored our best path.
Whatever be one’s station or destination in life, one should make it big by fixing one’s compass and radar for the long haul. Success is a tree of slow growth — with strong, deep roots. It cannot be achieved by building castles in the air, or by impatience. The more we deem that we are all formed by nature to persistently think, discover and achieve, the better it is for all of us. This will shape and drive our innate ability to remain glued to our goal, or purpose, till we achieve our dreams. Most successful people, right from Benjamin Franklin to Bill Gates and JRD Tata to Narayana Murthy, were and are, conferred with such a quintessential mantra of faith. This is what separates them from wannabes who ephemerally engage in a ‘great’ idea, or thought, without holding on earnestly, or unswervingly, to it.
That successful people indulge in a constant activity without ever getting bored is one part. The other more intense aspect is they also spend most of their relaxation time focusing on the thought they have in mind — most often with a sense of attachment that is also detached from what is happening, or not happening around them. This is evidently the finest component — as they revisit their thought process, with a spanking new zeal, they are blessed with a better grasp of things without ever losing their sense of touch, or connect, with the ‘original’ thought.
This frame of reference also holds good for the sublime concept of happiness, bliss and delight — albeit they may be as diverse as the premise of existence is from one individual to the other. Yet, there is more to the whole doctrine than what meets the mind. Just think of the opposite effect — of grief, or loss. Melancholy, unlike happiness, is a thorny emotion to pin down. This is simply because there are far too many nuances to it, perhaps, much more than happiness, which is direct, straight and free-flowing.
This is the rainbow synthesis of life, yet never permanent, because change is a constant — more so, with situations that we know, or do not know yet.

(The writer is a wellness physician and author)
Rajgopal Nidamboor