Success is not about reaching the pillars of your goal. Its about falling down again and again, but rising up to move forward by forgetting the past.
A person who washes away all his failures from his memory, becomes able to gain success. I consider 'success' as the success in the business of living; in other words, how to live a successful life.
For most people money and material gains, seem to be the most, if not the only important thing in life. They go all out to make as much money as they can. Millions play the 5 digit lottery horse racing other forms of gambling,both legal and illegal. Yet other work themselves to death, slogging day in and day out for the financial gains promised. Some of them do become very rich indeed. They go around in huge climbing cars and live in palatial houses and "studio apartments". They are members of select clubs, wear designer clothes, and generally look every inch the kind of successful people so often idealised on television.
Rich ,they may be and successful they seem, no one knows exactly what goes on inside them. There are cases of very rich people who committed suicide. Some shoot themselves, some poison themselves and some starve themselves to death. The obvious thing is that, these people are not happy, even with their enormous riches. The tragedy of Howard Hughes, is an extreme example of a billionaire, who died of malnutrition. Shocking it is, but no less true.
I know of a relative who, despite being very rich, has become senile. Money is no longer of any use to him, he does not even know how to look after his basic needs, thus causing immense hardships to his family. A rich person- is not necessarily, a happy one.
In politics, there are many who struggle for power and position, jostling and back-stabbing that over in the race for power can be read daily I the newspaper. Political parties are plagued by unrest, infighting and dissent. One faction tries to oust the another. Some members resign and some crossover to other parties. Without exception, everyone tries to attain haar position of some sort, where he can wield power of some kind and large ' importance' of some degree.
Sports too is not spared to this affliction. We read often about sports officials quarreling with one another. We also read to what extent some people or teams would go about doing almost anything to win. Cases of match-fixing and bribery abound. Nasty birds are exchanged. We see 'Head-butting' in finals. Spectators go on the rampage. Players quit, or are sacked. Why do people behave so irresponsibly??
The reasons that I can see are:
For power, position and riches
Fortune follows fame, riches follow power. " To win is the only thing", becomes the motto of the sportsman and officials alike.
The struggle goes on. Sports stars rise and fall. World Champions emerge and then disappear with equal speed. Countries boycott the olympics and other international games. Sports and games have become just like politics,few,maybe none,are 'happy'.
In the final analysis, success boils down to only one factor; happiness. If one is unhappy with oneself, then no amount of external happenings can alter the fact I, for one, consider happiness to be of prime importance. The reasons are simple and obvious. Is it not better to be able to walk safely around in public with only a few rupees in your pocket ,than to be loaded with thousand and be afraid of being robbed??
Is it not better to be able to travel freely about inconspicuously and enjoy all the wonders around you than to sit hidden in a car driven with escorts around at breakneck speed fearful of possible assassins??
Is it also not better to be able to kick the football about for the fun of it than to get all sorts of abuse when you fail to score the match-winning goal?
Finally, is it not better to be able to live each day happily than to be filled with anxieties about how to be rich, or to be famous and in the end find that happiness has eluded you?
Success is the name of that dream which a person feels in his every breathe, lives in every moment and watches evey morning on the platform of reality.