Education without right attitude is like a salt less curry. Education makes a complete person to think beyond boundaries, makes a person more visionary and influential. As per Chanakya, King is respected only in their country however good educationist will be respected across the globe. As a human being there are number of qualities that we inherit from our parents by looking at them and growing ourselves. To become a complete personality, education is not just sufficient, there are number of inherent qualities that would define a great personality. Without such adorable qualities any heights that a person achieved would become a dust bin. People with arrogance will never be respected, selfish people will never be adored and hopeless people will never be appreciated. These are the rules of the life. We can define how we can drive our life.
Humility, helpfulness, openness, honesty, selflessness and perseverance etc. are some of the great qualities that make a person influential personality across all regions, religions and generations to come. You would find such amazing personalities one in millions like Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Mother Theresa, Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln etc. If you thoroughly see their lives, the underlying principle you would see is they dedicated their lives for the humanity. When we have a single life, they have taught us how we need to live. A rich person will be remembered for a generation, a king may be remembered for few generations, and however, a humanitarian will be remembered till the globe is alive. Particularly, you would see very less number of down to earth personalities in your surroundings. Particularly, if you see in the corporate world mostly it runs around arrogance, egos and discrete politics. Sometimes, we would wonder whether these so called leaders in the corporate world would ever look beyond their positions and grow as human beings. Luckily, you would find few wonderful personalities like JRD TATA, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Every human being on this earth has benefited by their services by one way or the other. That is the reason they became visionaries for the future.
Everybody cannot be Mahatma Gandhi, however, if we are successful in helping others, that is more than enough and surely we will be remembered by people around us. Once Albert Einstein said regarding Mahatma Gandhi, “Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce to believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth”
“May all people be happy” (In Sanksrit it is called “Sarvejana Sukhinobavantu”) is the greatest quality that we can adopt ourselves. There is no harm if you cannot help others, but, nobody should harm the others. You would find number of people with limited knowledge and high arrogance. They would always think in their own way never try understand or help others. In turn, they would think they know everything. It is one of the most destructive qualities a human should have. If you believe, you know everything that is the start of the destruction of life in every aspect and respect. Great people would always learn every minute from life, surroundings, nature and people around.
Life is the greatest teacher and nothing can be replaced that. India’s one of the best actors, Dada Saheb Falke Award Winner Mr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao (admiringly called as ANR) had only little schooling, but he is a great actor, orator and philanthropist. Probably, he is the only person in the world who has served film industry as an actor for 75 years. Every scholar, educationist and intellectuals are admirably inspired by his speeches and you would feel you can learn many things in your life by listening to his words. Talking or listening to such great personalities would be more than going to Top class B Schools. I am always thoroughly inspired by his wordings “what I have learned is particle, what I have to learn is the whole world”. I am so privileged to study in his college and got college first, this is the college where he donated nearly 50 years back and number of students has flourished from that college.
Few people with lot of success would always keep their feet on the ground and show lot of humility. When you see Sachin Tendular, I would surprise if any other human would ever come close to the records of this Great Cricket Legend. But, still when you talk to him or view his interviews, he is so polite, down to earth; still you would find lot of eagerness to learn and way to perform. Probably, education may not teach many a things in our school books, but, we can learn a lot many things from the great people in our previous generations and who are around us. If we think beyond our egos, we can learn number of things from the nature. If we deeply look into the nature, every tree, air, land, sky, water and fire. Every object would teach and help us to become a great human being on this world.
I would believe the following some of the best internal traits of the true individuals:
When I remember a word called Humility, I would remember none other than Honourable Ex-President of India Sri APJ Abdul Kalam. I have not seen any person in my entire life so humble than him. I would consider he is probably the one of the most intelligent personalities in the last 100 years. His technical brilliance, knowledge and inspirational qualities are admired by the people not only in India, however, across the globe. Indian Government has given him highest Civilian Award called “Bharat Ratna” to him. All these awards are shined by those great people. It is a privilege to the award but not to the personality. The whole youth in India is admiringly inspired by his motivation and committed make a mark in the few decades to come. Humility is one of the greatest gifts given by God to very great people. We would be thoroughly lucky to find such wonderful personalities on this Globe. There is nothing that we can ask God, if he can make ourselves humble. Nothing inspires anything like success, at the same time, nothing destroys like that. Whenever, we are successful we should check ourselves that our foot is still on the ground. Otherwise, it would most quickly go to the head and destroys faster than alcohol.
I am always thoroughly inspired by candle. Candle is the perfect example of giving light to the world, though it is burning itself till the last drop. Helping others would be one of the greatest qualities a human may have. It could be anything food, money or knowledge. Many people dedicate themselves to serve the humanity. If everybody follows their footsteps the whole world would be a wonderful plant. However, unfortunately, everybody has some limitations to which extent that you can help the people. To the best possible way, every person should try to help. It need not necessarily in the form of money. Unfortunately, there are many people in this world to misuse your helping nature. The true individual is who helps the fellow people without pointing their misdeeds. This could be very easy to say but highly difficult to put in practice. We are being helped by so many people directly and indirectly, we should be very thankful to them, without their support, we cannot even live this comfortable life.
Openness is the quality you will find rarely. People with openness think beyond their egos, ready to help the people and know the unknown things. It is a daily process by which they openly discuss the things with their colleagues, friends and family members. Nobody is perfect in this world and everybody tend do mistakes and millions of things we may not know. There is nothing to be felt ashamed for the unknown things; we may have to feel ashamed if we do not ask the unknown thing. Openness is not only important for an individual but also for the organisations to grow. The companies with open culture would be strongly able to retain the people and make a healthy organisational environment.
This is the rarest quality a pure soul would have. Probably, supreme souls like Mother Theresa would fall into this category. We may find such great human beings once in a millennium. If somebody is working hard for their family, that cannot be considered as selflessness. Selflessness is a state where individual is away from angry, emotions, greed and in all respects completely dedicate themselves to serve the humanity. Bhagavat Gita says “Give your best and do not anticipate anything return, leave rest all to God”. In this materialistic world, I would wonder if I can ever come across such personalities in my life. If we deeply think every relation in this world is based on business relations to certain extent. Looking at this I remember Shakespeare’s words “there is no true love in this world”
Willing to learn
Life is a learning and this is process only comes to an end with the death. True individuals on a daily basis learn things. Learning not only cannot be just technical skills, many things can be learned from the world. We can learn something from this world and nature. Even we can learn even from the beggars. It is how you grasp the good things from the people and surroundings. Learn from ants how to work hard, learn from dogs how to be loyal, learn from cow how to polite with everybody. We can learn good deeds not only from living objects, but you can learn new things from the non-living objects like mirror, which shows your inner self, windows teach you how open the whole world is and clock tells us the importance of time. Therefore, never feel guilty to learn new things.
One of the most admiring quotes that I ever heard is “Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence”. Never ever give up under any circumstances. Once you have decided and committed to do something, never give up. No default is final until you give up. Mahatma Gandhi became father of the nation because of his amazing perseverance quality he had. He has determined and achieved not with his physical strength but with his amazing will power and mental strength.
If you have real perseverance and hard work, nothing is impossible under this sun. For that matter, you can achieve anything. Therefore, keep trying, trying and trying until you achieve what you wanted. There is no other way to go. Try like today is last day of your life. I always remember great Swami Vivekananda quotes “arise, awake, stop not until your goal is achieved”.
If we are not positive on us, then nobody else would believe in our powers. Believe in yourself, you can do miracles. Never under estimate yourself. You are a rock mountain and can achieve anything under this world. You are so privileged that God has given all the parts of your body. You are so fortunate enough when you compare yourself with the people who are physically and mentally challenging. Though comparison is good to know where we are standing, never compare yourself to somebody and de-motivate yourself. Believe that you are something special and always be like that for your life. You have many hidden qualities you may not know, the day you release your fullest potential, nobody is going to stop you. Whatever be the situation, whatever the position, whatever is the state, never lose your confidence on you. Therefore, you are special forever and ever.
Without having honesty, all the qualities are just a matter of waste. Honest is the great thing, you should never ashamed to tell that you do not know something. Honesty is required in all the deed that you do and all the actions that you are going to undertake. If everybody in this world becomes honest, then the whole world is real beautiful planet. Never be inspired or motivated by dishonest people under any circumstances, otherwise, you are going to mess up the whole life. Dishonest may win temporarily; however, honesty will prevail at the end. Many great people conquered the hearts of the people with their honesty and truthfulness. That’s why we call “Satyameva Jayate” (Truth Alone Prevails)
Before you talk, try to listen the words of other people. Always put your feet in their shoes. Then you will find totally different world. Listening to other people will always give us great opportunity and you will know how they are feeling. This is the way you will be connected with the other people. Some people are so rigid and they are never going to listen to other people. They are never every going to learn the facts of the life. Listening is one of the greatest qualities given by God to the true individuals. They would listen, this gives them ample power to visualise the whole world with their knowledge filled eyes. A good listener will always be respected across the world.
Last but not the least, without humour, there is nothing in life. If you do not have humour, then first thing is you cannot inspire yourself. With great sense of humour, you not only inspire yourself, but motivate the people around you. With your humour, you will remembered by the people forever in their lives. People with great humour would always achieve miracles. It is a great gift to make the people around you happy. There is no use in life if you are so serious. Always try to cherish, enjoy and have fun whatever you do. Making other happy and cheerful is not a duty; it is a great privilege being part of it.