Tuesday, October 20, 2009

“Success is a journey, not a destination.”

Arun Maira on:

Ram on human and their action in cosmos:

  • “AS HUMANS, we have a need to be successful in our own eyes and in the eyes of society. Our definition of success — or more accurately, society’s definition of success — is what drives our behaviour. If we need to change the way people think and act in the Connected Age, we need to redefine success.
  • Adam Smith, the father of moderneconomics, declared that if every individual operates out of his own self-interest, an ‘invisible hand’ will ensure the good of the society as a whole. This has been the fundamental premise of free markets and capitalism for over two centuries.”
  • Governments do not create wealth. People do. The role of government is to provide good education, health care, infrastructure, security, and law and order to all its citizens, thereby giving them a platform to flourish as individuals.
  • As Confucius said: “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of”.
  • In Emerson’s beautiful words: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived; this is to have succeeded“.

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