Alert : A ranting rambing post.. with whatever came to my mind manifesting itself here ..
I came across an article quoting Former president APJ Abdul Kalam saying ‘small goal is a crime’.
“I will have a goal and work hard to achieve the goal. I realise small goal is a crime. This should be the motto to achieve success,” Kalam told students after inaugurating a ‘Arts and Science Centre’ at Balbhavan.
As I read it, I realised that it is something that had been drilled into me.. Aim for the stars and you might land on the moon. Some years ago, when we were newly married and literally broke, but still wanted to try and buy a flat, we had started looking at flats that were within our budget. We were about to settle on something low scale, when my uncle advised us to think of what we would be, in 10 years time. He asked us to think if we would be happy living in such a locality in 10 years time. He also told us how they had managed to design and construct a house from scratch in the then outskirts of Bangalore- Koramangala. He told us how it had been difficult, but with careful financial planning it was possible.. Again, when we started looking at treetops – he inspired us to aim for the stars.. We listened to him, managed to get a plot instead and today its worth much much more than we had thought at that point in time.. And it is just the kind of locality and surroundings I would want to go back to and bring up my daughter in.
It had all to do with wanting to better our situation. It had all to do with aspiring for more.. All to do with our ambitions of a better life..
All through, when I was told to be ambitious, never was I told that it was alright to be unscrupulous.. Never was being dishonest an option. It was always about being ambitious but righteous and honest and to be able to stand up against wrong and the unjust.
Why is it that, somehow, being ambitious has negativity associated with it? Have people started associating ambitions with dishonesty? Is it because of the people who tend to be ruthlessly ambitious? Or that some people tend to trample over others in order to fulfil their ambitions? Is being unscrupulous and ambitious related?
Possibly. We do come across unscrupulous , ambitious people who could happily ‘sell their grandma’ to be successful! Every time I see people like this – I just wish I could hammer it into them that people can be successful – without being unscrupulous. A truly successful person ensures that his peers and his subordinates grow with him – instead of trampling their growth to grow himself. A person who walks over another, will always be looking over his shoulder worrying if someone else is trying to pull the same trick on him! A truly successful person has an aura of confidence about him which comes from good vibes. A person who is confident without the good vibes will generally come across as cocky and arrogant, won’t he? I certainly would not associate success with that.
As Dr Kalam says, ‘small goal is a crime’. The key, according to me, is to think big and reach big but with integrity! Isn’t that the reason we admire people like Dr Kalam and Mr NR Narayana Murthy of Infosys instead of Ramalinga Raju of Satyam ?