How does one define a successful career? Career begins with a choice to pursue a profession. The choice begins with a vision, a decision and a goal that ultimately determines your destiny. Who determines your destiny? You do. What helps you reach your destiny? Your will power.
Vision: Deeds without vision is futile just as vision without deeds is useless (fruitless). Every person must have some vision or the other. Vision is the first milestone on the highway to success. It is like a ‘mustard seed’ waiting to sprout out and become a tree. It is inside you. Listen to your heart, the inner voice.
Goal: A vision becomes a goal when it is fueled by a burning desire to accomplish it. It is a motivation part way to success. Your decision begets desire and your desire directs your goal. A young man asked a philosopher the secret for success. The philosopher took him to the river. When the water reached neck-level, he took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water. The boy struggled to get out, but the philosopher kept him there until he started turning blue and eventually released him. The young man gasped and took deep breaths of air. The philosopher asked, “What did you want the most when you were in there?” The boy replied, “Air”. The philosopher said, “That is the secret of success. When you want success as badly as you want air, you will get it.” There is no other secret.
Commitment: Sacrifice and integrity are the two pillars of commitment. One should be ready to pay the price. Many of us participate in the race but fall out due to lack of commitment. There is a big difference between playing to win and playing not to lose. Playing to win requires dedication and commitment; playing not to lose is playing to defend your weakness. Playing not to lose is a product of desperation whereas playing to win is a product of inspiration.
Attitude: Always have a positive attitude. A positive attitude can overcome the highest obstacle. The victory is won in the mind before it is won on the battleground. Your positive attitude determines your approach.
To sum up, with this, you need to have a clear vision to achieve set goals with perfect commitment and dedication with a positive approach for a successful career.