You might find the topic of this article slightly bizarre, maybe arrogant, or even preposterous. How can success be a low hanging fruit? If this was the case, the majority of humanity would have been rich, famous and happy- the established outcomes of success. But let me stick my neck out and still reassert my claim, but with due modification. Success is a low hanging fruit if you don’t make it a big deal. In other words, success will come your way if you don’t sweat for it or make it a life and death issue for you. Easy does it- as they say, or in other words- slow and steady wins the race.
What, you don’t have to work hard for success, would be your next probable question? Work hard you must but don’t attach an expected outcome to your effort. Success has its path and time to reach you, and hence your sweating for it won’t make it come to you earlier than it is destined to. In fact, if you are too impatient, you might end up taking actions which are detrimental to your being successful. The universe works on immutable, divine laws and there is no place for fear and trepidation in these laws.
In the series of articles that will follow on this platform, I will endeavour to put across this philosophy to my esteemed readers- a philosophy which has been the loadstar of my life. A philosophy which has allowed me to have happiness, wealth and success in my life. Today I am financially independent, blessed with a loving and happy family, enjoying great health and in the top 3% of my organisation.
I will not be putting forth any esoteric ideas or impractical plan which a normal person can’t follow. Instead, I will be quoting from our scriptures and real-life examples of people who achieved great success by following these principles and giving you action- steps to achieve whatever you aspire for. Of course, your aspirations must be aligned to the natural laws of the universe and should not be intended to hurt, malign or cheat someone else. You should also be secure in the understanding that there is no zero-sum game in this universe.
Your gain need not result in someone else’s loss as the universe has an abundance of everything that anyone wishes to be, do or have.
A seed whether carelessly thrown around or carefully planted has its own success journey. It doesn’t bother about the harsh surroundings or whether it is being lovingly nursed by the gardener. It marches on its path to growth which takes its due time but must transform this tree into a sapling and then into a shady and fruity tree.
A Chinese bamboo tree takes all of five years to break through the ground. Yes, for full five years there is no visible sign of a sapling. But once it breaks through, it rapidly grows 90 feet tall within a short period of five weeks. The question arises- should the seed have given up during the five years when it was struggling to break the hard crust of the earth? If that was the case, the result would have been an ignominious death buried deep inside the womb of mother earth. Instead, the Chinese bamboo perseveres and is rewarded with a magnificent 90 feet tall tree, admired and useful to the humankind.
The success thus is inbuilt into every seed by nature with the potential of magnificence guaranteed- if it perseveres.
Migratory birds fly hundreds or even thousands of miles to find the best ecological conditions and habitat for feeding, breeding and bringing up their young. The Red Knot flies a distance of 16,000 kilometres, one way, and twice a year, on its migratory journey- breeding in Siberia and going up to South Africa. To get a perspective of this miracle let me remind you that this distance is about 1000 kilometres more than the distance between India and the U.S.A.
The birds use the sun for orientation and navigation during the day and stars during the night. Who teaches these migratory birds the precision navigation to traverse such long distances, often interspersed with harsh climate and “inhuman-humans”? Since nature only asks for the survival of these birds, survive they do, and thus emerge successful in their quest. Are they comfortable during their long and harsh journey? Not-by any stretch of the imagination. But they persevere and win.
Winter hibernation of the wood frogs is another success story which is nothing short of a miracle. This species survives numerous winter months with part of its body including lungs and blood frozen and its heart not beating. Come the warmth of spring, and wood frogs awaken from their deep sleep, ready to eat, make merry and procreate. That is against all logic and belief but routinely happens.
Nature, as in other cases, has blessed even this lowly species on the evolution ladder, a mechanism for success. Is the wood frog sweating, before it goes into its deep cryogenic sleep, whether it will wake up alive after winter months? Not, for it has full confidence in the outcome and that confidence pays off in the form of its survival and enjoying warm spring months.
Please mull over what I have shared in this part of the topic.
In the next part, we will look at the most evolved creation of God- humans and their parameters and quest for success!