Desire + Inspiration = Highway to Success

One of the foremost philosophers of the 20th-century, a multi-faceted personality, Nobel Laureate Bertrand Russell, believed: “All human activity is prompted by desire.” Well, considering activity alone, we can safely accept the legitimacy of the above statement. However, the fulfillment of our desires, prompted by the right exercise, at a consistent pace, demands at least one other very crucial element viz. inspiration. But for the lack of this vital resource, we may not have the strongest will to move in the right direction. Even if we tried, against all the odds, chances of impending failure are more than fair. On the other hand, inspiration coming from someone more qualified, or even experienced in accomplishing similar tasks (if not identical) will provide us with the right stimulus to keep forging ahead. The result is action.

“A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.” – Ayn Rand, a very well known Russian-American novelist and playwright. Taking a more in-depth look at her statement, we find the chain of events that turn desire into achievement. Who can deny the fact that trees are born out of little seeds? But we also know the seed alone can accomplish nothing other than rotting somewhere. It needs soil, water, care, fertilizer, and of course, both shade and sunlight during different seasons. In much the same way, desire needs inspiration as a catalyst. It is this valuable resource that opens up our faculties to the possibility of making things happen.

Ms. Rand further elaborated her earlier statement by telling us: “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” Naturally, we are drawn to another element of human nature, i.e., “creative.” And this expression jolts my memory to bring up a valuable lesson that I learned a long time ago: “By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.” Author unknown!

So long as the inspirational catalyst powers our desire, it will keep gaining strength. The resulting process helps us identify the necessary ways and means to accomplish the same, whether it be material resources or human. The resulting urge to get started turns our desire into a ‘burning’ desire. “Burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power – a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start in again after a disappointment,” says Marsha Sinetar, the American author better known for her book ‘Don’t Call Me Old I’m Just Awakening! Of course, it is the same burning desire that puts us in front of the team we choose to assist us with the completion of our ‘desired’ task.

Assuming a position of leadership, no matter how insignificant, requires a few mandatory traits. When we must rely on teamwork to achieve the desired result, lack of one or more of these attributes can create a nightmare situation for us. You came up with the desire and inspiration followed suit. The team you put together shall find it reasonably easy to see the value within. The mirror-effect of ideas thus formed will cement a firm conviction to see it through. What you need from here onwards is the necessary power and energy. I will leave it up to my intelligent readers to do a more in-depth analysis and identify what all constitutes ‘power’ and ‘energy’-gain apropos the task at hand. A word of caution here, though: “It is difficult to inspire others to accomplish what you haven’t been willing to try.” – Author Unknown

Alas, gone are the days when the guy with the big, fat purse called all the shots. Collaborative spirit has slowly taken over as the buzz word.

The more you become a team player, the better the result of your efforts will come out.

Please allow me to reiterate the role of inspiration in this exercise once again. Of course, our initial desire acquired steam from the inspiration we got from someone else. Now, let us take the same catalyst and dole it out to all the TEAM (Together Everybody Achieves More) members. Guess what, you have multiplied the force behind your ‘burning’ desire. “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, whereas a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” –Author Unknown

Those still unsure of the pivotal role ‘inspiration’ plays in life need to take a long, hard look at the wisdom of Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics. Her opinion on the real value of inspiration says it all: “A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go farther than a great idea that inspires no one.”

Thank You!


Bharat Mathur
Bharat Mathur
WHERE goal setting and systematically achieving each one of them has been the ‘Mantra’, where earning trust by delivering value has been an uncompromising principle and where deeply impactful experiences have made an indelible impression to look directly into the eyes of toughest problems and tackling them head-on has been a major cementing glue in the foundation, Bharat Mathur fits the bill, hands down! Creating value for others, out of the challenges his career in the “C” Suite kept throwing at him left, right and center, Bharat now finds solace in being a ‘Guide by Your Side’ rather than a ‘Sage on the Stage with An Eye on What You Buy’! Past 4 decades of Bharat’s life have been no less eventful than that of anyone else in similar circumstances. However, the way he lived from one challenge to another and stayed focused on his goal is clearly visible as much in his Coaching as in his #1 Best Seller Book: “you Are YOU-nique: Realize Your True Worth”! His next book project tackles ‘Internet of things’ (IoT) from the viewpoint of a layman and helps understand this fast-approaching revolution in simple, easy-to-understand language with live examples: “SMART PHONE + I o T = INCOMPARABLE OPPORTUNITIES” Nurturing a number of successful businesses, mentoring a lot more towards astronomical growth and helping them identify and eradicate trouble spots, Bharat has rightfully earned the nickname: ‘Achiever’ Send him Bouquets or Brickbats, Bharat loves it all!

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  1. Bharat, this article contains a healthy dose of wisdom which is something you do not lack. Desire can be bad if what we desire is bad. There are those that get inspired to act out of lust based desire. Inspiration is not needed for the above nor should you derive inspiration for those purposes. True inspiration (i.e. inspiration to serve G-d) is what should drive us. I am inspired by my mentors whose training motivated to succeed. My desire/intent is to take away as much business as I can from my competitors. Ms. Rand’s theory in my estimation was woefully incorrect. If you desire to succeed in business (I do) you have to want it more and fight harder and smarter. With all due respect to you who I greatly admire and revel in our friendship, I disagree with you about “the guy with the big, fat purse called all the shots” becoming extinct. The guy with the big fat purse can and usually does call the shots. There is an old (but not overly intelligent) saying that goes something like this: “money talks and bulls–t walks.”
    “These are the days of wine and roses
    And he who hesitates is lost
    And time and tide will wait for no one
    Count the cost
    Now you’re gone, now you’re gone”-Days Of Wine And Roses-Robin Gibb

    • Once again, Dear Joel Sir, once again, you have blessed me with such an active voice. I feel overwhelmed as your friendship offers a powerful beacon of guidance you display so selflessly.

      With all due respect for your opinion against Ms. Rand’s theory that I highlighted in the above article, please allow me to reestablish the fine line here: “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” The ‘creative men’ alluded to are not the hardcore businessmen that work with the single notion of profiting from it. Creativity does not translate to ‘profiting,’ no matter which dictionary you use, and I am more than sure you know the difference better than anyone.

      Yes, collaboration is fast, replacing dictatorship in the business world. The guy with the big fat purse continues to lose ground to better-qualified individuals, as well as market conditions determined by his demanding clients. An individual sitting in his bed in a remote corner of the world can run his e-commerce business and give multinationals a run for their money.

      Thanks, once again, with prayers!

    • Bharat, parts of my comment were not appropriate which I must apologize for. I inappropriately expressed my desire to achieve. The business part of my being is very fierce. My other sides are oriented towards a desire to connect more with family, achieve an even greater connection to nature. Please note when it comes to bees I practice avoidance. Few people know of my desire to learn how to play my guitar which has sat in its case for years. With that, I had wanted to get into songwriting as I have a very strong affinity for singer/songwriters.

    • Dear Len sir, you just made my day; Such valuable endorsement deserves a massive round of applause indeed!

      Thanks, with Warm Regards, and Prayers to the Almighty for your continued health and well-being!