Dear Readers, I am sure all of us know the time-tested adage, “Strange are the ways of the world’.” The truth surrounding this specific strand of wisdom manifests itself in our daily lives numerous times. Yes, the fact may remain that many of us never pay any attention to the same, and just carry on with the dreary chores. I am trying to confess how specific lessons I learned through life made a positive impact.
My first attempt highlighted how I managed to create and maintain a proper balance in mine and my family’s life. Part II unraveled the secrets to keeping failure away by seeking inspiration from some other well-known leaders in their individual fields. As we move further, the focus remains on the views, vision, and variety of high-achievers.
SEE PART II AND PRIOR BELOW ⤵︎
“Everyone hears only what he understands.” The multi-talented, 18th-Century German Poet, Playwright, and Novelist, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe observed this remarkable truth that holds its relevance to this day and may never die. Can anyone ever deny the chasm between hearing and listening? Hearing, by itself, may not need much effort, whereas listening requires attention. No wonder we all like to hear whatever is immediately beneficial to us or serves our purpose right. Nobody has time for unnecessary talks unless he/she happens to fancy rumor-mongering.
How the above piece of important advice helped me draw my life’s roadmap, you may ask? I made it a habit to stay away from small talk. This simple change resulted in a considerable gain in terms of both time and the quality of the company I kept. I chose my friends with extreme care, and in a couple of exceptional cases where I did not exercise caution, I ended up paying a high price. The avoidable disasters acted as future guides, paving the path to a higher productivity level and the resulting success.
“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.” Author Unknown. When it comes to choosing friends, I learned it the hard way how to separate the grain from the chaff. An unbelievably large majority of so-called ‘friends’ are opportunists looking for a quick gain. Sad to admit this, but I can count my friends on just a finger of one of my hands; I don’t need the whole hand to do that. In the meantime, please allow me to reiterate that I’m way past my teen years, enjoying the Golden Age, so to say. I have survived close calls, back-stabbings, foul-mouthing, and opportunistic characters. They continue invading my social circle with their ulterior motives unabated. But now, I feel I have become a little wiser, though you never know from where the next attacker may spring up.
The Italian town of Pisa attained global fame due to its Leaning Tower. Credit also goes to the city for giving us the world’s best-known Astronomer and Physicist named Galileo Galilei, in the 16th-Century. Among many different epithets attached to Galileo’s name, “Father of Observational Astronomy” and the “Father of Modern Science” remain unchallenged. One of his easy-to-understand, and yet phenomenally valuable messages reads: “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” To become a seeker of truth, we need to hone our skills. We need to mold ourselves like an archeologist that unravels the mysteries surrounding ancient civilizations, nature, history, and other crucial facts of life as we know it today. We need to dig deep, check, cross-check, and again recheck the veracity of statements we hear, and we make all day long. Any misrepresentation today will result in an embarrassment tomorrow; it always has, and it always will. In case you do not believe me, just do a random check on the Internet and see for yourself how many politicians have been caught putting their foot in their mouth.
It is common knowledge that ‘a man is known by the company he keeps.’ However, we must also appreciate the fact surrounding the sage advice from the Grace Pulpit: “A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.” Taking a direct cue from the earlier quote surrounding friendship, we shall pay due attention to the unmistakeable integrity of real relations that survive the worst disasters without a doubt.
It is up to you, Dear Readers, to ‘DISCOVER’ (in Galileo’s words) the right friends, and see if your count beats mine, and for how long.
God Speed, and Thank You!