Keep increasing the radius of your life. Yet keep yourself not at the circumference but at the centre.
We met after years. Our paths had crossed during a course he took from us. Since then, he has come a long way in life, and that too against odds. So there was a lot to talk about.
He talked about the package and the perks, the clients and the connections, the travels and the triumphs, and the brands and the bravado. And then, when I was about to leave, he said “Any words of wisdom Sir?” I looked at him and said “You seriously want to have some?” He said “Yes! Absolutely”
I said “Look I am proud of what you have achieved. You have done a lot for yourself…
…but look at what you have done to yourself!
You look weary, restless… and uneasy – as if something inside you is ticking all the time. You keep glancing at the mobile without any need to do so. You haven’t sat in any one position for more than a minute. You are finding it hard to stick to any one thread of discussion for long. You keep leaving your sentences incomplete and keep throwing ‘wherein’, ‘so as to’, ‘what I mean is that’ in between. And then there are far more cringes and contemptuous one-sided smiles than usual…
…look at what you have done to yourself lad”.
He knew exactly what I was talking about. And if I had any doubt then it was dispelled by his moist eyes. And as I got up, I said…
…“Go on my boy! You have created a successful life. Now…build a Successful YOU”.