Pic.: Anand Ashokan
“Unless you love your work with your entire heart and soul,
you just cannot shine in any field.”
Your life is blessed if the work you do is the work you love to do… In deed, it is one of the greatest blessings if you are able to discover your vocation – your calling in life… and, importantly, if you are able to follow that…
You need to discover your vocation – your swadharma – early in your life.
Who knows you better than you do? Who knows your gifts and talents better than you do? Who can understand better the thrill their fulfillment gives you than you do? So, for whom it is to discover?
Yes, the key to happiness in any profession, in any career, is the old counsel:
“In life, do what you love;
If you cannot, love what you do.”
How else can you be happy in your profession, your job, your career?
So, dear, spend a lot of quiet time with yourself… You need to look within you… you need to believe in your God-given gifts and talents… You need to trust in your intuitions... and in the shill voice within you, which constantly prods you to follow your heart…
Yes, you need to take that leap of faith:
To follow your heart…
To do what you love…
And, do it with all your heart and soul… with all the passion in the world!
The work which doesn't come from the depth of your heart is a mediocre work...
The work which comes from the core of your heart
is an inspired work…
Only such work can inspire others…
Only such work can take you to great heights…
Yes dear, unless you love your work with your entire heart and soul, you just can not shine in any field…
How can you?
In the early 80’s, as a stranger and a struggling young-man in this big city of Mumbai (then
I was filled with self-doubts and fears. My self-confidence level was at its
lowest pit, and I was gripped with anxiety about my future. It was during these
harrowing times, I had found on the roadside an old copy of Dr. Napoleon Hill’s
inspirational classic – ‘Think & Grow Rich’… Bombay
My life was destined to change, immediately!
I have been so influenced by Dr. Napoleon Hill’s ‘Success philosophy’ - particularly his famous line: “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve,” - that it would be impossible for me to shed off this influence all my life.
So, as a young-teacher in his twenties, when I had scribbled those passages in the little booklet ‘THE DAWN’, they loudly – and proudly - echoed the core tenets of Dr. Hill’s life-lessons. What he had assimilated from the lives of scores of successful people and passed on to us, I was now trying to do, in my own way, to my students…
With my deepest humility and reverence, I dedicate this book ‘THE ECHOES OF THE DAWN’ - to the one who made me ‘Stand up’ in life…Dr. Napoleon Hill.