Success has a different meaning for everyone. Some people equate success with having more money while for others happiness and fulfillment with one’s life choices is what they think makes them successful. Our brain is wired to follow paths that require less resistance but the truth is there are no shortcuts. Success isn’t just a goal or a destination you need to achieve, but a mindset that keeps on developing and progressing as you work your way through.
Over the time, people have developed a misconstrued definition of success but it’s safe to say that the most successful people in the world maintain and master certain habits that help them be the person they are today, Ratan Tata, being one of them. Ratan Tata is one of the leading Indian industrialists as well as the former chairman of Tata Group of companies. Even after retirement, Ratan Tata continues to enlighten us with his advice and wisdom, serving as a guiding force for all.
No one knows you better than your own yourself which is why the only evaluation that matters is the one you make about yourself. That’s Ratan Tata’s first tip on success. According to him, you can make a better judgment about your strengths, abilities and your weaknesses. Doing so will make you choose opportunities that suit you best.
The courage to face reality
‘What you resist persists.’ Ratan Tata says it’s best to stop resisting the reality of the situation and accepting as things come through. It’s true you should be confident about the things you do but you should accept the struggles and failures that come with it. It’s the only way to move forward.
Maintaining your humility
No matter how rich or famous, Ratan Tata never let materialistic things get to his head. According to him, staying humble is what has gotten him this far. He’s maintained the same humble attitude with people no matter what their status is. He said, ‘Founders should be humble. Thinking they know everything could be the kiss of death. They should also not look down on someone who is trying to start a similar business.’
Value of work
No job is too small or too big. It’s the value of work that matters. Infact, Ratan Tata’s first job was to shove stones and coals in furnaces when h started working in Tata Steel division. His advice is to give your best in whatever you do with full dedication. Life will always throw multiple challenges at you but the only way to survive them is to face them.
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always had. If you want your life to change, you need to aim high. Ratan Tata says it’s important to set goals and make progress through every walk of life. That is the only way forward. In the words of Ratan Tata himself, ‘None can destroy iron but its own rust; likewise none can destroy a person but his own mentality.’
Time is precious and only the lucky ones realize it before it’s too late. Sitting idle and indulging in things that do not enhance your learning is what Ratan Tata regards as unfortunate. Every day you have the opportunity to learn about unique things. Seize the opportunity. Do not let valuable time go to waste. Invest your time in something that will prove beneficial for you in the future.
Trust is based on integrity and it’s what glues and holds all relationships together. It’s a feeling of security based on the simple belief that something or someone is reliable and knowledgeable. In order to achieve goals, leaders in all contexts must build a relationship of trust.
Nothing ever gets served to us in a plate. We have to work hard for it. You cannot achieve success by just hoping or dreaming of it. Those people who value hard work, like Ratan Tata himself, are fit and lead fulfilling lives. It’s because things didn’t just fall right into their lap. They challenged themselves with hardwork, set ambitious goals and strived for them. This is what makes them so unique.
Life will always surprise you with challenges. Some might make you struggle and the only way to confront these challenges is to hit them right back. Take charge and face these challenges with extreme zest and intelligence.
If you fear failing more than you crave success, life will become pretty hard for you. Fear will make you lose out on many opportunities, opportunities that might have turned your life around. Ratan Tata says fear is inevitable but we shouldn’t let it overpower us.
Intuition can greatly intensify the power and effectiveness of decision making. Leaders like Ratan Tata have relied extensively on perception from their experience and their intuition. In his own words, ‘There is an element of intuition in all of us, and you should let that play a role rather than just going with numbers. Most of the time, intuition shared with passion gives you the fuel to face the future.’