A more than half a decade back, Crossword, Vashi used to be my favourite hangout place. On a lazy Sunday afternoon at Crossword, got my hand on a book titled ‘The Miracle of Mindfulness’ by Thich Nhat Hanh- a world’s renowned zen master. At that time, it was difficult for me to understand its concept completely, but one concept of this book got stuck in my mind that washing dishes can be meditative. Just an idea seems great on paper doesn’t mean it will suddenly make us fall in love with what we don’t like. I tried to meditate while washing my dishes and failed miserably. It was way back before I learned meditation. But the idea was too good to discard. So, I found another mundane thing (a bit better than sitting eye closed) where I can meditate, Cooking. I still love to cook, especially after a difficult day in the office. It has a profound calming effect on my mind.

Like all complex system, we react to success in many unexpected ways.

Cooking is the closest low-profile equivalent to the complex phenomenon called life. It has many ingredients, proportions, and unexpected factors to take care of. Like life sometimes we cook great, someday it is horrible. If we love cooking, going back even after a bad day in the kitchen is not difficult but becoming a good cook depends on how we understand our success. Like all complex system, we react to success in many unexpected ways. As any tasty food has not universal acceptance so is the case with success.

‘Learning lesson from the loss’ is a well-known concept and advocated by almost every successful person but any champion who stayed at the peak for long are great at handling success. Once we know how to succeed, failure will not bother us, but its success if not handled well will trap us in its cascading effect.

Cooking food has taught me how to analyze my success to make it a stepping stone. Any kind of success I have achieved while cooking falls in three broad categories. I believe it is same with life and business.

Just an idea seems great on paper doesn’t mean it will suddenly make us fall in love with what we don’t like.

  1. Insecure Success: These successes just happened and can be attributed to sheer luck or being at the right place at the right time. I don’t know the method or recipe of these successes. These are a pleasant surprise but once the euphoria of success subsides, the vacuum gets filled with insecurity as I neither know the recipe, nor method if ever required to repeat it. By the end of this kind of success, I only understood WHAT I got not HOW and WHY. It adds fuel to my fears.
  2. Deceptive Success: These successes happened due to lots of hit and trial, can be attributed to hard work and persistence. Since it happened in the search of the correct method, I think, I know how to repeat it and feels that I am the main ingredient of this recipe. These kinds of success make me feel proud and give a sense of bigger I. But repeating it will not be that easy. Since a lot of me got into it, it is fuel to my aham.
  3. Humble Success: These successes happened due to lots of deliberation, planning, understanding of the real problem, excluding lots of superficial problem statements and prudently walking on the right path. The recipe and method both are crystal clear. After achieving this kind of success, I don’t just think but I know how to repeat it. These kinds of success fill me with gratitude. The experience of this success is humbling because the recipes don’t only include me or my powers, I know it has more ingredients beyond my direct control. Those ingredients are known to me and, I know why they worked. It is fuel to nothingness.

After every success, we need to be very mindful about what we know and what we are imagining.

Not all success guarantees sustained euphoria and future success. Now the question comes which one is better? Yogic science has identified that there is three basic gunas of any matter: TAMSIK, RAJSIK, and SATVIK. And the presence of these gunas is us are so much relatable with the type of success we archive and enjoy. Tamsik leads to Insecure Success, Rajsik leads to Deceptive Success, and Satvik leads to Humble success. Based on the sheer weight of the results they produce, no one is better and worse than others. They all are a success and produced pleasant results but just because it has worked once doesn’t mean it is repeatable or even right. Not all success has a similar impact on us and our future. After every success, we need to be very mindful about what we know and what we are imagining. Then only ‘The Miracle of Mindfulness’ happens.

PS: At present we live in an amazingly successful world. The things we take for granted was not even in dreams of our forefathers. These things are a result of some kind of success. It’s not our success alone but how we are going to handle all these successes will define the course of humanity.  

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Next Post

Where our experience is a disadvantage?

Fri Jun 12 , 2020
We were laughing our heart out. Eyes were getting filled by droplets of tear and stomach started to ache, but the laughter was uncontrollable. It […]