Thursday, 14 July 2011

Is Only Success Enough?

Recently, I came across a pretty interesting article by Chetan Bhagat, a best-selling Indian author and motivational speaker.

He wrote that success alone is not enough. His take is that it’s more important to have a balanced life than a successful life.

By a balanced life, he implies having mental peace and happiness. He stresses that having a successful, yet unbalanced life is of no use to anyone. There is no happiness in getting a promotion if you are going through a nasty divorce. There is no joy in living in the most expensive house in the city, if you do not have a loved one to share it with. You may dine in the best of restaurants, but you can never enjoy it if you have no one willing to accompany you. There is no fun in going for a night-out if you haven't slept for two days.

Success - Happiness = Failure
I believe the case is the same with Time Management. There is no use of being the most efficient person in the world, if you are unable to keep yourself happy. What is the use of saving yourself an hour each day through multi-tasking, if you are unable to sleep at night? The time you save should be used to let you do things that you enjoy doing. 
Use Time Management, not just to be more efficient, but to make your life happier. 

It is important to realize that everything we do, every action we take, should be done with the ultimate intention of attaining happiness. Sometimes, in the humdrum of life's affairs, we forget this goal and become more involved in petty issues like ranking first in class, having more cars than our neighbours or being richer than our peers.

What is a successful life, if it is not balanced? What is a successful life if it fails to give us happiness?

So go on, leave your office early today, just to spend a little more time with your family. It’s alright to be a little late to work once in a while, if you are dropping your child to school. Sometimes these small things are cherished and are more heart-warming than promotions or pay-raises. 

You can read the original article by Bhagat here:

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