“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can” - Nikos Kazantzakis
Everything in life requires effort, You have to work for what you want because “there is no such thing as a free lunch,”
said Milton Friedman, the famous American economist and writer. I have always been curious to discover what exactly drives people to accomplish their goals. I have been considering the various techniques individuals use in order to achieve self-growth, as well as how one contributes to the organization or institution they are associated with. Some fundamental questions to consider are :
- Why do people’s motivations in life differ from one another?
- Why do we want to grow in every aspect of life?
- Why don’t certain matters occur naturally for individuals? Why do failures lead to stress and sleepless nights?
- What are organizations, as well as individuals, ultimately trying to achieve?
I come from a very small village in India. In my village, I have seen a wide range of societal living conditions from the poor and disadvantaged, to the driven and successful. There have been several instances where families from nearby villages would come to my village in order to find work to survive, as well as to receive shelter. The work that they would do included: repairing traditional farm equipment, polishing old metal pots, making metal structures of various Gods & Goddesses, etc. The families would accept any form of work and do it without a pre-decided contract or monetary negotiation . They were always driven by, "I will do it, give it to me!”
When I was younger, I often accompanied my grandfather whenever he performed labor transactions. My grandfather, as well as other citizens from my village, would usually offer the visiting families temporary work at home or on their farms. These expatriated poor families would accept any work without questioning the complexity or extreme labor that the work entailed. On the way to school, I would stop and watch the villagers who were working and listen to their conversations. They would talk to members of their family using the typical local slang, laugh and have fun while doing their job. It amazed me how they could get through their typical work day so calmly, no matter how intense the labor. I remember when I was in sixth grade, there was a family who came to visit our village for about a week. They had a unique type of work, they were a part of the circus. The family put on several shows in our village for about a week. The couple had two children who had exceptional skills in tightrope walking and shapeshifting. The father would walk on needles and fire coals; and the mother knew how to play the drums, the flute, and knew how to whistle exceptionally well. Their entire family was extremely flexible and wouldn't express their stress or tiredness, even after all the hard labor each show entailed. They complemented each other and made the journey worth! When I look back at all of these observations and compare them to my corporate experiences, it confirms my initial thoughts on such important aspects of life, as I have mentioned above. I call them ‘PCPA,’ short for Purpose, Curiosity, Passion, and Attitude. PCPA
- stands for:
- Purpose - the reason for your journey
- Curiosity - learning and improvising
- Passion - driving force, the motivation behind your actions
- Attitude - staying hungry, wanting to do more, being positive, respecting people
The families that travelled to my village were united by one purpose- 'Survival'.
Their nomadic lifestyles were what brought them to my village for the sole purpose to find work in order to survive. They were curious to learn from every angle possible, they laughed at their own failures, coached and mentored each other, and learned from their mistakes. The pure curiosity of these migrant families assisted in creating the foundations of their journey. Passionate for what they do well, they thrived on the art of doing things smoothly without getting distracted - regardless of what these distractions were, they continued to work without an assurance of a reward. The families who came to the villages for work earned the love and affection of the people by treating everyone like royalty. They were positive, did not bother about monetary returns, had no fear of failure, and respected everyone. I am sure you will agree with me, it's the 'Purpose'
- the foundation, that allows us to have a reason for creating a journey. We should reassess our own purpose of life, what motivates us, and with passion and attitude, learn to challenge ourselves in order to better succeed. Why do we exist as a individual or an organisation? - Find out and stay tuned to better your journey !! Please share your feedback! Photo courtesy of Google Images This post also appeared on LinkedIn.