Just like an average Indian, I have lived an ordinary life achieving success and making it happen. But what is success really? My success so far has been defined by society.
From the day you are born, you are influenced by the people around you. Like Jim Rohn said – You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Society taught me that success is being well educated, getting a high-paying job and getting rich. Also, rich was not particularly associated with the bank balance, it’s the disposable income and material goods. The more expensive things you can buy, the trendier, the more respected (really envied) you are in the society. So wait, what did I learn here? Work your ass off, earn all that money and spend it so that you can rub it in your neighbors’ faces? Hah!
I did follow this for the longest time. I am still following it to be honest. Did well in school, earned my Bachelors in Engineering, moved to the United States to get my Masters in Engineering, got my dream job and am now doing well at work and getting paid well. But really, is this the real purpose of my life? I mean, I don’t think I was given birth as a human being just to earn money and keep working towards making more money. There has to be something more to life than just being a part of the rat race for money and the so called success. That can’t be it.
That can’t be it. then what is it?
At 26, this might sound bizarre, but I don’t know what the real purpose of my life is. 2012 will be a pursuit to find that. I anticipate a lot of experimentation and a lot of ideas. Wish me luck 🙂
Hey by the way, what is your purpose of life?