The 'C's that Guide Our Journey - Sahil Gupta | Seeking Things

The ‘C’s that Guide Our Journey

Conclusion, Completion and Climax: these Cs seem to be the ultimate goal for achieving something. There is an old saying that “All’s well that ends well”. Following this thought and hoping for the best possible conclusion, we usually do our work. Each of the tasks that we start is filled with a hope of a positive outcome.

But, this approach of doing work isn’t the best one to have.

The approach that aims only towards fulfilling any of the Cs, often makes a person to compromise in terms of his efforts and ethics for the work’s execution. When one cares a lot about the conclusion, he neglects the importance of the path followed towards achieving it. As a result of the immense urge to attain the pleasure of success, he isn’t able to deliver his best.

Let me explain how.

This approach limits a person’s imagination, mainly because today one’s goals are decided by the success of other people. The glory, fame and success of successful people affect him so deeply that he blindly tries to copy their methods. He completely ignores the fact that they might have had different conditions, problems or advantages during their journey. Also the people, who worked in their newly discovered field and ended up being successful, didn’t have anyone as their idol. Nor they could follow someone’s footprints as they were traveling an untraveled road. So they never knew where they were going to stop.

Trying to copy them would kill one’s creativity and snatch his freedom to experiment. One should always try to find new possibilities and fields. Forgetting all the knowledge he has and denying all the laws he has studied, he should try to think about things differently. He should understand the difference between inspiration and copying.

But this doesn’t mean that you must set your C to become the first successful person in a field or to make or discover a new field.

What I am saying is that there should always be a room for innovation and experiment in whatever field you are. Even before discovery of the geography, everyone thought Earth was flat. If everyone would have blindly followed the fact, our lives might have been different. So, never try to lead any other person’s life or try to choose any other person’s life. We should understand the difference between inspiration and copying.

We should take care that,

The conclusions should not guide your methods rather your methods should guide the conclusion.

“With one eye fixed on the destination, there is only one left to guide you along the journey.”

-Robin Sharma’s ‘The Monk who Sold his ferrari’

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन। मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि ॥
(All living entities have the right to perform actions but none have the right to claim the result.)

-Verse 2.47 Shrimad Bhagwat Gita

 

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