Riya: “ I am not happy with my career.”
Sebastin: “ Why is that so?”
Riya: “ I am not in the position I want to be in”
Sebastin: “ Why does position matter to you?”
Riya: “ That is what defines what I am doing in my career.”
Well, a lot of us work for fame and money. But will that take us to places where we want to reach?
“The greatest reward in becoming a millionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to become a millionaire.” — Jim Rohn
Fame and money are by-product of the work you do. World gives those people money who work for betterment of a lot of others. If you are working just for yourself, you reach no where.
Inspite of all this, why do we run after fame?
Two teenagers who were in love with each other were having the following conversation:
Calvin: “A girl I like doesn’t like me back”
Karry: “Do you love me?”
Calvin: “No, I don’t. There are three other girls who want to date me. But I don’t talk to any of them. You are the only friend I talk to. ”
In the above conversation, if Karry would have gone by yes or no, it would have showed that he doesn’t love her. But if she understood what Calvin conveyed intentionally or unintentionally, it shows that she matters for him.
Manager: “ You are the best one who I can put on this project”
Subordinate: “ Sure. Thanks!”
The subordinate can either think that the boss is trying to exploit him or feel happy that he trusts him with the work.
In the above conversations, if they just went by name, they were not getting what they truly want. But if they go by the depth, they are actually on the path to what they want.
Similarly, in your life too you might not be having the name and fame you want right now. But you are definitely on the path of your dreams.
But if you are not even in the path, then do the following:
What are you doing wrong?
What you really want and what you think you want might be different. Think again if you are clear about your dreams.
If your dreams are clear, are you putting in efforts or wanting things to happen on their own?
If you are putting in efforts, are you just being a hard worker or trying to do things smart?
Is your environment conducive?
Does your family support your dreams? If you have parents whose dreams are different from yours, you will end up spending a lot of time in convincing them or fighting the resistance.
If your manager is not supportive, you will not be getting the projects which will take you up the career ladder.
Even though this is not under your control, you can alter the circumstances a little to your advantage.
What is in your control?
As we discussed above, a few things can be immediately changed and a few things take time.
If you are not getting good projects, find projects on your own and work on them. That is what I have done when I felt that I was being underutilised at work.
Even after having all the above debate with yourself, if you still feel like chasing fame and money, recollect this quote from Bagvadgita –
karmaṇy-evādhikāras te mā phaleṣhu kadāchana
mā karma-phala-hetur bhūr mā te saṅgo ’stvakarmaṇi
Translation: You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction.
Happy doing work!