India’s former President, APJ Abdul Kalam, a man who has headed organizations in areas like Space, Atomic Energy, Defence.:-
“If you are a writer who would secretly prefer to be a lawyer or a doctor, your written words will feed but half the hunger of your readers; if you are a teacher who would rather be a businessman, your instructions will meet but half the need for knowledge of your students; if you are a scientist who hates science, your performance will satisfy but half the needs of your mission. The personal unhappiness and failure to achieve results that come from being a square peg in a round hole is not by any means new. “ In another part of the book Mr Kalam states, “ I myself would tell naviete engineering students that when they choose their specialization, the essential point to consider is whether the choice articulates their inner feelings and aspirations”
India’s movie Superstar Amitabh Bachchan on being quizzed on the secret of his success once remarked,” I consider myself lucky that early in life I could decide that I wanted to become an actor. I have come across several people in my lifetime who do not know what to do with themselves.” His contemporary cricket superstar, Sunil Gavaskar said “I wanted to study and play cricket since I was a kid” which also reflects how important it is to determine your interests at a young age.
On being asked the secret of his energetic, “full of bounce” life even in old age, Indian actor Dev Anand said .” No drug can turn you on as your own work. I am always on the high.You cannot enjoy your life unless you enjoy your work(26/09/2007)”
The great Indian actor, Balraj Sahni who was a businessman’s son was a career dabbler – his father’s business, a printing press, Sevagram with Gandhiji , Shantiniketan with Rabindranath Tagore, London as a Radio Broadcaster, Actor in the Indian film Industry and when still unfulfilled, he went to his native Punjab to write in Punjabi.
In his autobiography, former Indian Tennis Ace Vijay Amritraj states,” I have been incredibly lucky because I have earned large amount of money doing what I like best. I enjoy the kind of business I do and I enjoy the kind of sport I play and I would always opt for the most enjoyable choice rather than the one offering the biggest financial gain. My one nightmare is having to work at something I would hate, just to earn enough to keep my family secure. I hope it never comes to that.”
Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand in Timeslife 20/5/2007- “Chess is an integral part of my life. The game has given me a chance to do something that I really enjoy doing. It has given me some of my most cherished moments. I am passionate about Chess but not obsessed by it. I try to enjoy my chess but never force myself to play”
Former India cricket Captain Kapil Dev repeatedly stresses on the need to enjoy the game both in his autobiography and various articles.
Wipro Chairman Azim Premji –“The primary purpose of a school is to guide the child’s discovery of herself and her world and to identify and mature the child’s talents. Just as each seed contains the future tree, each child is born with infinite potential. Imagine a school in which sees children as seeds to be nurtured-here the teacher is a gardener who tries to bring out the potential already present in the child. This is very different from the current view which sees the child as clay to be moulded where the teachers and parents are potters deciding what shape the clay should take. There is an old Chinese saying ,” Give a seed to a potter and you shall have a bonsai.” Implicattion- Try to be a potter, not a gardener
Former world Billiards and Snooker Champion ,Geet Sethi in his wonderful book “Success v/s Joy”, “I have compared notes with many 40 plus men who have been at the pinnacle of their professions and many have confessed that they are not enjoying what they are doing. In fact, many of them are quite miserable”
Ancient Indian spiritual scriptures called the “shastras” have actually used a special word “Swadharma” for one’s life’s vocation.
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
India’s Great Mystic Osho,” Somebody who could have been a poet is just a moneylender. Somebody who could have been a painter is a doctor. Somebody who could have been a good doctor is a businessman. Everybody is displaced. Everybody is doing something that he never wanted to do. Hence unhappiness. Happiness happens when you fit with your life. When you fit so harmoniously that whatsoever you are doing is your joy. Then suddenly you come to know that meditation follows you. If you love the work you are doing, if you love the way you are living, then you are meditative. It is deemed that happiness comes when one is meditative. It is just the other way around. One is meditative when one is happy. ”
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
— Albert Schweitzer
J. Krishnamurthy,” To find out what you love to do is one of the most difficult things. That is part of education. To find out, you have to go very, very deeply.You may say that I want to be a lawyer and you struggle to become a lawyer, and then suddenly you find that you do not want to become a lawyer. You would like to paint.But it is too late. You are already married. You already have a wife and children.You cannot give up your career, your responsibilities. So you feel frustrated, unhappy. . Or you may say, “I really would like to paint” and you devote all your life to it and suddenly you find that you are not a good painter and what you really want to do is become a pilot.
Sri Aurobindo Life has a divine purpose and one of the most important tasks of education is to lead the student to discover for himself the aim of life and the specific role that he himself has to play in it. Knowledge is not something that should be to imparted to the student; rather opportunities and carefully selected material should be presented to him in such a way as to stimulate him to an inner activity by which real knowledge can be evoked from within.
“People’s hobbies are more their measure than their jobs.” — Robert Byrne, Byrne’s Book of Great Pool Stories
“The luckiest person is one whose hobby and profession are the same.”
It was Thomas Edison who inspite of working 18 hours a day once remarked,” I never did a day’s work in my life.It was all fun”
Abrahm Maslow. ”Peak experiences make a man healthy and only a healthy man can have peak experiences. Peak experiences are profound moments of love, understanding, happiness, or rapture, when a person feels more whole, alive, self-sufficient and yet a part of the world, more aware of truth, justice, harmony, goodness, and so on. Self-actualizing people have many such peak experiences. Not only are these his happiest and most thrilling moments, but they are also moments of greatest maturity, individuation, fulfilment – in a word, his healthiest moments. He becomes in these episodes more truly himself, more perfectly actualizing his potentialities, closer to the core of his Being, more fully human.A musician must make music, an artist must paint, and a poet must write.” If these needs are not met, the person feels restlessness, on edge, tense, and lacking something. It is not always clear what a person wants when there is a need for self-actualization. After self actualisation comes transcendence which is to help others find self fulfilment and realize their potential. In the practical situation however , how can it ever be assessed to what degree and to what extent this has been achieved.”
“Choose the job that you love and you will never have to work for a day in your life.”
“Work is not part of life but life itself.”
“Choose your career not on the basis of what you know but who you are”
“The ideal career is one in which the personal profile, business profile and market profile combine”
“ The real tragedy of life is not being limited to one talent but in failure to use the one talent.” –Edgar.W.Work
“If one does not love work, one is truly unhappy in life. In order to be truly happy in life one must love work”- The Mother
“ Work banishes those three great evils, boredom, vice and poverty.”- -Voltaire
“When work is a pleasure,life is a joy, when work is duty, life is slavery.”- Maxim Gorky
“ As a cure for worrying, work is better than whisky.” – Thomas. A. Edison
“Education is helping the child realize his potentialities”- Erichch Fromm
“Education is the kindling of a soul, not the filling of a vessel”-Socrates
“Education is the manifestation of perfection already present in a man”, said Swami Vivekanand
“In work, we have the possibility of discovering ourselves”
“Winners do not do different things. They do things differently.”- Indian motivation speaker Shiv Khera. – What is it that you can do differently?
“Nobody is to be pitied as much as the person who gets nothing out of his job but his pay”-Dale Carnegie
Thomas Carlyle,” The person who has found his vocation in life is a blessed human being. Let him ask for no other blessedness.”
Benjamin Franklin,” There are three things extremely hard:steel, a diamond and to know one self”
“There are many people who select their occupations enticed by the wrong glamour of money or qualifications. Then they are trapped in the wrong jobs and may have to endure a lifetime of misery and suffering.”- Anonymous
“Those who can do. Those who can’t teach. Those who can’t teach train teachers. Those who can’t train teachers write teacher training textbooks. “- George Bernard Shaw
For those caught because their calling not being “Important work”:-An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than in incompetent philospher. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because its a humble activity and tolerates shodiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water. Excellence is not confined to fancy white collar activities
This site’s message:-
If you want to be happy for a day, go on a picnic.
If you want to be happy for a week, go on a holiday.
If you want to be happy for a month, get married.
If you want to be happy for a year, inherit wealth.
If you want to be happy for a lifetime, do the work that you love.