“Don’t just work, rather build a company.”- Diya
Most mornings end up in confusion nowadays. It’s becoming ever increasingly difficult to find a work-life balance. Sometimes, it feels I am living someone else’s life. I can no longer feel being a part of, my own life. Things are always turning upside down and plans keep backfiring. My entire day passes like a matter of few minutes. And I have strained my eyes enough to find that point of satiety. Now, no more! If I go on a second longer, I am sure my head will explode.
Well, how relatable was that? No matter how hard you work, it never seems to be enough. No matter how long you slog, you always seem to be going around in circles. You have tried figuring it out a lot of times, but things are not improving at all. Well, my friend, come with me on a journey of a few minutes to go around your entire existence. We will figure it out today!
Have you ever tried talking to yourself over a cup of cold coffee or iced tea (as it is summer now!)? Just sit for a couple of minutes, with no thoughts diverting to your life crisis, and think about yourself. Are you actually in control of your life? Are you actually the leader of your life?
We all need to be in full control of our lives. At the end of the day, you cannot live someone else’s life, or face someone else’s mistakes. At the end of it, you cannot afford to be a ‘copy’, when you were born an ‘original’.
Many people might have told you, what you should be doing, how you should be going about with your life? But who do you think has to live this life of yours? Only you! So stop caring about societal, familial and nonsensical opinions. Now, carefully delete all those life decisions which you made, because people said so. Whatever is left in your life after this editing, is the real you. Now, evaluate yourself; evaluate your inner spirit. You will definitely realise, that you are not as much a mess as you think. In fact, you are a beautiful individual with a strong spine. You are much brave than many people out there. You are not just a survivor, you are a conqueror.
This is exactly what a leader does. Not everyone can be a leader, but in one’s own life, every person should strive to be lead. The final decision should always rest with you. Leadership is not as much about power, as it is about skills. A good leader is always skilled in using his power. In a cricket team, it is not always necessary that the best batsman would be selected as the Captain of the team. Rather, the one who is most skilled in allocation and utilisation of available resources is selected as the Captain.
Some of the qualities of an able leader are:-
- Unwavering vision
- Introspection and retrospection
- A good listener
You might be a leader inside, and that is how things should plan out for you. That is actually what you need to be. If you are an entrepreneur, if you run a start up, you do not have any book of rules that you need to follow. Rather it is your instincts, your intellect that you need to give wings to. Every successful entrepreneur is first an excellent leader. He/she knows very well that a company does not run on its employees alone, it runs on ideas, it runs on ideals, principles and many more things. The quality of leadership is an essential prerequisite for any business.
The best thing about leadership is that it can be cultivated over time. So, it is not necessary for you to be an innate leader, you can instead be an acquired leader. You need to learn from past experiences, you need to take note of your life; you need to be in control. Otherwise, you will be like a dry autumn leaf, lifted even by the slightest winds, but always pulled down by gravity.
Therefore, for all those times when you feel like giving up, understand that, not everyone was meant to do what you are up to. Everyone is not you. Take a stand for your dreams. Even if things don’t turn out well, they will one day. Remember, if you do not have the patience to wait, you may as well give up now. Labour is of no use, if waiting is not your game. Every successful entrepreneur is sure of his returns and is unafraid to take risks. We are all leaders of our destiny. And, you will be a happy person in life. Isn’t it what all of us ultimately want? A peaceful and happy life, filled with love and trust. Stop equating happiness and satisfaction with transient things; rather live a life which will not be terminated by death. We all should make our lives great; after all, we get to live only once!
So, friends, do remember- stars may shine only in darkness, that doesn’t mean they will stop burning in the daylight. Be a star. Be you!