Being Unstoppable

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. ~ Steve Jobs

But how can one follow one’s heart and intuition in a world that does not seem to support it.

Wouldn’t you fall if you listened to your intuition rather than your rational mind?
Wouldn’t you fail in your business if you trusted your heart more than what the numbers normally convey?

Well…maybe you’d not!!

If we take a closer look at the lives of some of the greatest leaders and visionaries of this world, we would realize that they have always used their heart and intuition to show them the path that they were meant to take; and then used their heads only to guide them along on that path.

They all lived their lives inside out, being driven from within; building their lives and ideas around a cause…a cause that was close to their hearts…a cause that they had fallen in love with. The external materialistic success such as name, fame, money, has always been a by-product of their cause and not a cause in itself.

Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Soichiro Honda, Walt Disney and many others are some excellent examples of this inside out approach to success.

For those of us, who have read the classic book, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napolean Hill, we would recall that throughout the book, the author talks about one “burning desire” as being the real cause of success for some 500 richest men of America in the 19th and the 20th century.

What is this “burning desire” that has the potential to create miracles and propel the most ordinary people to achieve some of the most extra-ordinary results?

During my years of studying, reflecting and introspection, one of the best answers to this question came to me from “The Upanishads”, the most ancient spiritual texts from the East.

According to “The Upanishads”, during the course of one’s life, every individual must discover for oneself, the purpose or cause to one’s existence on this planet. Then living one’s life purpose, one must serve his fellow human beings in the most loving, selfless and creative manner possible. This they said was the goal of all goals…and when a person starts walking such a path, the individual needs of that person are automatically taken care of by the Universe. Things flow more easily and effortlessly for such a person.

Now, assuming this entire cause and purpose thing is true, where does one begin…how do you know what your unique life purpose is…what is the process of figuring this out.

Without going into too much detail, I would like to give you three basic tips that can guide you towards your unique purpose and calling on this planet:

Number 1: Ask yourself, ‘If I had all the money and time in the world and there were absolutely no constraints on me, whatsoever, what kind of work would I choose to do then? How would I like to spend my days on this planet then?

Number 2: What are my natural talents and abilities and how do I feel when I am expressing these talents in my day-to-day life?

Number 3: Ask yourself the golden question, ‘how can I serve more lovingly and selflessly, doing things that I love to do?

We have all been given our unique gifts, talents and abilities for a reason…so that we can serve humanity better by making full use of our natural gifts. It is no mere chance but it has been designed that way.

And finally, I would like to conclude this article with a very thought provoking quote from Albert Einstein. He once said, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Now, how many people on this planet are trying to climb trees when they should actually be swimming. And the reason for that is they have no clue about their natural talents and abilities. They have no idea if they were meant to be a fish or a bird. They are trying to be successful in life using all the wrong attributes of their personality, by focusing on their weaknesses rather than their natural strengths. Think about that!!

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