Success

Someone asked my definition of Success and I realized, I don’t have a definition of success. Instead, I have a story. A story that tells how I felt success and realized what success is for me.

Year 2013, I changed job ans joined Sterling Relocation, a UK based company. So, after joining I was to go to UK for a week for my training. For most of the people out their who travel across the globe every year or may be many times a year, this may not be anything special. In fact, it wasn’t special for me as well. Though I was excited that I was going to London for the first time, it meant nothing more.

When I came back from London, I made a visit to my parents in my hometown. Incidentally, my grandparents were also visiting and my parents already told them about my UK visit.

My grandfather is a wise old man who never went to school but made sure that his brothers and his children go to school and get education. He learnt being a farmer and a village man. For a man like him, who has also witnessed the British rule in india, it is a big deal that his granddaughter is being invited by a British company to visit London and work with them.

When I reached home, he made me sit beside; put his loving hand on my head and with a childlike curiosity, deep love and enthusiasm asked me all about my London visit. Later I heard him bragging to my grandmother and I am sure he would have bragged about me to everyone in village as well.

His enthusiasm, joy and a deep sense of pride in me was the moment when I felt how success feels like. In my old man’s eyes, I was the most successful person. He wasn’t bothered to compare me to the rest of the people in the world as to how I fare or where I am ranked in terms of foreign travel. He was happy because his granddaughter, a farmer’s grand daughter made a name for herself. Doesn’t matter how big or small a name she made. But she made it with her hard work.

I found my success, not in achieving some position, material possession, reward or award. I found my success in the smile and joy of my Grandfather’s eyes. I feel success ever since in the hugs and laughter of my children. I feel success in the faith and confidence of my friends and colleagues. I feel success in the eyes that look at me every morning in the mirror.

Year 2013, I changed job and joined Sterling Relocation, a UK based company. So, after joining I was to go to UK for a week for my training. For most of the people out their who travel across the globe every year or may be many times a year, this may not be anything special. In fact, it wasn’t special for me as well. Though I was excited that I was going to London for the first time, it meant nothing more.

When I came back from London, I made a visit to my parents in my hometown. Incidentally, my grandparents were also visiting and my parents already told them about my UK visit.

My grandfather is a wise old man who never went to school but made sure that his brothers and his children go to school and get education. He learnt being a farmer and a village man. For a man like him, who has also witnessed the British rule in India, it is a big deal that his granddaughter is being invited by a British company to visit London and work with them.

When I reached home, he made me sit beside; put his loving hands on my head and with a childlike curiosity, deep love and enthusiasm asked me all about my London visit. Later I

heard him bragging to my grandmother and I am sure he would have bragged about me to everyone in village as well.

His enthusiasm, joy and a deep sense of pride in me was the moment when I felt how success feels like. In my old man’s eyes, I was the most successful person. He wasn’t bothered to compare me to the rest of the people in the world as to how I fare or where I am ranked in terms of foreign travel. He was happy because his granddaughter, a farmer’s granddaughter made a name for herself. Doesn’t matter how big or small a name she made. But she made it with her hard work.

I found my success, not in achieving some position, material possession, reward or award. I found my success in the smile and joy of my Grandfather’s eyes. I feel success ever since in the hugs and laughter of my children. I feel success in the faith and confidence of my friends and colleagues. I feel success in the eyes that look at me every morning in the mirror.