“PhD for Success”

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1st March 2024

PhD a mantra for success stands for Passion, Hunger and Discipline!

Develop these attributes and see the difference. Becoming a Passionate, Hungry and Disciplined person can put you on the road to realizing your true greatness.

Passion is all about enjoying what you are doing?

Do you love your work?

It’s extremely important to answer those questions with a resounding ‘Yes!’

Passion helps ensure that you jump out of bed every morning and get to work on your goals, not because you have to, but because you love to.

Passion makes those long hours spent at work seem worthwhile because you are having fun, enjoying every moment.

Outstanding results are not achieved through better resources or bigger budgets but by people who are excited by their mission to be the best.

Martin Luther King once said: ‘If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

Would they be saying that about you?

Are you aiming to be the best ‘YOU’ in the whole world?

It’s nice to be able to do what you love but it’s more important to love what you are doing!

Talking Of hunger, I am reminded of the story of the young man who went up to Socrates and said he wanted to get wisdom. ‘Come with me,’ said Socrates and took him to a river.

Without any warning, Socrates pushed the man’s head under water and held it there. The man did not know what was happening. He struggled for air. He thrust his head about, flailed his arms desperately seeking to get his head above water for some air.

Socrates finally let go and asked him, ‘What did you want when your head was under water?’ ‘I wanted air,’ said the man.

‘Right,’ said Socrates. ‘When you want wisdom as badly as you wanted the air—you will get it!’

So how badly do you want to win?

As Steve Jobs famously advised, Stay hungry, Stay foolish and reap the rewards.

Once you have the passion and the hunger, you’ll probably see a road emerge in front of you, leading you to your goals.

There will be obstacles on the way, there will be roadblocks, and you will need discipline to keep doing the right things, time after time after time. Nothing of substance was ever achieved without discipline.

An Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast put it rather nicely. After yet another triumph, she was asked what the secret of her success was. Her response: ‘I practised when I felt like it. And when I didn’t feel like it!’

Most of us are halfway there. We practice when we feel like it.

We switch on and off—showing great intensity one day and utter callousness the next.

Success demands and rewards discipline. Slogging hard particularly when you ‘don’t feel like it’ is often the key to success.

Develop Passion, Hunger and Discipline, see the difference it makes in realising your potential & stay blessed forever.