Monday, March 30, 2009

Five Stages for Success - Prof.M.S.Rao

Success is the seven letter word excites all of us. But everyone cannot reach it. Only a few can reach it. Why is it so? Is there any magic wand for the successful people?

Success is the confluence of several ingredients such as passion, vision, mission, execution and feedback. Whenever you want to achieve something in your life, you must know what you love the most i.e. passion. Passion is like spark brewing in the heart and, if ignited, it becomes an inferno. Passion is closely connected to more of heart than mind. It is more of chemistry than physics. Passion does not settle for less. It wants more. It doesn’t sleep. It keeps you on toes. It makes you restless. It excites you. It is a typical scenario where it makes you highly focused and task oriented.

Mere doing the things just because others have done and successful will not work out. It ends up in a fiasco. What is required is to find out what touches your heart the most. What are the areas of interest that drives you and gives you a kick for moving ahead? Most of the people successful in the world are basically passionate in what they did. They did what comforted them. They did what brought joy while doing. They tapped their inner talents. They discovered their hidden strengths. They carried forward their raw abilities ruthlessly.

The second successive ingredient for success is vision. It clearly tells you where to go in your life. It reminds you of your present status in life. It directs you in a specific direction based on your passion. Most of the successful people are visionaries. They know what they want in their lives. They set their directions properly and moved ahead successfully.

The third ingredient for achieving success is mission. It tells you how to go. Once the direction has been set, the mission unveils the methods, tools and techniques involved in following the desired direction. It reminds of the resources that are essential for following your path to success. It is at this stage of journey towards success, you have to put constant efforts and energies. It is equally necessary to equip the skills and abilities needed for achieving success.

The fourth ingredient toward success is execution. It is the toughest task. It is easier said than done. There will be number of practical bottlenecks that hinder the path to success. There are both internal and external forces and factors contribute towards execution. The internal factors can be easily managed as things are very much within human control. Self-discipline, self-motivation, hard work, perseverance, determination and grit will play a crucial role. The external environmental factors which are beyond human control can disturb and divert your path towards success. A few call these as fate. Few call the same as luck. It can either make or break you as a successful person. People who have high locus of control don’t believe in destiny. These people strongly feel that their destiny is in their hands. They try to control the external environment as far as possible. If they are not able to manage and face setbacks during the process, they pursue their execution with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

The last ingredient for achieving success is taking feedback. It is a review process where in they look at how far they reached their goals and objectives. If they failed to reach why did they fail? How to overcome the failures and what remedial measures can be taken to pursue the path towards success. It is the status to check the performance.


The road to success is not a cakewalk. It requires lot of struggles and sacrifices. To sum up, you need to be passionate in whatever you undertake. You have to set out your goals and objectives which becomes vision. You set out a clear path or roadmap towards your success and that is known as mission. Mere words won’t pay you but deeds play a crucial role for ensuring success which is execution. And last but not the least, it is equally necessary to take stock of the situation periodically for remedial and corrective action which is known as feedback. When all these ingredients are effectively integrated, success would touch your toes.

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