Self and Success


Ghausia Mushtaq
Assistant Professor
Gyan Institute of Management and Technology


Many People believe that the image they have of themselves is their mind or head is their true self. This assumption should be considered a little more carefully. The "self" you paint in your mind is a self which has been painted not the self which paints.

People become discourage because of the mistakes this painted image of the self makes and the ignorance it exhibits; they suffer and hate themselves. What they are actually doing is playing assort of game based on a misapprehension.

The minds work in a wonderful ways. Nevertheless, perhaps because it has no form, few people are observing it. In particular, they cannot deal with the idea of the "true self", because it indicates self as a subject. This poses a problem because human beings can not perceive the subjective self objectively. In a world in which the self cannot be seen objectively, the fact of the subjective self poses difficult to penetrate barrier. Given this there is no method other than "knowing the self". 

There are number of people who are actually having a misconception of themselves and they have never tried to discover the truth about themselves or to examine themselves seriously concerning their real self. What we always thought of as "self" is not that which controls behavior, but only an idea of the self. Ascertaining who we truly are is the starting point of all things in our life.

We normally live within knowledge based upon sensation. This means seeing peoples or things, hearing sounds, smelling odors, tasting food and understanding the size of objects through our senses. This is called knowledge based on experiences. In addition to this experimental understanding, however we also possess transcendental understanding that is not directly related to the senses. This includes recognition of philosophical theories, for example. At the same time, human being possesses a transcendental consciousness. This is a consciousness that, though existing in the actual world of sensory knowledge, is neither bound nor regulated by the object of sensation. In this sense it has no connection with these objects. There are many people who have rich experiences of transcendental consciousness in their daily lives, yet how do not consciously take hold of them or consider them on a personal basis. Transcendental consciousness is also called "pure consciousness". It is of great importance that philosopher of the past has regarded, this conscious comprehension of transcendental, or pure.

Conscious and a devotion to living within it as human perfection. We can say that the goal of life is to actualize our self, or to perfect our personality. To ask what this self or personality is however, lead us into difficult controversial territory, for it does not denote the physical body, but rather refers to the idea of spirit.

It is highly desirable that we should be able to comprehend this transcendental, pure consciousness correctly in an aware manner in our own lives. This is quite simple to do once we have realized it, but in the unenlightened state transcendental consciousness cannot be comprehend easily within the twenty-four hours every day.

This teaches us that the transcendental consciousness is extremely close to us but we tend not to consider this point in relation to our daily experience.

Success Definition

What is your definition of success? Before you can achieve success, you need to define what success means to you. Unless you have a clear vision of what success is to you, you cannot work towards it.

Success means different things to different people. For some, monetary reward is a measure of success. Yet others have multiple definition of success.

1. The Different Areas

They measure it across a few areas. It can be career, health, spiritual, emotional, time or financial. As an example, one can be successful in one's career but not emotionally. Of course, this list isn't exhaustive - so you can add areas that are relevant to you.

To find your own definition of success you need to dig deep within yourself and question your values in life. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are the things that are important to you? By answering these questions you can then come closer to your own definition of success.

Be aware that this can be a long process. You may not get the answers so quickly. But it is alright. Define your measure of success, one at a time.

Let's take your career as an example. What would your definition of success be for your career? To make the managerial level by a specified time? Then dig deep to see what are your own strengths and weaknesses. Which would help you achieve it? Which of your weakness is a barrier, and does it go against your values?

For me, I value time with my family. However, my work requires me to work late nights and long hours. I will need to adjust my own definition of success. Which would take priority?

2. It Is A Journey

When defining your success, remember this important thing. Success is a journey. It has multiple peaks and not one ultimate pinnacle. One success builds on another. Setbacks and mistake will also help you build success. At different periods of your life, success is defined differently.

In our career, at a more junior level, your success can be defined by exceeding your job requirements or getting a promotion. Or success can be defined in a few respects. They can be:

1. Your relationship with your boss;
2. Your relationship with your peers;
3. You're dealing with other departments; and
4. You're learning curve.

You may add other areas as you move up the corporate ladder. One of my definitions of success in my career at this point - is the number of staff I mentor to higher levels within my industry. When they achieve a certain level of skills and knowledge and are respected by clients, business partners and industry peers I have achieved some amount of success as far as my career is concerned.

Analyzing Yourself          

The essential ingredients for success are to:

* Decide what personal success you want
* Create a personal vision of success
* Adopt a quantum leap approach
* Focus on success goals
* Be undeterred by setbacks

Self SWOT Analysis

The starting point for high achievement is your personal and business life is to receive positively your strength and weaknesses. A basic self-assessment should review:

* What am I good at?
* What do I enjoy doing or would enjoy given the chance?
* What king of business would I like to work in or to own?
* What are my assets?
* What work situations, frustrations and stresses do I wish to avoid?

You should ask your self-questions such as these regularly to provide opportunities to focus on what you would like to make happen and to aim for the high achievement of desired results.


* Focus on your goals and keep difficulties in perspective
* See you problems as opportunities
* Be a resultaholic not a workaholic
* Set deadlines
* Work on the important not on the seemingly urgent
* Take time out to think
* Develop non work interest and activities
* Write down your fears, frustrations, problems and ways to overcome them
* Don't pass over a difficult task start the day with it, or fix the time to do it


In that sense we can say a proper understanding for our real self is the essential ingredient to success recipe by the above discussion we can come to a conclusion that success is anyone's "cup of tea' irrespective of the grades awarded. Planning to overcome internal and external obstacle, using different skills, and the ability to deal with criticism, interference, lack of enthusiasm, disputes and lateness, courage to take risk, will power to maintain momentum, fairness to ensure the credibility of the work done. An individual having these qualities or is in a stage to develop these qualities in themselves can achieve any success they desired in their lives.


Prasad, L.M. Organisation Behaviour Sultan Chand & Co.

Vasisht, Neetu Principles of Management, Taxman Publication

Ghausia Mushtaq
Assistant Professor
Gyan Institute of Management and Technology

Source: E-mail May 19, 2011


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