Thoughts on Success by Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati

Success can be measured from two standpoints: External and the internal. Externally it is the measure of a job well done and recognition. Internally it is a feeling of achievement and wholeness derived from the completion of a task or the fulfillment of a desire.

Our goals are based on our desires and aspirations. When we fulfill a desire or achieve a goal we feel happy and successful. But shortly another desire arises and we feel incomplete and begin to strive again.

Modern management philosophy says that if a person is satisfied there is a lack of motivation and this works against the interest of the corporation. This is a negative approach. When people are positively satisfied, they want to share their feelings with others... Their motivational levels get higher. They want to work more and also efficiently.

Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati is associated with Chinmaya Mission
(Source – Excerpts from an article in the Speaking Tree section of Times of India dated November 23, 2008)