The world of human beings has peculiar characteristics. People measure any success by the outcome, ignoring the efforts preceding it. A swimmer wins an Olympic medal by a second, but the person coming next is ignored. Anyone that reaches the top is considered a great achiever. To be fair in our judgement, the methods adopted and the efforts expended in any success should also be weighed to determine the real achiever. Many sportsmen lost their title or medals after the doping effect of some drugs was found out. Similarly, the business stalwarts of yesterday were found to be facing the criminal charges of abuse of powers and manipulations.
The following are the instances of how many people earn fame and name by unethical ways and take pride as if they achieved by themselves.
1. Turn a big shot by crooks and tricks.
2. Occupy the top spot by default.
3. Grab opportunities like education, employment, etc. through the shortcuts and unfair means.
4. Use the political, religious, and communal links to further self-interest, and
5. Gain power through the muscle and money power.
A real achiever will possess the characteristics as below.
1. Rises to the top through the legitimate means and own efforts such as talent and strength.
2. Never seeks undue favor to promote his interests.
3. Never pampers for others' benevolence.
4. Believes in honesty and integrity.
5. Never employs any influence to serve his purpose.
6. Shuns bribery and corruption, and
7. Cares for others' welfare.
Two examples would make the above points clear.
A Vagabond turned a VIP. A lonely man in rags took shelter on the pavement near a small tea shop. He used to lead the life by seeking alms from the passers-by and those visiting the shop. Nobody had any idea of his genesis. One day, a political party asked him to attend its agitation for the sake of head counts and paid him a food packet and some cash. Gradually, he began attending the rallies and public meetings of that party on a regular basis. However, the lure of money and power made him learn the nuances of politics. About 5 years later, he gained popularity and the confidence of the local leaders and secured the contacts and relationships of high ranks as well. At one stage, he overtook the mentor to become a confidant of the high command. He made huge wealth within a short time and led a luxurious life. The customers of the tea shop wondered how a loafer could become such an influential figure. Nonetheless, Everything came to an end when the corruption and other crimes of him came to light.
Dedication sans publicity. In an office, a clerk worked with all sincerity and devotion. He remained unmarried and spent a major portion of his income for the welfare of poor people. After the office hours, he would visit the homes of the less privileged and provide them with the food and clothes. Not only that, he donated his superannuation benefits to a social organization caring for the aged and homeless people. Unsatisfied by all these, post retirement he took up a job in a restaurant. Retaining a small amount for self-sustenance, he gifted the meagre earnings to help the indigent. Neither he sought others help nor claimed publicity for the noble and selfless work rendered by him.
Now, decide who is the real achiever. Neither all that glitters is gold nor that remains hidden has no value. Time alone exposes the facts.