Is success in business a matter of luck or self-effort? It’s a question often asked, especially by those who are struggling to build their companies.
There’s this saying about success being 99 percent hard work and one percent luck. But, remember, you will never get lucky till you put in the best of your efforts. Only then the opportunity would knock.
Kautilya says that when such an opportunity finally comes, potentially bringing the success with it, you should be alert enough to grab it. He says, “Time comes but once to a man waiting for an opportunity; that time is difficult for that man to get again when he wants to do his work.” (5.6.31)
You might have heard the adage that talks of opportunity not knocking twice, but here’s another interesting one for you: “When opportunity knocks, either we are out or sleeping in!” Still, we have to understand that it is not only about the opportunity itself but about the right opportunity at that. So how does one recognise this so-called right opportunity? Here are some steps to follow:
People only see the successful part of a businessman; they never recognise the hardships that he has gone through to become successful.
Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai is an Indian management thinker, author, and Founder of Atma Darshan and Chanakya Aanvikshiki. Dr Pillai has extensively researched Kautilya’s Arthashastra, the 3rd century BC treatise and incorporated it into modern management.