Everyone wants to be successful in life, but there are few who know the elements of success, the factors that go to build up success. Today, success is being confounded with making money, with amassing millions and billions. Some people equate it with power and position. Many of us tend to equate success with visible material acquisitions. Outer things, external achievements, are not yardsticks for success. Power, prestige, position, social influence, higher degrees awarded by universities—all these are outer things. They only touch the fringe of life, they do not enter the depths within. A man may have all this, and yet he may be intellectually barren; he may be emotionally barren, spiritually sterile. Would you call such a man successful?
What then, is success all about? What is true success? I would define success as the ability to be happy and make others happy; the ability to love and be loved; the ability to remain in peaceful harmony with oneself; with those around you and with God’s cosmic laws.
Let us delve into the story of such a man, who achieved success in life.
You may have heard of Dunlop tyres! They were manufactured by George C. Dunlop. As a young man, Dunlop was far from wealthy. But he genuinely cared for an old woman, who was an invalid. She was confined to a wheel chair, and George would often propel the chair for her. He found she suffered severe jolting and discomfort, when the steel rims of the wheel chair moved on rough terrain. He wanted to do something that would reduce her discomfort.
In those, days, a new material was much talked about. People were beginning to marvel over its flexibility and softness. It was nothing but rubber! Dunlop took strands of rubber and wound them around the steel rims of the wheel chair and found that this smoothened considerably, the movements of the wheel giving a great deal of comfort to his invalid friend. Thus, began the story of Dunlop tyres—first designed to bring comfort to an invalid’s life, they made George Dunlop a wealthy man many times over.
Giving to others actually connects you to a greater source of abundance and prosperity.
There is no happiness in wealth, but there is considerable wealth in the experience of happiness.