Inspiration is one of the most important factors in helping human beings create and achieve what they wish to. Fortunately, we don’t have to look too far for inspiration. Great personalities throughout history have lived wonderful lives and set great examples that we can learn from and find inspiration in.
Henry Ford, the automobile magnate and industrialist who invented the production line, redefined the way we go about industrial production and lived a life that saw great success. Ford’s ethos in life is probably epitomized in his quote which says, “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” To be able to put aside though of past failures, pick up what lessons you can from them and move on is an integral part of success. Even the greatest pioneers in their fields failed several times before meeting success. There is no reason to let our commitment waiver when we encounter failure.
Swami Vivekananda was the Indian philosopher who introduced Indian philosophy to the West. Swami Vivekananda’s quotes about opportunity and destiny are eye-openers on what a human being is capable of when well prepared. He says, “The wind is blowing; those vessels whose sails are unfurled catch it and go forward on their way.” It is always best to depend on our own effort and create opportunities instead of waiting for a lucky chance. Only then will we be well prepared when luck favors us and puts some wind behind our sails!
Mahatma Gandhi is well known around the world for having won India independence from the British. But instead of resorting to violence, he did this almost entirely to non-violent means. The qualities that made him a good leader were his integrity and commitment to the cause. Once you have set yourself a goal, working towards it with committed resolve is an important aspect of success. It was Mahatma Gandhi’s absolute integrity of purpose that helped him and his fellow countrymen evict an occupying force that had been in India for two hundred years. The Isha Blog lists the keys to success that made Gandhi such a wonderful leader.
Of course, it is important to remember that inspiration is only the first step to success. Working with clarity and empowering ourselves with the necessary skills and capabilities to succeed are as important an aspect of achieving our dreams.