If we look back into world history of mankind, we find that the world has produced many remarkable personalities who became great with sheer determination and hard work. They were highly influential people who possessed amazing personal charisma coupled with great wisdom and intelligence. This has distinctly and decisively impacted the journey of the world history. Their charisma has not died with them and is still vibrating in the world arena. It is still constantly lingering in the minds of people inspiring generation after generation to achieve even bigger things in life. The list of such great people world over is exhaustively long and includes many famous names. The most prominent among them are; Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), the South African Anti-apartheid leader, Martin Luther King (1929-1968) the American non-violent civil rights leader, Mikhail Gorbachev (1931-), the Soviet Union leader who presided over the transition of communism to democracy in the Soviet Union, George Washington (1732-1799), the first President of United State who led America to independence from Britain, Barack Obama (1961- )the first black American President, Winston Churchill (1874-1965), Prime Minister of Great Britain who lead the Empire against Nazi Germany, Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), who established his Empire from Ionian Sea to the Himalayas in India, Constantine the Great (272-337), who consolidated the Roman Empire, Akbar (1542-1605), the Mogul Emperor who consolidated his Empire across India through military victories, Socrates (469-399 BC), the Athenian philosopher, Plato (424-348 BC), the Greek philosopher, William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the English writer and poet, Karl Marx (1818-1883), the German Marxist philosopher, Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910 ), the Russian novelist and philosopher, Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), the Indian nationalist leader and politician who led India to independence from Great Britain, Jesus Christ (0-32 AD), the creator of Christian religion, Prophet Muhammad (570-632), the prophet and messenger of God and founder of Quran and Muslim religion, Lord Rama, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu who established Rama Rajya, a model of governance in India, Lord Shri Krishna, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu who gave the world the teachings of the Bhagwad Gita in the battlefield of Kurukshetra, Mahavira Swamy (540 BCE-468 BCE), the founder of Jainism, Gautam Buddha (c560-c460 BC), the founder of Buddhism, Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the spiritual guru and founder of Sikhism, Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), the Hindu monk who brought Indian yoga and Indian spirituality to the world at the world Parliament of Religions in 1893, Dalai Lama (1950- ), the Tibetan political and spiritual leader and many other great leaders, scientists, musicians, artists, businessmen, sports persons and more who have made a spectacular difference in the world.
How these great people have become great? They were not born great. They all had their limitations and constraints. They all had their normal life and struggles but what they did was, they did the things differently in their life. They faced many hardships and obstacles but they never gave up. Nelson Mandela, the anti apartheid leader was jailed for twenty seven years. Twenty seven years is not a small period. He did not break down and never surrendered to the regime. Finally he was released in 1990 and in 1994 he became the President of South Africa. Mahatma Gandhi, whom the people of India call father of Indian nation, faced inhuman racial discrimination while in South Africa. Being black, he was thrown out of a first class compartment of a train by the English officers in a chilly winter night in spite of having a valid travel ticket. He bore the brunt of inhuman violence but never gave up and decided to fight against the evil. Back in India, he realized the pathetic conditions of his countrymen living under the British rule. He organized the people of India to rise against the mighty British Empire and demanded nothing less than full freedom from its dominion. Krishna, the cowherd boy born before five thousand years under the most difficult circumstances in a jail to be killed by his own maternal uncle Kansa, was saved by the destiny and had constantly faced the threat of being eliminated by Kansa. He could survive by his sheer moral strength and willingness to confront the enemy head on and could rise to become a king. He gave the world the marvelous philosophy of life, the Karma Yoga, Gyan Yoga and Bhakti (devotion) Yoga for liberation of mankind through his divine discourse with the friend and disciple Arjuna through the Shrimadbhagwad Gita.
All the great persons had many things common in them. All had sheer determination and they never gave up in life. All had clear goals in their minds and never compromised with the adverse situations they faced, had tremendous strength and will power. They all utilized the adverse situation to their advantage and they always believed on their inner strength and guidance. They had clear vision to work selflessly and made their own destiny themselves. They were honest to themselves and were always accountable to their inner self. They all used their knowledge and wisdom to communicate with the people and take them together to achieve the set goals. They dared to jump out from their own comfort zone and confronted the adversities. And above all they were highly sensitive and courageous people willing to make the supreme sacrifices for the cause they pursued and for the overall good of the society. They themselves made them great and nobody else.
Yes! You can also become great in your own field. If you have determination and if you are willing to work hard to achieve the desired goal, then the world is ready to welcome and extend full support to you. You need to have clarity in your thoughts, in your vision and in the path ahead. The Almighty, the God has given you infinite potential which is hidden within you, waiting for its full exploitation and to make you great. Remember, nobody can make you great except you, yourself. It is you who has to set your goal and it is you who has to move on the path to achieve it. If you are willing, the support from society and the environment comes to you automatically. It is a life long journey to become great and you can’t become so in one day.
What are the things required to become great? The first and most important thing required to become great is to set a goal. You have to introspect within and truly find out where you want to reach in life. It can be your education, your job, it can be a social service, it can be a political life or it can be simply a goal to become rich. Set your goal with full concentration and prepare a road map to reach there. It is better you set a mission for yourself on the subject which is dear to you and which you love the most. Having set the goal and a roadmap, the next most important thing required is that take the first step towards the journey, stay focused, take 2nd and 3rd and 4th steps and so on till you reach the destination. While you are on move towards your goal, it is better you develop simultaneously the necessary support system. If possible, take the like minded people with you and pursue your goal together. Be of mutual help to each other. Your journey will become more pleasurable and satisfying if you have a support system. While on the course in the journey, it is possible that you may face some adversities and pitfalls. Accept these challenges, accept the adversities and apply course corrections while never loosing the sight of the goal. Be honest to yourself and if required, do not hesitate to ask for external support. There could be many role models around you who might have dealt with the adversities. Go to them and ask for their guidance and support. Go on performing your tasks and review the progress time to time. Sit in meditation and contemplate on your goal, your methodology and seek inner guidance to improve and refine the processes. Accept that the knowledge is the key to success. Acquire the necessary knowledge. Do not worry if few mistakes have been committed. Introspect and take corrective actions. Stick to your commitments made to yourself. Have a purpose in life which will always help you to remain on the right track. Be in the present moment, do your duty and do not worry about the future. Hard work, sincerity, dedication and honesty never fails. Success will be certainly yours. If you are honest, sincere, dedicated and determined, the God too would be with you to help and guide you ahead.
And finally believe in yourself. You are the creator of your own world. You are the creator of your destiny. You are the master of your own life and your own destiny. Remember and never forget the truth that nobody can make you great except you yourself.
Have a good luck. May the God be with you in your journey of life?