Mysuru: Just gaining entry into top academic programmes or coveted civil services alone does not guarantee success, said Dr. Hasmukh Adhia, Chancellor, Central University of Gujarat and Former Union Finance Secretary and Revenue Secretary.
Delivering the Foundation Day lecture of Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development (SDMIMD), Dr. Adhia said, “Success has over the years evolved into something that everyone wishes to lay their hands on, but success would come only out of sheer excellence in everything a person does no matter how trivial the activity might seem to be.”
Elaborating on the idea, Adhia laid out 7 mantras to success that could be practiced. He started with the first mantra which was “Importance of setting goals,” which he emphasised as having a mental picture that helped subconsciously in bringing one’s goal to reality. The second mantra he focused on was on the importance of excellence while performing a task, irrespective of the type, size, or scale of the task. He touched upon the idea that one should complete a task with excellence and grace.
The third mantra was acceptance of results. He emphasised the approach to respond to adverse situations and negative results, keeping in mind the hardwork and dedication that had been put into the task or job. He also spoke about the importance of excellence and efforts which would lead to success.
The fourth mantra which Adhia highlighted was about avoidance of ego despite personal success. “In one’s journey to success, there would be involvement of many individuals, and success is not something that was achieved by a single person’s effort. A lot of people and favourable factors contribute to one’s success. It was not a single factor but a culmination of multiple factors.”
Dr. Adhia further added that the fifth mantra revolved around being a lifelong learner. The day a person stopped learning he or she stops growing. He further reiterated the fact that to achieve success and excellence in life one must keep learning throughout his or her life. The sixth mantra is to make promises that could be delivered. Throwing light on this aspect he added that if promises, even if they were small ones, were kept, led to enhancing the credibility of the person. Informing the other party on time if promises could not be met was also relevant. The seventh and the final mantra was managing oneself, before managing others and how important it was to keep body and mind in control. One must understand, examine and introspect where one stood as a person because one could control emotions and body through the mind. Yoga is such a system, he added.
The question and answer session was moderated by Dr. M. R. Suresh, Professor of Marketing, SDMIMD. While introducing the concept of the SDMIMD Foundation Day lecture series he stated that in addition to giving knowledge through formal programmes, the institute also invited distinguished people every year to share their insights so that young management students developed a broader vision. Student Coordinator and Representative Vineeth Bharadwaj delivered the vote of thanks.