self-knowledge, initiative, forbearance, steadfast in core values
(helped by these four) who is not distracted from goal, that is called a wise person.
ātmajñānam samārambhastitikṣhā dharmanityatā ।
yamarthānnāpakarṣhanti sa vai paṇḍita uchyate ॥
AtmaGYaanam samArambhastitikShA dharmanityatA |
yamarthAnnApakarShanti sa vai paNDita uchyate ||
आत्मज्ञानं समारम्भस्तितिक्षा धर्मनित्यता ।
यमर्थान्नापकर्षन्ति स वै पण्डित उच्यते ॥
this gem of vidura tells about four essential qualities of wise people.
it is very important to know oneself. be it spiritually, or practically. in real world's success, one must know oneself. likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, abilities, skills, interests. this applies to start-up entrepreneurs or to large scale leaders of masses. we need to know what ticks us and what ticks us off.
a lot of start-up businesses fail. one of the main reasons is not knowing oneself properly. is this a short term excitement, or am i in it for long term? am i doing this because it is the cool thing, in thing, will make lot of money? even though my heart is not into it? socrates to modern workshops all say - know yourselves.
if you run for a type of job just because it gives more money, even if you don't like the subject, you may be more miserable than happy, for money can't buy happiness, even if you shop at the right exclusive stores :) not everyone is cut out to be a lawyer, many of us have some ethics left! not everyone can be a doctor, no matter what the indian parents want their children to be. the crux of the latest hindi blockbuster movie '3 idiots' is also that only.
it doesn't mean to escape from work and responsibility, but to understand your self and be content with what your personality allows you to do and succeed, less or more. find yourself, flourish in your strengths rather than fall in your weaknesses.