Success formula

My father`s success formula was ‘rise early, work late and strike oil`. He had come up with it when he all of 14 years – like Dirubhai Ambani of the Reliance fame.

Today (after 45 years), he is sitting in our two-bedroom house in Madurai (in Tamil Nadu) and wondering what went wrong. Only last year he managed to find the cooking oil my mother keeps in the kitchen.

For me the formula for success is totally different. Success needs a lot of sincerity. If you can fake it…you will succeed.

I know a few friends of mine who were impatient and could not wait for success. They went ahead with their life. Surprisingly, they are doing fine in life. That is if you can call working with Infosys, Oracle and PeopleSoft as success.

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One of these friends got a job in PeopleSoft because he married the daughter of a top Director in PeopleSoft.

I guess, when our elders said “Behind every successful man stands a woman” they were very right. What they forgot to add was: “Behind every woman stands her ex-boy friend”. My friend now has job with PeopleSoft but his wife is with her ex-boyfriend. What would you call that?

We all know Bill Gates is successful. But thanks to his success he worries about everything in the World (even a political fall out in China upsets him). The only thing he doesn`t worry about is money. We all have an option: Be successful and worry about a thousand things…or be not successful and worry only about money.

Once you have decided you can go ahead and chase success or run away from it.

An American scholar did suggest a plan to turn all the people in the World into success stories. He proposed: “The day we get rid of the concept called losing everybody will start winning. Thus everybody will be successful.” The plan did not take off because the scholar was assassinated a few days after. He was found with six bullets in his head. The police suspect a passionate loser to be behind the killing.

Like I said…if at first you don`t succeed…. check if the bullet is in the chamber and try again. You will succeed!

By Jamshed V Rajan

Jammy, as Jamshed V Rajan is affectionately called, is a wannabe stand up comedian. He has a funny take on most things but documents only some of them. If you are interested in chatting up with him, do drop him an email at or message him at +919650080255.

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