There is wonderful book named “Man’s search for meaning” written by Victor Frankl. Frankl is a world renowned psychiatrist. He was a Jew and endured some very difficult years in Nazi concentration camps including the infamous Auschwitz camp. During his days in the death camp, seeing human suffering of the highest order at close quarters, and himself experiencing it, he developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotheraphy. At the core of this theory is the belief that man’s primary motivational force is his search for meaning for his suffering and life at large. He quotes Nietzche , “He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how”.
One of the most interesting piece of this book comes in the introduction. It is on ‘success’. Here is it:
“Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success; you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run – in the long run, I say! – success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.”
I cannot honestly say that I live true to these words. But I have observed one thing in my life – that whenever I had enjoyed doing what I do just for the sake of doing it without thinking of the results, I invariably do well. I am trying though to make such happenings more frequent in my life!
More pearls from this book in later blogs..