The question starts within you. Are you trying to satisfy your inner true self or are you trying to satisfy your ego? So, those are 2 important things to ponder for each individual. We’re going to get into them in more detail below. Now, one needs to be clear with what “successful” means. For most, it means a materially good life with money, being acknowledged and a good future. For others, it may mean “inner success” in form of satisfying oneself or to reach an inner spiritual goal or understanding. So another one to identify within you.
So, many seek fame and fortune. Some find solutions and some don’t. We call the people “smart and intelligent” when they succeed with their things. Many times, the people who manage to reach this kind of goal is because they used their own creativity and intelligence. They simply believed in what they did and didn’t give up their idea and goals. So, to create within and to use your own intelligence is the basic key. The next step is to actualize this in practical life. This takes courage because you will find resistance in many ways. I.e. People, money, laws. You may be ridiculed. Even your own family may attack you. A good thought in this, is to create an idea that serves other people well. This will get a better response from the world around you. So, this is for those who wish to gain something materially on planet Earth like a business as an example. There are always solutions to problems. You may hold yourself back because of ethics, morals, religious restrictions or money problems. That’s for you to judge. In truth there’s nothing to hold you back. A good idea can receive investors if money is a problem. Just present it as clear and factual as possible. So, these are thoughts for you who seek material rewards in life.
The people who seek inner richness may require another type of thinking. The material world and richness is of NO importance to them. They simply wish to know the truth about themselves. They again will use their creativity and intelligence from within, to find answers. Their rewards are freedom and happiness within. They can reach a state where the ego dissolves and things become ONE. This is a richness from within which we don’t lose when we die. It’s your evolutionary path in an infinite life. All people have this but it will ONLY appear when you’re ready. It’s a path which comes clear from your heart and not the easiest to walk because your material life MAY suffer and you will be attacked and ridiculed by many. It requires very strong dedication. India has had some few people who went on this path but also other countries. This is more about an individual than about nations. It’s another form of success from within.
So, why are there people who don’t manage this? Reason is that they don’t “hear” their inner self. We are brought up with intellectual thinking today, morals, ethics, laws, religion, education, politics, cultural values, society rules. So, when something comes in your mind, you instantly start to think “rationally” and about all the problems that will come. So, money and food can be big ones but then things like acceptance from others and the fear and doubt will suddenly become a battle within you. Your rational mind will tell you to abandon the idea you have. So, there’s inner confusion that stops you from acting. There are many good thoughts and ideas out there but they mostly remain dreams because of fear and doubt. One needs to seek a state of balance within to be clear on what to do. Fear and doubt needs to be overcome. Work constructively with your OWN INTELLIGENCE AND CREATIVITY to reach that which you seek.
Some more important thoughts: If you search for your own ego and service-to-self you may see that it can be destructive and energy draining in the end. An example: A man constructs a weapon. The weapon is handsomely welcomed by a government and industry. The purpose of the weapon is to kill with. So, you may become rich and famous for what you did but what kind of service did you provide for humanity?
If you follow the inner heart, it will provide you with ideas, energy, the solutions and it will help you to your goal regardless of what the outer world tries to do to you. I know this by experience because I did it. You may have to leave a lot like family, friends, jobs etc to achieve what your inner heart wants you to do. This can be a big battle within. I have learned to trust my heart. Buddha (Guatama) left his father’s kingdom for his heart path. That’s just one example of many. You should follow what’s inside of you. Just be patient and DON’T GIVE UP. You carry the answers WITHIN YOU.
I hope this will help some to find YOUR path to the happiness you seek here in this life.
With my best wishes for success and all my love,