Saturday, July 13, 2013

Discover where the secrets live...This took "Five years"..!!!

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." - Bruce Lee.
I've always been enamored by successful people. What interests me most about these legendary people is the story of their success.
The story of how they did it, why they did it, and what it is in them that keeps them doing it. Along the way, I've certainly come across a few instant success stories. Folks that were in the right place at the right time with the right thing in a BIG way. But it's hardly something you can plan for.
More often, these success legends had something else in common. They discovered where the secrets live. And they used those secrets to achieve great things.
I wanted to be one of those successful people when I got started in business. Sadly, I didn't yet know where the secrets lived, and I spent years looking for them in all of the wrong places. I jumped around a LOT looking for those little suckers. A new shiny opportunity would come onto my radar and I'd lock onto it and run like mad. Time would go by, I'd discover something new and I'd go after that.
This continued for years. One trend chasing period after another. Looking back, I realize that all of that "trending" I was doing was really just an excuse to keep myself from having to accept a very simple truth: There Are Few Secrets Worth Knowing That Live on the Surface of Anything 
BUT  The good secrets live in the depths.
They live well below the surface, safely ensconced in the darkness where only a few will ever find them. You have to go deep. That's where the secrets are. That's where they live, because that's where they are safe. I just didn't know that at the time.
And most likely, had someone told me, I would have ignored them because it wasn't what I wanted to hear. I was too hyped up on possibility to be patient enough to find the real secrets. Jumping from trend to trend is a bit like a rock skipping across a calm pond.
You do that for too long and you'll run out of time -- never having the chance to discover the beautiful landscape and opportunities that exist below the surface of the water.
Below the water is where the secrets live. That's where all of the treasure is hiding. They say that the "cream rises to the top," but it seems more like the really good stuff sinks to the bottom.
Down there it's quiet, with few distractions and very few people.
This is where the legends go -- this is where they discover what they need to succeed. Harvesting secrets is hard work. I can't say it's difficult, but I know it's hard, and here's why:
Harvesting secrets requires an ability to focus on ONE thing for a very long time. In the internet world, it can seem like an eternity. But to get the secrets, you have to develop tunnel vision that allows you to ignore all of the distracting shiny objects and opportunities that are flying by.
You can spend your life chasing those objects. There will always be a new one to chase. And the high(nasha) you get from embarking on that journey is thrilling. But there's no payoff, because there's nothing of value there. There is only the roller coaster of hope and expectation of great things to come.
If you've ever ridden on that roller coaster, you know it's a tiring ride. You never quite get the momentum or make the progress you want. You just keep riding.
Today you can make a choice to give that up and start pursuing the stuff that legends are made of. All it takes is a decision to discover where the secrets you need to succeed lie.
Commitment is only something you can show in this very moment. Right now. It is a constant decision you must make. I'd like to say that I planned all of what I'm about to tell you, but the truth is, I didn't.
Through an odd combination of different experiences, mistakes and fate, I woke up one day and made a commitment to find out where my secrets live.
One day I woke up and decided to begin writing daily. The next day, I did the same. And the next and the next. Pretty soon, almost five years flew by. Over that time, I've written a lot of posts. No shiny objects, no fancy strategies. Just simple heartfelt words-- talking to one person at a time. That might sound boring, but I've begun to discover where my secrets live.
I'm beginning to understand what they are and how to harvest them.
This took Five years!
In internet time, that's like 10 decades. Some days I don't feel like renewing my commitment to do the work. But I do it anyway. Because I'm (finally) smart enough to realize that THAT'S the real secret. That's how you begin to dive down into the depths where your secrets live.
That's how you, over time, become a little bit less enamored with the legends who've come before you and progress on the journey to becoming one yourself.
- Inspired from the writings of  Jason Leister.

22 comments:

Kumar said...

Namaskaaram GuruJi and Brother & Sisters,

Good Morning.

Have a Good Day :)

Have a nice weekend.

Vaalga Valamudan.

HARISH TAHKKAR said...

The true story for traders.
Successful trading needs hard work to habit to win over fear,greed
confidence, patience etc.which are time consuming depending
upon individual talents.
Story reminded me of my school days poetry :
" You can find only seastone at the bank while pearls lies inside.
you can pick them up if make yourself able to fight the crockodiles "

NEVER GIVE UP said...

Good After Noon Sir.


Chararn Sparsh.

shriram said...

GM Master,

How did u realise ur true calling? What was the self-analysis u did, to arrive @ ur secret ?

Can u list out the steps that helped u discover ur True Aptitude / calling?

Pls do explain in detail, this is fascinating!

urs :-)

rajiv malik said...

great weekend post ilango ji.......

To give love is true freedom; to demand love is pure slavery.
-- Swami Chinmayananda

shazra said...

Sir hats off to you. i salute your tireless effort of teaching us

thank you and God bless you

SANPOT said...

Thank you Sir for the Post.

Amol Sharma said...

Life Quote :- " Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. "

numchar said...

Its so true the mirage chase we all keep doing ...and realize later that it was not our true calling .
I should say that after your true calling your approach is so meticulous organized as if it seems like you have been cutting thin slices since decades , just like a senior surgeon who open's human body as a child play and a musician plays the notes casually.
You have inspired many to find there true calling ...and once they all ..each and every one realizes there deep secrets ...that will be your real Guru Dakshina . Lots of blessing and wishes for lighting the lamp daily .

The_Unprejudiced_Observer said...

Ilango Said
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."
how they did it, why they did it, and what it is in them that keeps them doing it ?
They discovered where the secrets live. The good secrets live in the depths. You have to go deep.
Had someone told me, I would have ignored them because it wasn't what I wanted to hear. I was too hyped up.
You do that for too long and you'll run out of time...Down there it's quiet, with few distractions and very few people.
Harvesting secrets requires an ability to focus on ONE thing for a very long time....develop tunnel vision... ignore all of the distracting shiny objects and opportunities that are flying by.
high(nasha) is thrilling. But there's no payoff, it's a tiring ride.... You just keep riding.
Today you can make a choice to give that up !!

Simply superb!

If you can share the pain & pleasure points, it will be an illuminating experience.

rajiv malik said...

businessline on nifty-

NIFTY (6,009)

The Nifty too took wing last Thursday to close the week 141 points higher. If the week starts on a buoyant move, the rally can continue to take the index onwards to 6109 and then to 6229.

But a wobbly start can pull it down to 5900 or 5802. Short-term traders can buy the index on declines as long as it holds above the first support. Decline below 5802 will mean that it can fall to 5741. Short-term view will turn negative only on a close below 5740.

The medium-term view for the index remains positive. The index has strong support in the zone between 5500 and 5600 from where it can engineer a turnaround. If the index manages to move above this support zone, it will mean that, following movement in a broad range of 5500 and 6200, the index can attempt to move on to a new life-time high eventually.

satheesh said...

Namaste Ilango Sir and all,

HAPPY BLOG ANNIVERSARY :D

It is the most happiest day for 1000+++ people who decided to be the followers of this great virtual university.

Shriram let me reveal the sucess of Master :)
1. Perseverance
2. Discipline
3. Urge to attain the goal - crossing all hardships
4. Crave for teaching.

Pranam for your tireless efforts Sir.

Subhash Mittal said...

All successful people have something unique, ie. firm decision, converting thoughts in to action and above all sensitivity and religiousness.
scm

ting tang said...

For Bank Nifty Three Consecutive close above 11761+ Weekly close(must) will take to 12200————–12340 level.

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Saini Smartinvest said...

You have inspired all of us by this post. The resolve to learn becomes stronger. We shall walk the path & complete the journey.

Unknown said...

Dear Ilango Sir
The secret of your blog success is CONSISTENCY of daily update. Keep it up.
Many blogs have gone dead because the owner had lost enthusiasm in his blog due to many reasons, including lack of time, lack of visitor encouragement, etc.
You had His blessings for a great support from visitors.
Great words. Great morale booster. Thanks
Regards
C. Hari

Murasoli Mran said...

A BIG Thank You Elango! I wish you all the best and let the Vast Grace Light (அருட்பெருஞ்சோதி) give you Health, Strength and wisdom to continue this great work peacefully !

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