Shridhar Sampath

What defines a successful business person?


In business, is success all about making money?   Whenever I watch TV, read newspapers, books and magazines, hear friends talk – the only message I seem to get is that success is all about making money.  But is it correct?  Is it true?

“Success means doing the best we can with what we have.  Success is in the doing, not the getting – in the trying, not the triumph.” ~ Wynn Davis


When I was younger, I learnt what success meant.  No, I did not achieve something big or win a lottery.  I saw my dad, and along with him all of us in the family, fail in business.  It took us many, many years to regain our financial independence, but the moment of discovery came when dad passed on – with his head held high and a smile on his face.  Yes, we failed in business, but that did not break dad’s spirit – he labored on doing whatever he could with what we had, fighting everyone and everything which pushed us down, until we broke free.

So am I saying that success and money are not interlinked?  No, money in itself is not bad, wanting it is also not bad, but to quote the Bible “love of money is the root of all evil”.  The important thing is how we earn it and what we do with it.

Looking back at all the corporate scandals world over, it is clear that money isn’t the only yardstick to being successful.  Otherwise, those corporate honchos wouldn’t have been named, shamed and sent to jail.

So let me share with you my perspective of successful business people :

  • They accept the world as it is, adapt to it and then try and change it
  • They develop and maintain a positive attitude towards business – as a series of opportunities and possibilities, explore them and then unravel them to the world
  • They build good relationships and bring out the best in people
  • They have a clear vision and purpose and enjoy every challenge on the path to achieving their vision
  • They have a strong learning quotient – they try, learn, implement, try again, learn again…..
  • They take action and realize time is a resource that’s too often wasted
  • They have great value system – honesty, integrity being key
  • They live, they don’t just exist and they make the best of life!
To summarize, success in business is not only defined by the heights that you achieve, but also by the obstacles you overcome.

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” ~Zig Ziglar

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