In the present global scenario, the relationship among nations has become so sensitive that even a small change at one place in a complex system, can have large effects elsewhere.
The US-China relationship better illustrates this phenomenon. Irrespective of their politico-economic rivalry, the US and China have been witnessing a flourishing trade relationship. With its ever bulging consumers, China has emerged as the largest market in the world. Countries are keenly interested to establish a vibrant trade relation with China. The US had identified the market potential of China long years back. Today, China is the biggest trade partner of the US, in Asia. This relationship has reached to such a degree of dependency that a small change in Chinese economic bent of mind, might greatly affect the US economy.
So, it can be said that, “A butterfly flapping its wings in China could cause a cyclone in California.”
We do not always learn from success. Also, failing in and of itself is not a bad thing. In fact, a failure is a mistake as long as a lesson is learned. It is through our mistakes that we learn to become more confident people.
During my preparation for Civil Services Exams, even after undergoing extensive studies, I couldn’t get a place among candidates declared successful for the Mains. Exams. This made me to retrospect the whole methodology of my preparation. I learned that even after having indepth knowledge of subjects, I lacked analytical skill and objectivity in my approach. Time management was another major drawback. All these together resulted in my failure.
Based on this lesson, I gave a healing touch to my preparation, and to my surprise, I was called for interview by different state PSCs. But, unfortunately, when I was about to get success, I was time barred. This gave an additional lesson that for sure success, right work coupled with right direction, in right time is must.
Very soon the opportunity knocked my door when I appeared for LL.B. Entrance Exams held by the University of Delhi. The lesson I learnt from by failure in the Civil Services Exams, worked here. I got 8th position among 72 thousand applicants. Even today, when working as a Chief Editor, this lesson gives me insight and confidence to lead the team of more than 40 Editors.
So, we should always keep in mind that neither success nor failure is final, there is always more to come. Always remember, failing at something does not mean that you are a failure.
Leadership is an interactive conversation that takes people towards becoming comfortable with the language of personal responsibility and commitment.
Albert Einstein once said, “We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles but no personality. It cannot lead; it can only serve.”
Everyone can become a leader by discovering the power that lies within him/her. One such person was M.K. Gandhi, the father of our nation. In fact, he had traits of a world leader. He had messages not only for Indians but for the whole mankind. He struggled for the natural rights of mankind in a liberal way. So, his views especially in the today’s world of intolerance, have become more rational. In his struggle in the South Africa, his fight was not only for Indians but also against the mental pain and agony caused by apartheid which other black races were equally facing. His belief that, “Never do any such thing to any person, which you don’t like for yourself” is a universal message which humans should imbibe and practise in their daily life. His message of ‘Satyagraha’ and ‘Non-violence’ might act as a miracle for present day conflicting societies. These were the natural weapons of Gandhi which the modern weapons of the British could not respond to and finally they had to quit India. He firmly believed in the principle of coexistence. Today, when we are about to face the clash of civilization, the messages of Bapu prove their relevancy.
His views on the economic model of a country like India had place for common people. He was an ardent supporter of indigenous industry which provided livelihood to millions of deprived people. It does not mean that he did not believe in modern industry, but, of course, not at the cost of cottage industries.
All these traits could attract the attention of mass because people from each level, found their voice in the messages of Gandhi. Today’s world need at least a Bapu in every country so that we can live in peace and prosperity together.