I have had the privilege to meet SRK, once at his home for a business brief, and the next time at the launch of his opus
(www.kingkhanopus.com) and the little time I spent with him re-established my observation on why he is such a phenomenal success. Behind the shades and the make up lays a mind that ticks and thinks, is sharp and agile, is confident and sure. But probably what left an impact on me was his hunger to stay where he is.. On the top..
That he is in the league of extra ordinary gentlemen is a given, but this blog is not only about my admiration for him but more on how each of us could and should probably take a leaf and apply it in our own lives.
i. Rags to Riches to Ruling!
Surely everyone who follows him knows his story wherein he came to Mumbai 20 years ago with probably no money but just sheer passion to do well. . 1000's pour into that city everyday, but how many can go on to successfully climb the ladder in their profession with NO support, NO family legacy, NO money,, but just enormous SELF-CONFIDENCE and the HUNGER to SUCCEED! In that respect, few can dispute the power SRK now commands not only in his industry, but now other fields as well. As in any field, the people at the top seldom find real friends and more often than not, find themselves at the receiving end. Love him or hate him, you cant ignore him.
So you have aspirations to be the best in your field, but someone throws you a spanner, saying you got to take a risk and do totally against the norm for your path to succeed. Here, am not referring to anything illegal or immoral, just a 180 degree deviation from what your plan was! SRK, wanted to be a hero, like all aspiring actors, but guess what, he took the risk and came in as a negative role in his 2nd movie, this was a tremendous risk, but it worked incredibly for him. This is where earlier on in our lives risk is imperative. . Take the plunge, be ready to fail, but be ready to rise again! No one in their life can eliminate risk, it just needs to be managed well.
The will to succeed is all about the focused hard work you put in. SRK probably made more money 10 years ago, that would have seen him through for the next few generations, but yet, worked like a man obsessed for hours no end. He seems a guy on high octane and when usually asked what drives him to work, its his hunger to do better than before he says! Thanks to social media, one knows more of his movements, but even before, whatever one read about him, he was a 4 hour a night sleeper, his fuel was his work and his idea of relaxation was more work. But, again, if I were to ever ask him if he thought that he was working, I would bet he would say, he was just doing what he loved to do, it was just labelled 'work'! Here, I guess, the minute we start thinking of work as work, its probably diminishes our chances to succeed. For whatever it is worth, be relentless with your task, like SRK, at whatever you do, the positive results flow in due course!
I am a shameless fan of SRK when it comes to him being a compere. More often then not the jokes on him, by him. But behind that humour is a man with so much self confidence that he doesn't mind laughing at him own self. Its a virtue to laugh at yourself, and what I learned here is not taking one so seriously. . I see so many people making a mockery of others, passing it as humor, but can't take a joke when its on them! Next time you want to crack a joke on others, crack one on yourself first! ! The ability to laugh at your own self, will also give you the courage to take the risks he took, we always fear being laughed at for our dreams, our ideas, but the minute you accept that, it just becomes so much easier.
And finally . .
v. Respect for Elders
SRK unfortunately lost his parents at a very young age, but, whatever little time they raised him for it appears his parents inculcated such a DEEP root of respect for elders that I would safely attribute a large percentage of his success to the respect he shows towards them. (If SRK turned out to be such a person under their influence for such a short time, imagine if they were still around). Never ever underestimate the positive power behind the good wishes and blessings from elders. After a point your parents will not be impressed with the fancy watch or the fancy car, but for them all that matters is the love and attention you exhibit. SRK also shows tremendous amount of respect for women, he is chivalrous to the core. I am sure most women would have a deep sense of security in his presence and that too me is a virtue every man should emulate.
SRK is inspirational material not only for the upcoming stars in the film industry, but also for so many of us who probably will never have any financial backing, a God father, an influential network or any unconditional support to fulfill our dreams.
Shah Rukh came, Shah Rukh saw and KING KHAN conquered. . Any reason why you can't?
(To the very few who have not heard of Shah Rukh Khan, just do a Google and you will have 35 million pages. .)
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