Does ‘King Khan’ need any introduction? Honestly, he does. After all, we all know about his successes but how many of us are aware of his failures and hardships?
Let’s find out through these life-changing lessons told by the ‘King’ himself……
Apart from being an Indian Bollywood Superstar, Shahrukh Khan is also a Business magnate, investor, producer, and philanthropist. He is regarded as the King of Bollywood. He is famously known for his movies Kuch Kuch Hota hai, Bazigar, Darr, Dilwale, Chak De, My Name Is Khan and many more. He won Many Filmfare and National Awards and is also the second richest actor in the world. He’s described as the most successful actor in the world. The government of India honored him with the Padam Shri. Mr. Shahrukh Khan never fails to inspire the young generation by his motivational speeches, interviews, quotes, and films. Let’s find out how….
“Whether I like it or not, my life has also been in constant play with what the world calls ‘Success’.”
Success is a journey and not a destination.
Success is an amazing thing, but it tends not to be the sort of experience that we learn from. We enjoy it; perhaps we even deserve it. But we don’t acquire wisdom from it. And maybe that’s why it cannot be passed on either…SRK mentioned in one of his speeches that: being successful does not mean his children will also be so…how much ever he teaches them what he did in his life and even if they follow it to the letter. And we’re worried about Nepotism …huh!
“So I feel that talking about how to become successful is a waste of time…instead let me tell you very honestly…whatever happened to me happened because I have always been terrified of failure. I don’t want as much to succeed as much as I don’t want to fail.”
Shahrukh Khan comes from a very normal lower-middle-class family. He saw a lot of failures. His father was a beautiful man and the most successful failure in the world. His mother also failed to stay with him long enough for her to see him become a movie star. They were quite poor and poverty is not an ennobling experience at all. Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. He watched his parents go through this several times.
At an early age after his parents died… He equated poverty with failure. He just didn’t want to be poor. No one does, right?
“When I got a chance to act in films it wasn’t out of any creative desire that I did so… it was purely out of the fear of failure and poverty.”
Most of the films he signed were discards of better-known actors and the producers could not find anyone else to do them. He did them all to make sure that he was working to avoid unemployment. According to him, luck played its part and made his timing right, and that led to his upward journey to fame. He became a big star… which means sometimes our success is not the direct result of our actions… Success just happens. Really. It is accidental and we take credit for it… We know we have done this even out of embarrassment sometimes. Haven’t we?
“So I believe the true path to success is through the fear of failure. If you aren’t scared enough of failing, you are unlikely to succeed.”
It’s not pleasant to fail, it’s tough. All of us experience it. You will too if you haven’t already. Use it to succeed. Firstly, it’s not the absence of failure that makes you a success…it is your response to failure that helps to buffer the reverses that you experience. Most of us should have one response to failure… pragmatism… a recognition and belief that if one approach does not work…then the other will or might.
Failure also gives an incentive to greater exertion… harder work…which invariably leads to later success in most cases. Get it?
“Repeated failure has taught me to stop pretending I am someone else. It’s given me the clarity to stick to the things that really matter to me instead of distracting me from my core…”
Failure makes you realise…who your real friends are. The real bond and strength of your relationships only gets tested in the face of strong adversity.
Overcoming some of our failures will make you discover that you have a strong will and more discipline than you suspected. It will help you to have confidence in your ability to survive. Failure is an amazing teacher. There is a very well – known story of this very successful man and a reporter who asked him, “Sir how is it that you always succeed?” He said, “Ummm right decisions….”
“How do you make the right decisions?”
And he said, “You know, Experience…..”
“How do you get so experienced?”
He says, “Wrong Decisions and Failures.”
So do fail and it’s alright to fail you have to know and learn that life is not just a checklist of acquisitions, attainments, and fulfillments. Your qualifications and CV’s don’t matter. Instead, life is difficult and complicated. And beyond anyone’s control. The humility to know it will help you survive its fluctuations and vicissitudes. Not to sound dark, but we all should retain a lifelong love of learning. Never cease to dream exciting and inspiring dreams. And when you fail. You fail well enough to succeed in the next attempt. Don’t be afraid of being afraid. Be afraid of not facing your inhibitions and failures.
Lastly, in the words of Mr. Shahrukh Khan himself: “A GENIUS Is Not A Person Who Knows All Answers, But Who Is Patient Enough To Find The Answers.”
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