Tuesday, January 24, 2012

“Pride and Ego Kills Every time While Death Kills Only Once” - Professor M.S.Rao

“The only conquests which are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.” - Napoleon

Lenny was on the death bed brooding over the mistakes he made in his life. He had one son and four daughters. He loved his son so much that he neglected his four daughters and maintained distance from them. He was at his deathbed and the time was running out.  He recalled his past.

He was born in a small village and into a middle class family.  He didn’t appreciate education.  He was notorious in his childhood and his father would often beat him for not concentrating on studies.  His father realized that Lenny was not interested and, finally, put him to work in a retail shop at the age of 20 years. He worked there for few months.  He didn’t like and subsequently shifted to a cycle repair shop for working and there was problem with the owner of the cycle shop. He stole a cycle from the shop along with his friend, sold out and fled to a city as he had desire to see city.  He worked as a car driver and met with an accident. He was hospitalized and subsequently put in jail for rash driving. After few years he returned his village and got married a woman of his choice. 

After marriage he moved to a big city and tried his luck in business and flourished within two years.  But he was bankrupt in business.  He realized his mistakes, learnt lessons and restarted his life by setting up a retail shop. He was blessed with four daughters and one son.  He liked his son so much that he neglected his daughters and distanced from relatives.  He became very proud with his growing affluence and expected that his relatives and daughters would approach him with begging bowls for assistance. He quarreled with all sons-in-law and distanced himself to protect his son who was a weak businessman. He quarreled with many of his relatives and distanced himself.  In business also he was ruthless, suppressed his workers and prevented them from growing.  

Lenny recalled his past life and regretted for his mistakes and for distancing his daughters and relatives with his pride and excessive ego arose out his affluence. He was realizing that he would leave his entire wealth and die.  He was craving for his four daughters but they were in distant places and who did not appreciate meeting him as he hurt them and their husbands in the past. He wanted them to see but his pride told him not to approach.  Finally, he died with agony.

From this story it is obvious that human relations are more important than money. Learn to spend your time wisely with your kith and kin and build relations with others in your lifetime.  Life is very short.  Leave no room for regrets at your death bed.  Enjoy every moment of your life by sharing your joy and helping others.  Money doesn’t come with us when we die.  We leave this world either with good or bad reputation. Hence, keep your pride away, check your excessive ego, spend every moment of your life journey happily and leave this world with good reputation as we are not sure of second life.  Jim Rohn rightly quoted, "We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons."

Professor M.S.Rao
Founder, MSR Leadership Consultants, India
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