Always been people have been taught that they must work hard. Nobody told them they must work joyfully.
Most human beings have crippled themselves. Simply because of fear of suffering. What will happen to me? Is always the question.
Every idea, every thought, every emotion every value that you have is picked up from somewhere and it rules you from within.
Evan: He’s a man whose passion spills into everything he encounters.
He infects his zest for life into all those who seek to live their life to the fullest.
He’s the author of Inner Engineering: A Yogis Guide to Joy which is a New York Times best selling book.
He is Sadhguru and here is my take on his top ten rules for success, volume two.
And as always guys, as you’re watching the videos if you hear something that really resonates with you please leave it down in the comments below and put quotes around it so other people can be inspired as well. Also, as you are writing something down it’s much more likely to stick in your head too. Enjoy.
Rule #1: Work Joyfully
You can live life with ease. Not with struggle. One thing is, when we say work it’s many young people, wonderful people who are getting recognized for whatever wonderful things they have done. Leaving them apart but generally work means always been people have been taught that they must work hard. Nobody told them they must work joyfully.
Nobody told them that work should be an expression of their joy or their life. They have to work hard. You work hard, life will be tedious. How else will it be? You will do something hard only because you don’t know how to do it.
“People have been taught that they must work hard. Nobody told them they must work joyfully.” – Sadhguru
If you know how to do it, you will do it with ease. So without learning how to do something if you try to do it without investing enough time and perception if life is all expression than life becomes a big struggle.
Rule #2: Be Fearless
Not a single day passes for me.
Without witnessing tears of joy and love around me. Every day. Somebody will be shedding tears of love and joy. I don’t think there’s a better way to live in this world. And all of us should strive to create our own circles of joyfulness and pleasantness around us.
“Most human beings have crippled themselves simply because of fear of suffering.” – Sadhguru
Because if you’re not joyful by your own nature if you’re always going around with the fear of suffering as long as fear of suffering is there within you you will never walk your life with full stride. It will always be half a step.
Most human beings have crippled themselves simply because of fear of suffering. What will happen to me? Is always the question. Whatever happens, this is how I will be. If this assurance comes to you only now you will want to scale the peaks of life and see what about it. If it happens, makes no difference to you.
If it doesn’t happen, makes no difference to you. That’s when you would like to really explore every dimension of life. So first and foremost thing is this that your way of being is not determined by what’s around you. If you bring this one aspect to you there is no fear of suffering. Once there is no fear of suffering you will traverse the breadth and length of this life. Without hesitation.
Rule #3: Always Do Your Best
“For any result to happen whether it’s in a game or in life situations there are various factors involved not all of it is in our control. But what is in our control is either we did our best or we did not do our best. That’s in our control.” – Sadhguru
When the result of the event has no impact on you. Both ways you’re blissed out. You’re a success. When the fruit of the action does not determine how you are it’s just that you do things because of the exuberance of what you do then you are a success. The result may depend on variety of things. Results are not always yours.
For any result to happen whether it’s in a game or in life situations there are various factors involved not all of it is in our control. But what is in our control is either we did our best or we did not do our best. That’s in our control. As long as we’re doing that and whatever the result may be if you’re still blissed out that means you are a success because life cannot defeat you anymore.
Rule #4: Be Playful
Being playful always has been understood as irresponsibility. Yes? Do you know, right from your childhood and probably to your children. They’re just playful. You think it’s irresponsible. The most responsible way to live is that you’re playful with life.
“So being playful is not irresponsibility being playful is being very responsible and responsive to life. Only when you are playful, you can do that.” – Sadhguru
It’s absolutely irresponsible to carry a long face and walk around on this planet. Yes or no? Isn’t it absolutely irresponsible to walk around with misery? Yes. That’s the most irresponsible thing you can do. So being playful is not irresponsibility being playful is being very responsible and responsive to life. Only when you are playful, you can do that.
When you are serious, the world doesn’t exist for you. You and your nonsense. Yes. When you are silly it’s just about you and your nonsense. The world and other life does not exist for you. Only when you are playful. You can pay attention to everything. You can truly respond to everything in the world only if you’re playful otherwise you cannot. Just a burden, enough it will kill you.
Rule #5: Reach Your Fullest Potential
Man: How to conquer fear on the body on the way to success. That is all.
Okay, fear about whether I would be successful or not? Where does that fear come in? Your individual fear about will I be successful or not? Is that what you are talking? I think that’s exactly what I have been telling you till now don’t even think of success.
Just enhance your capabilities. Strive to enhance who you are. And what you can do you will never do, resent it. Right now, you have an idea of success but you don’t have the competence for that. You want to go somewhere but you don’t have the legs to get there.
Now naturally there will be fear. Naturally there will be all kinds of unnecessary struggles and emotions. Accept that at this stage in your life if you just focus on seeing how to enhance this human being to the highest possible level that you can success will be a downhill run not an uphill task.
“Your successes, you as a human being you found your full potential. This is your success.” – Sadhguru
So if you are going downhill there is no fear isn’t it? Because whether I can get there or not whether I can get there or not you are working towards somebody elses idea of success. You are working towards somebody elses idea of success. That is not success.
Your successes, you as a human being you found your full potential. This is your success. And that’s all you can do. Whether you stand on your head or you stand on your feet. The best that you can do. If this human being finds his fullest potential that’s all you can do.
No matter what you do you cannot do more isn’t it? Certain circumstances sometimes will loft us up. Certain circumstances sometimes may not. But in the given circumstance if you have blossomed to your fullest level you will do well isn’t it? Don’t think of success and be fearful about it. Just see how to make this one more and more capable. If the competence and capability is there success will come as we deserve it.
Rule #6: Have Balance
All of human experiences generate from within. Is that so? All human experiences generated from within. So at any time, if you feel happy or unhappy miserable, joyful, excited in a state of agony. It doesn’t matter what happens.
What is your experience?
Pleasantness or unpleasantness?
Just to know that it’s happening from within. And it can only happen from within. You can either take external stimuli or you can create your own stimuli but essentially it happens from within. This one thing if it is not grasped when you feel miserable, if you think it’s this one you’re gone.
“Once there is balance, then you can build a tower on top of this. If there is no balance whatever you build will only lead to more trouble.” – Sadhguru
You’re just, the keyboard is here but you’re punching the wall. It’s not going to work. This one basic fundamental thing is something that almost 90% of the humanity is always doing it wrong. Whenever they feel miserable they think it must be this one or that one or that one or that one. No. All human experiences generate from within. If something is feeling unpleasant first thing is to look at this.
What am I doing wrong with this?
Am I eating wrong, am I sleeping wrong am I sitting wrong, am I breathing wrong is my heart beating wrong?
Something. My chemistry is wrong. Something is wrong with this, not with that. So the moment you think by kicking the wall you can fix this one then you made a fundamental mistake. The harder you try, the further away from it you go.
The first thing is to bring balance. Once there is balance, then you can build a tower on top of this. If there is no balance whatever you build will only lead to more trouble. The more basic you are, the better it is.
So this is what a whole lot of humanity is seeking somehow to remain basic because if you build something, it feels terrible then there is no fundamental balance. Anything standing up without balance is a big problem.
Rule #7: Define Success For Yourself
“Don’t become a slave to somebodys idea. At least have your own idea.” – Sadhguru
It is somebody’s idea of what is success isn’t it? Don’t become a slave to somebodys idea. At least have your own idea. You have no idea of your own don’t deceive yourself. Every idea, every thought, every emotion every value that you have is picked up from somewhere and it rules you from within. It rules you from within. Your religion, your society, your culture has trained you to believe that this is it. So the first and foremost success is that you are not a slave to anybodys idea. This is success.
Rule #8: Be Fully Alive
If you come to the idea of mortality once in a way it will make you depressed. It will make you fearful. If you live with it every moment it will make you absolutely exuberant and alive because it is just this one thing. That this is not forever. This is just for a brief period of time. And the more joyful you are, briefer it becomes.
If you’re ecstatic, it will just vanish in no time Yes? So if you want to stretch it you need to make yourself truly miserable. Otherwise, it will be just gone in no time. If you come to terms with this if you live this way that every moment you appreciate one thing.
“If you live with it every moment it will make you absolutely exuberant and alive because it is just this one thing. That this is not forever.” – Sadhguru
And only one thing because the most important thing in your life is you’re alive right now, to be alive. Fully alive, 100% alive is the most important thing because only if something is 100% alive can you make it in something beautiful.
Rule #9: Do The Right Things
A human being does not become who he is because of his desire. He becomes who he is because of his competence. So by enhancing your competence you’re just enhancing your desire which will be just as horrible burden to carry all the time.
You just focus on enhancing the competence of who this is rather than enhancing your desire that I’m going to become a world champion. Everybody wants to become one they’re not going to become one isn’t it? Everybody wants to be successful they will not be a success unless you do the right things. Success will not happen to you.
“You got to do the right things otherwise right things will not happen to you.” – Sadhguru
Can I tell you a joke? 45 minutes, you’ve got to be serious.
Man: A joke now?
Man: Okay. Tell me the joke. Okay let me ask you this question.
Well let me tell you a joke.
Man: Even better.
On a certain day, a man fell into a septic tank. Right up to here in filth. He desperately tried to come out, he could not. Then he started screaming, “Fire, fire!” Neighbors heard this, called the fire brigade. Firemen came rushing. They looked all over the place, no fire. Then they found this man. They pulled him out and they asked “Why were you screaming fire? “Where is the fire?” The man retorted, “If I said shit, shit, would you come?” You got to do the right things otherwise right things will not happen to you. Just because you have a big desire you’re not going to get there. You have to do the right things.
Rule #10: Earn Success
Rarely is situations in your life either you can use it to make yourself stronger and better or you can sit and cry. This is the choice you have. Everything, it doesn’t matter what happens the most horrific event happened in your life that also can be used for your growth and your well being.
“Success happens to you not because you desire it because you earn it. Everybody desires it. It comes only if you’re capable of it.” – Sadhguru
If only, if you have clearly seen the small events of your life. When I say small events, I mean your business your marriage, your children, all those big things. All these things are just a stepping stone so the fear of failure. Failure is bad enough. Fear is adding spice to it isn’t it? Success happens to you not because you desire it because you earn it. Everybody desires it. It comes only if you’re capable of it.
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching. We’re continuing in this series of the volume two episode so I’d love to know what you guys think and if there’s anybody you want to nominate for volume two, let me know.
I’m also really curious to figure out what did you learn from Sadhguru today that had the biggest impact on you and why?
What message did you take that you’re going to immediately apply somehow to your life or to your business.
Leave it down in the comments below and I’m going to join in the discussion.
Finally, I want to give a quick shout-out to Rhonda Young. Rhonda, thank you so much for your support in buying my book Your One Word. I really, really, really, really appreciate it.
So thank you guys again for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love, I’ll see you soon.
Put In The Effort
Winning an election.
Man: If you want to win an election that’s how luck is also incurred.
Pray to God. Luck, effort. Maybe all of them?
But in what proportion?
So when you say faith obviously it’s something that you cannot do anything about. When you say luck, again obviously it’s something that you cannot do anything about. When you say God, again it’s something that you cannot do anything about. So the only thing in your hands is effort.
So put 100% into your effort what happens, happens isn’t it?
“Constantly looking for ways to enhance your perception and your intelligence. The rest will anyway happen. This is one thing that unfortunately humanity is not doing. They’re trying to become capable of something. Do not try to become capable of something. Just enhance your perception and intelligence.” – Sadhguru
But don’t leave proportions of your energy and your capability to luck, God, faith all those things. That’s not your business if there is such a thing it will act.
Your business is only effort isn’t it? Just do that. Effort has to be incisive in a sense. It should be focused, calibrated. Simply if you make effort it’s foolish effort isn’t it? Just labor is not going to get you somewhere. The right kind of action, the right timing right place, all this is important isn’t it?
So for all these things to happen you need perception and intelligence. So that’s all you must do in your life. Constantly looking for ways to enhance your perception and your intelligence. The rest will anyway happen. This is one thing that unfortunately humanity is not doing. They’re trying to become capable of something. Do not try to become capable of something. Just enhance your perception and intelligence.
Whatever comes your way. Right now, let us say it’s like this you know, this is happening in the world all the time. Everybody wants to become a doctor. Not now, if 25 years it was so. If you wanted to study, first thing is medicine.
If you don’t get a seat, what’s next? Engineering. Don’t get a seat, what? Next thing, next thing, like this. So let’s say you became a doctor and let us say everybody came to a yoga program and they stopped going to a doctor at least your visits to the doctor has come down isn’t it? Has it? Has it come down or not? For sure, it’s come down.
So business will go down. It will no more be a good profession to go into because very few doctors are becoming doctors because they want to become doctors. Others are becoming doctors because they think it’s lucrative. Isn’t it? Isn’t it so? Most people are becoming doctors because they think somebodys sickness is a lucrative business.
It’s very, I don’t want to go into all the aspects. It’s quite disturbing for me. There are few doctors who really want to be that. They want to understand the human system and they want to serve in that direction. That’s great. Suppose everybody became healthy. You don’t want that isn’t it? You don’t want that.
So do not try to put up a recipe for your success. Success is only when you are able to use yourself to your full potential. It doesn’t matter whether you become a doctor or a politician or a yogi, or what the hell you become. It’s not the thing. Success means you are living your life to your full potential. That’s what success means.
If that has to happen you need perception and an active intelligence. How do I grow my intelligence? Don’t worry about that. Right now, the important thing is to enhance your perception. If you’re able to see life just the way it is you have the necessary intelligence to conduct it well. If you’re not able to see life the way it is your intelligence will work against you. Most intelligent people on this planet are generally the most miserable people on the planet.
“Success is only when you are able to use yourself to your full potential.” – Sadhguru
This is simple because they have an active intelligence but no perception of life. So, one thing. One most important thing that people have not worked at is to enhance their perception. They’re trying to broaden their mind. That’s not the point. That will only make you socially successful. Not truly successful. If you want to be truly successful you must be able to see everything just the way it is. Without distortions. If you can see everything just the way it is life becomes a play.
You can play joyfully you can play it well for sure. If you can play it well people will say you’re successful. You should never think, “I want to be successful.” Don’t ever think, “I want to be successful.” Just see how to make this being into your full fledged being. People will say one day, “Oh he’s successful. “He’s a great success.” You should not be aspiring for success it’s a miserable way to structure your life.
You will simply cause pain and suffering to yourself and suffering to everybody because your idea of success is sitting on top of somebodys head isn’t it? Yes or no? Your idea of successes right now everybody should be below you you must be at the top. This is your idea of success. This is not success, this is sickness.
So do not ever think of success. Just see how to make this into your full fledged being. This is will find expression. If it finds good expression people around you will say “Oh he is a great success.” That’s fine. People should recognize your success. You should not be thinking how to be successful. Very wrong way to approach life.