I would define “Groundedness” as our ability to keep our feet on the ground at all times even after we may have accomplished something in life. This is not easy but worthwhile to try. Most of us strive hard to accomplish success in life. We study hard, play hard and work hard for success. The moment we accomplish something in academics, sports or work we believe we have arrived.
It is true that we deserve to celebrate our success. It is not fair to say that one does not enjoy the fruits of hard work. If you have put in your best and accomplished something in life, you deserve to celebrate it. You are entitled to share the good news with your family and friends. However, it is important to realise that what ever one accomplishes is life is not absolute. You have achieved something in relation to someone else. It is worthwhile to remember that we have millions of others in the world, who may have done better than us in the same field.
It is natural to compete with others when we are young and strive to be the best. But it is equally important to compete with oneself. We have to remember that whatever we have accomplished in work or life is not the ultimate. Let us assume that one has broken a world record. But there is always an opportunity to break one’s own record. The best never ever rest. It is critical to remember that the best do not fly in the air but are always grounded.
If you look at the work place, the situation is not different. One does not respect people who brag about their position or power. We do not admire people who beat their chests to share what they have achieved at work. We salute people who give their best at work but always credit others for their success. They ensure that they are always grounded. They are fully aware that they have to work harder and smarter to excel at work.
Human beings are not respected for the weath they accumulate or possess in life. They are respected for their humility and simplicity. The people who have their feet on the ground are the people who accomplish more than the people who fly in the air. It is important to be a realist at all times. It is great to dream and work hard to accomplish your dream. But it is vital to be grounded to move on after you achieve your first goal.
If you look back at history, the greatest people on earth are the humblest. They do not carry their titles on their shoulders. They do not wear medals on their chests. They do not rest after accomplishing their highs in life. They share their success with others and most importantly keep their feet always on the ground. It is easy to stray and let your feet off the ground. The chances of slippage are higher than the chances of success in the future.
You could dream sky high but have to have your feet on the ground. As the photo above illustrates that the tree has grown tall but has its root on the ground.
Let us learn to be grounded always.
S Ramesh Shankar
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