Success Should Always Be Long Due

Rama Govindaraju is a senior engineering director at Google Cloud and a distinguished alumnus of BIT Mesra. In a recent interview, he was asked to share his opinions about being ambitious in a corporate environment, to which he replied:

"Perfectly ok to be ambitious but it must be tempered with going about it the right way. Of what value is a promotion when those that you work with feel that you did not deserve it. Respect from your peers is the most cherished goal and also the most rewarding. So, when you are promoted it should be because ALL your peers felt it was overdue and well deserved."

That was so subtle. Although he was asked about a specific situation in a corporate environment, his answer is generally applicable to life's situations. Often we think we deserved more than what we got. But do your peers think the same way?

If you remember back in 2014, everyone had a strong hope for Leonardo DiCaprio to win the Best Actor Academy award (I am not a fan of the Academy). But he didn't. Tears were flowing out of his eyes. Everyone was upset. Later in 2016, he did win the award. No one was surprised by this. Everyone knew that he deserved it long back. His achievement was due for a long time. Rather everyone was surprised that the Academy didn't recognize his work earlier.

How about Argentina's win in the world cup 2022? Was anyone surprised or thought that Lionel Messi was an underdog? No! Everyone knew that he had the capability to lead the team to glory. He had multiple attempts that were unsuccessful before he succeeded.

We all know how much effort it takes to even have a tiny impact on the lives of others. We often get disappointed when we don't see a result of our effort. Honestly, it does take several years of effort just to see a small impact. That impact might not be immediately visible. It takes time for people to realize the importance of your work. Once they realize the importance, their respect for you would increase. Earning respect from others is enough indicator of success. Money and fame might follow but are definitely not a currency of success.

So I hope that you would do your work without worrying about the fruits that you would reap. Earn respect for your work. People shouldn't be surprised by your success. Rather, they should be surprised by your success being overdue.

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