“No Amount Of Setbacks Pulls Down The Leaders.”
Opening Case Study :
Amitabh Bachchan –An Eternal Optimist
Before a tall, thin man became what we know today as Big B or as the ﬁrst Angry Young Man of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan went through multiple phases of extreme physical and ﬁnancial challenges, which almost broke him to shatters. Here, we have a look at how he reacted to dire situations, we dissect his optimistic attitude towards mistakes and wrong doings, and the lessons he learned.
Every success story has its uniqueness, rarely you will get the way or ﬁnd your path in success stories, but for sure, you will be encouraged and inspired a lot by seeing others who was one of you and now ranking on the top positions. Amitabh Bachchan’s story from being Zero to Hero is not only inspiring Bollywood industry aspirants but also a positive vibration for ﬁghting against rough trots.
There is the combination of almost all big experiences in one personality and that is – Amitabh Bachchan. His life is all about troughs and crests.He faced near death experience, bankruptcy, career struggle, rejection, and over ﬂooded emotional stress at various stages of life. After being life- threatening injuries in one of his movies, and being bankruptcy after several years of slump and consecutive box ofﬁce failure, he gave a thought to leave the ﬁlm industry.
He fell again and again and riseup with the extra spirit. But the undying determination or believe in self, let him move ahead.Amitabh was rejected due to his voice and height. His baritone voice, striking face and commanding height make him rejected in All India Radio Station and earlier auditions.
Once not having a ‘camera conductive face’ is now the face of million aspirations. His Impeccable dialogue delivery has now acquired iconic status.We all face failure; we feel rejected at least once in life. Big B endured his rejection, his falls, and the next moment he got up. He turned his rejection into an extra motivation!
If we dwell in the past, we caught in the cycle of cribbing and being sad. The best lesson to take from Amitabh is constant practice and struggle without being sad.We all are grown up hearing, perseverance is the key to success, and the real example to retain perseverance is Amitabh Bachchan.Our weakest point can be our greatest forte. Once rejected for raucous voice, and gangly physic, later renowned for the same. If we try, we can make our weakest point, the strongest one.
Even in the toughest days of his life, he could abnegate, but he didn’t. Losing hope and being impatient are the main cause of failure in today’s generation. The biggest success is the results of toughest exams. Quite strange but true, we don’t want to appear in exams yet we want to top.
He mentioned, “Bad times either destroy you or make you stronger enough to be who you actually are”. Don’t think about the dark night as every night fade off with a new dawn.
He not only accepted failure but also took it as a challenge! Even after being successful, maintaining success is more difﬁcult. Some lose it in arrogance and other because of laziness. Amitabh is an inspiration for all generation because he made the balance among all phases of life even after falling many times.
It’s time to get inspired and start building your own success story. Remember, you have the same power to be the next Amitabh Bachchan.
What comes to your mind when you think ‘optimism’? An optimist would say ‘hope’ whereas a pessimist would say ‘wishful thinking’. But optimism in its true sense has a deeper meaning – it’s a quality of the mind. And the good news is that even if you don’t have an optimistic bent of mind, you can always cultivate it. But why would you make that effort? Well, optimism is an asset of successful leadership. Else how would leaders sail through all the storms and tides, and face the challenges of everyday work?
Optimism is about making intelligent choices. An optimistic leader acknowledges both good and bad in most situations, but chooses to focus on the good. An example is your own employees who have both, strengths and weaknesses. An optimistic leader perceives the strengths and helps employees build on them while simultaneously inspiring them to improve upon their weaknesses. That way, employees are inspired to give their individual best.
Optimism also has the power to propel people to take action. Rather than dwelling on obstacles, an optimistic leader focusses on solutions. He/she will typically ask, “What is the best that can be done in the given situation? What are the learnings that can help in the future?”
An optimistic leader might not be successful in all his/her endeavors. But he/she doesn’t give up without a ﬁght and will appraise events objectively. This banishes the fear of failure and drives a culture of conﬁdence and success among the workforce.
An optimistic leader is also open to new ideas and feedback. This helps to collaborate, build relationships and encourages creativity and innovation.
When you have a positive mindset on what’s ahead, it is easier to feel more enjoyment in the present, and you will probably live longer with far fewer health problems. There are ways to train yourself to become more positive, with the goal of feeling happier, content and calm each day — no matter what may be happening in your personal or professional life.
Here are 5 Easy Ways to Become an Optimistic Person:
- Recognize and Reﬂect on a Positive Event Each Day: This can take the form of a simple mental acknowledgment, a journal entry, or can even be brought up during a conversation among friends. Once this act becomes more comfortable, a daily gratitude journal is also a great way to promote consistently positive thinking.
- Identify a Personal Strength: Rather than focusing on all the ways you may be falling short, or where you’ve went wrong over the course of a day, try recalibrating to notice your unique personal strengths and how you use them. Maybe it’s a hidden talent, area of expertise, or special personality trait.
- Set an Attainable Goal and Note Your Progress: Nothing can send a person into a negative tailspin quite like falling short of a goal. To start feeling more conﬁdent and happier, set attainable goals that you can achieve, celebrating each small increment of progress along the way.
- Reframe Stressful Situations into Opportunities to be Positive: Perhaps you have heard the saying, “when one door closes a window opens.” It’s simple, but reappraising an event in a positive light can be an easy way to remember to ﬁnd the silver lining in difﬁcult situations. Maybe you missed your exit, for instance, but in taking the road less traveled, you are able to experience new places you would not have otherwise.
- Practice Mindfulness: When you focus on the here and now rather than the past or future, you open yourself up to better enjoying each day and new experience. Focus on ﬁnding pleasure in all the small moments throughout your day and consciously choose to acknowledge them.
Employees want to follow a leader with a positive attitude. A leader with negative attitude can sap the energy of a workplace, give stress, kill productivity, and create a toxic work environment.Optimism can be contagious. So be an optimist and see positivity spread through your organization.