What is Success? There are many people who have come up with their interpretations of what success really is and really there is no need to get to a consensus to what really success means as success means different things to different people. However putting aside the myriad definitions of success I agree with the following quotes regarding Success
Success is always doing your best. Put your Heart, Mind, Intellect And Soul into Even your Smallest Acts. This is the Secret of Success. –Swami Sivananda
Success is properly setting concrete goals. People with clear written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them can ever imagine – Anonymous
Success is believing you can. Success is 99% attitude and 1% aptitude. –Celestina Chua
Success is a personal quest but what really drives Success. Of Course Self-belief and the Iron will to overcome obstacles. Wait a minute is Success solely driven by one’s own self-belief. Yes for certain type of individuals who can always draw raw motivation from their inner self and have an inbuilt reservoir of self-belief that they are good enough to accomplish their goals even in the face of adversity. These type of people march relentlessly forward and convert their immense self-belief into something tangible which the world gives a name called “Success”. But all people are not blessed with such self-belief and are more prone to doubting their own potential and abilities. Does this mean Success deserts these type of individuals? Not really these type of individuals who lack the inner motivation need inspiration. They look up to people who can really inspire and set goals and expectations for them. In such a setting these individuals can also reach their goals not set by themselves but set up by others in their best interest.In the debate between self-belief and others expectations in shaping ones success the Greek mythological story Pygmalion and Galatea has contributed to the modern understanding of the role of self-expectation vs. others expectations of us. I am sure most of us have heard the story of Greek Sculptor Pygmalion who fell in love with his own sculpture Galatea but what does it have to do with self-expectation and meeting others expectations. A play Pygmalion based on The story by George Bernard Shah has contributed to the concepts named the Pygmalion effect and the Galatea Effect which nowadays are used by leaders to motivate and inspire people to attain their goals.
The Pygmalion effect is the phenomenon whereby the greater the expectation placed upon people, the better they perform. The effect is named after the Greek myth of Pygmalion, a sculptor who fell in love with a statue he had carved.
The Galatea Effect is the phenomenon where Performance is more based on Self Expectation and is named after Pygmalion’s Sculpture.
Now that we understand both the Pygmalion Effect and Galatea Effect looks like we have a perfect recipe to inspire success. Parents can put Pygmalion Effect to use by setting high expectations for their kids and kicking of the Galatea Effect in them putting their kids on the road to achieve the shared goals. Extending this beyond the household the same interplay between Pygmalion and Galatea Effect if put to use in schools and work place would create wonders in terms of student’s success in schools and great productivity at work place. Taking a step further extending this to the society as a whole a close symbiosis between Pygmalion Effect and Galatea Effect would do wonders to productivity as a whole and inspire a nations success story worth emulating for generations to come.