TODAY -

E-Pao! Essay - Many Good People everywhere, But Why only few Great People?

Many Good People everywhere, But Why only few Great People?

Shanjoy Mairembam *



We, humans, have something called Mind i.e. thinking capability, which makes us different from the whole living beings in the Universe. We learn from the past incidents and develop our knowledge for the future. As ‘Mind’ is the most dangerous and also the most fabulous abstract, we humans are different in approach and life-styles as the individual thinking varies. This article is all about what makes we humans, think and act; why is there many good people and why only a few Great people; what makes people good; and what are the habits & abstracts that make up a human to think and act.

Well, first of all, let’s try to understand what makes up a full human being in thinking and acting. We can consider four abstracts namely; Mind (Talent), Heart (Passion), Body (Need), & Spirit (Conscience) from which an individual derives its individuality & personality. ‘Mind’ is something through which we humans think practically and analyse using our acquired knowledge & experience in life; so it is nothing but our talent i.e. our expertise learnt from life. This is what we call as ‘IQ (Intelligent Quotient)’. ‘Heart’ is something through which we humans emotionally think and take a decision in our lives, i.e. the thinking is out of our desire and wishes which may be in or out of profile of the natural principles. This is what we call as ‘EQ (Emotional Quotient)’. ‘Body’ is something through which we humans feel the thinking & needs physically, i.e. we show our likes or dislikes based on our physical desires. This is what we call ‘Attitude’. And lastly, ‘Spirit’ is something unknown that we humans always feel inside our mind & body like another individual answering to our queries & doubts in life, i.e. our conscience. This helps us humans to decide & think, and every time giving it’s own version of decision like the God’s advice directly. This is what we call as the ‘Sixth Sense’.

Thus, the final outcome and action of an individual is based on the combined effect on the above four abstracts. An individual’s behaviour, habit, likes, dislikes, personality, and so on… everything depends on how far the individual capitalise his/her effort to understand the above four abstracts. This combined effort will give the individual an image of own in the society, where we live. We will come back to discussion on how these four abstracts make a difference between good people and great people. For now, we will first try to analyse what makes people good, i.e. what makes someone efficient & successful in life or career.

There are many habits that we humans use to develop from being born till the last breath. We do have these habits, but those who understand these habits in-depth and those who try to match the same on self… always gets the success stamped in their life and career, someday or the other day. So, what are these habits? –

Habit No 1: - Be Proactive
This means – one should be responsible for the thinking, or the idea being developed & being decided to go ahead in life or the career. The opposite of this word is ‘Reactive”. If someone does a work or an idea or a duty; just because he/she has to do, or someone/something is compelling to do, then, that is nothing but just reacting to the responses from the environment. But, the saying here is that the individual has to take some moral responsibility like ‘Indeed this idea or job is mine, and the responsibility to give success is own; and the reward/medal out of the idea is for self’. If so, there is maximum efficiency out of the capability one has on self.

Habit No 2: - Begin with the End in Mind
This means – every idea or thinking should be all completed with proper justification & reasoning in mind before final practical implementation. The person has to have a clear idea of what to do, how to do, where to do. In short, the individual should have a clear final goal and clear blue-print in his/her mind; and then, the individual has to start executing the idea with the goal in mind

Habit No 3: - Put First Thing First
This means – to organise the thinking and steps chosen as per the thinking and analysis for executing an idea into action, as first, second, third … in an order. Every idea has its way of implementation based on the strategy chosen by the individual’s expertise and desire. So, the final result may be the same, but the approach may be drastically different at times too. And hence, the individual has to chart out the various steps and process identified related to the idea to be implemented; and then, focus on the first step/process first and the rest on the order of the reality

Habit No 4: - Think Win-Win
This means – one should always keep in mind the confidence that he/she is going to win if the strategy so chosen is executed which has been developed taking into consideration of all the impacts from the surroundings and uneven situations; and so there is no way the individual is going to lose. In short, the idea is one should feel he/she is going to win and just win, as he/she is on track as per the self planning. When the mind is set, nothing on earth can stop the individual from executing the task, unless there is another miracle to stop the same

Habit No 5: - Seek First to Understand, then, Understood to seek
This means – before really trying to gather the info about the idea to implement, it is necessary to understand how to gather the info. One may have some ideas to implement and also knows what things to gather to execute the same. But, if the means and method of gathering the info are not relevant to the situation, he/she may get into trouble and; instead prove the individual to be something totally different from what he/she is trying to prove via the own idea. In short, it is ‘understanding the means of expression and means of interaction so that the current situation is also not disturbed; and at the same time, the requirements of the idea are made and gathered’

Habit No 6: - Synergise
This means – to understand all the qualities and strengths an individual has on self, and then capitalising on the combined strength or idea of the individual. Everyone has some higher capability or strength compared to others, as God had created every human being differently with some extra quality on self. So, it is the responsibility of the individual to find out what is there on self that people don’t have; and how he/she can prove the in-born instinct to all thus getting success and fame in life time

Habit No 7: - Sharpen the saw continuously
This means – to develop the ideas and fine tune the same rigorously, as there is only one constant in this whole universe, which is none other than “CHANGE”. In order to make sure the steps/processes being followed to execute the idea into reality, to be able to work or compatible with some magic, irrespective of time and moment; one should always update the knowledge and skills by putting life & colour into the old processes/steps so chosen long time before, via understanding the changes and the need for adaptability

These habits are all there in every individual and the only difference among us is that how far an individual realises them collectively and capitalises the self thinking on them. If one is well aware on these habits after being compared to self ideas, then, for sure, the individual will become efficient in life and get success in life or the career chosen. In short, the individual will be good; but not great. Then, what makes someone great and what are those habits differentiating Great People from Good People.

We, humans can be efficient in our daily works and career being chosen, by following the check-lists being prepared for the same to follow punctually and effectively. It is like being having a checklist of things to do to the manufacturing workers, to make sure the product to be developed is shifted out with the quality & the standard being promised to the customer and which is being thought to realise at the first instance. Thus, to become good is pretty simple and idealistic to realise if one is not lazy and if one is enthusiastic in life on what he/she has chosen to go ahead.

But, Good people are not always good in all the fields of life. Being becoming more & more ‘Good’, will not make the individual ‘Great’, but instead it will pull down the ‘Good’ to ‘Bad’ and ‘out of time & condition’. So, there is another constant that we can feel which doesn’t change at all i.e. “CHOICE”. Choice is something that we humans will have at every instant of time and life on whatever we do and think. Even not having a choice to do something is indeed a choice, i.e. to choose the same or leave the same. The thinking mentioned here, is to capitalise and focus on the four abstracts explained above to make the difference.

Life is not one-dimensional, but multi-dimensional. This means that getting success in one field of life is not the real success in life. We are living in the society and so we are not just living on our ideas, but in the mixture of the ideas of every other individual. So, it is not enough just to understand self; but it is still more valuable to understand others too. One needs to be careful of success in life; i.e. whether one is really on the right ladder or the wrong ladder. We may get medals of success in life for executing some ideas into actions, but if that success is not going to count in my real life and real goal in life, then, what is the use of the success. One may seems to be happy getting so many success in life in the career or the field one is preceding, but, whether the individual is sure the success medals are leading him/her to the right path of life. Thus, in order to be to among the ‘Great People’, one has to change the strategy/career path based on the combined impact of the above four abstracts in life. Or, the individual will be just a ‘Good Person’. One needs not just to realise own voice but one needs to inspire others to realise their voice; so that the other people can understand that the individual is indeed GREAT & not just Good.


Shanjoy Mairembam , a Software Engineer from Bangalore writes for regularly to e-pao.net
In this piece he shares his learnings from Franklin R. Covey's "THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE" and his own interpretation of it.
You can email the writer at shan_mairembam@yahoo.co.in
This article was webcasted on 07th March 2005.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Tribes, Art & Soul of India #1: Gallery
  • Rally against Mob Lynching #1: Gallery
  • 'Sahnit' an honour or a disgrace
  • Irabot : Socio-Political Challenges
  • Training employees for better governance
  • Blue Ocean :: Poem
  • Sextortion: Making money from shame
  • Condemn murder of Neiphretuo Metsie
  • Social lacunae
  • BJP on poll drive at Imphal, Kohima
  • Historical Evaluation of Puya Meithaba #2
  • Felicitation of Sportsperson: Gallery
  • ICJ: Investigation of Extrajudicial Killing
  • Legal profession as career option #2
  • Loktak Down Stream HE Project (2x33MW)
  • Protest against mob lynching at DU
  • Ripples of Music :: Poem
  • Memo submitted to CM over lynching
  • Poems of Peace, Resistance ...
  • Helicopter Schedule for Imphal-Jiri
  • Mirabai recommended for Khel Ratna
  • Martyrdom of Haipou Jadonang #3: Gallery
  • Manipur State is still winning..
  • Gazetteer of North-East India :: Book
  • Sunfeast Cup Football Tournament
  • Trip down memory lane
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Folk Song :: Poem
  • The Endureres at Dwarka Half Marathon
  • Main accused in cop slaying nabbed
  • Naga talks not confined to Nagaland..
  • Trekking to Dzukou Valley #1 : Gallery
  • Rest in Peace Humanity
  • Ph Banti's artwork 'Trafficking of children'
  • Cry of a Dying River - 45 :: Poem
  • Buddhism is not a religion
  • Jobs at R-Square Design
  • The Killing Fields 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • Candle Light at DU over lynching
  • Society as a reflection of govt
  • Mobocracy : Shame on Manipur
  • Kuki Black Day @CCpur : Gallery
  • miAoIbgi pNTuH :: Seireng
  • Apikcha, Apaiba, Tinilung :: eMing
  • An opinion on Tharoijam killing
  • How Manipur lost internal autonomy, Kabaw
  • Admission for PhD at Tripura Univ
  • Meefam ST at Nambol, Khangabok
  • Importance of Forest & Environment
  • Deep social divide: Two different folks?
  • Kuki Black Day: Kukis Will never forget
  • R & V Art House's First Art Fest 2018
  • Celebrating International Literacy Day, 2018
  • Born a Kuki, die a Kuki :: Poem
  • History of North East India :: Book
  • Will SimpliciTB make TB treatment simpler
  • Meefam chathaduna ST gi issue..
  • Dipankar Talukdar- Mr Model of World Star
  • System error- who will fix Broken Window
  • Reshuffle Talks : Say No to Yes Me
  • India negotiating vehicle pact with Myanmar
  • Chalwa Village, Kangpokpi #2 : Gallery
  • Thien & its downfall in Zeliangrong #2
  • Is FA a self exposed daylight robbery?
  • Nation Needs Small Farmers
  • Who is programming you ?
  • Bandhs as dissent & survival of laziest
  • Looking for Raju :: Poem
  • The cry of the 2nd class citizen
  • Bharat Bandh in Imphal
  • Tribal body writes to Prez on People Bill
  • Sumi Hoho reaffirms dissociation from NH
  • Historical Evaluation of Puya Meithaba #1
  • Sit-In: Naga Peace Talk #2 : Gallery
  • Naga-Kuki conflict: Search for definitions
  • Mega Marathon Manipur : Download Form
  • Legal profession as career option
  • Guv felicitates 5 JAK RIF for flood relief
  • Stored Anger :: Book Review
  • On stepping into the 20th year of TSE
  • Sept - month which reinstated our courage
  • Krishna Janma @ISKCON #2 : Gallery
  • Empty :: Poem
  • Lets beat littering - plastics pollution
  • NEHU Seminar : Urbanization in India
  • Jobs at JCRE Skill Solutions
  • Declaration of Naga Collective Spirit [Sep 8]
  • Akanba Khongjangidamak Yathokpa Loire
  • Support for STDC from UMA, Assam
  • 'Deplorable power supply in Nagaland'
  • Tryst with destiny - Should we accept ?
  • Stand off at MU : Impact on LS Poll
  • Exploring the enthralling Tuilha Kol
  • Kamesh Salam : Outstanding Green Activist
  • The Valley Of Brahmaputra :: Book
  • Development of road database
  • The inner page story :: Poem
  • Kakching WW-II Memorial Run 2018
  • STDC public meeting at Langathel Keithel
  • CNTC denounces Senapati Declaration'
  • Online help for LGBTQ in three states
  • Army recalibrating its strategy in NE
  • Maibi Jagoi at Sangai Fest : Gallery
  • My poll without prejudice to anyone
  • MEETAC - Mission for streamlining TK
  • Conditions leading to Marxism
  • Heart Camp at Khelakhong, Thoubal
  • Cyber bully: Crime that follows you home
  • Bhupen Hazarika : Tribute at London
  • AEP & Importance of Myanmar & NE
  • Political pandemonium
  • Students central to MU issue
  • Landscape from Koubru #2 : Gallery
  • Leishangthem Robert for Mr. World 2018
  • Oinam Shilla Chanu at Mrs India Earth
  • North-east Frontier Of India :: Book
  • Thien & its downfall in Zeliangrong #1
  • Cry of a Dying River - 44 :: Poem
  • JRF Post at Mizoram University
  • Honours to Bamboo; a ubiquitous gift
  • Case of hunter now being huntedr
  • Chaklam Khongchat Numit #3 : Gallery
  • Women Empowerment & judicial Activism
  • Narin Chenggum - wild edible mushroom
  • Flying Star at your lips :: Poem
  • Out of the box thinking
  • Call centre fraud: Vicious vishing attack
  • Changing India & its impact on Manipur
  • MU stand off gets uglier
  • Tikendrajit : The Lion of Manipur #4
  • Krishna Janma @Mahabali #1 : Gallery
  • Eastern Frontier of India :: Book Review
  • Remembering Radhakrishnan ..
  • Moments to cherish :: Poem
  • Glimpse of the Buddha's teaching
  • NH7 Weekender Express Editions
  • Rejoinder to NDPP from NPF [05 Sep]
  • Mental equation
  • Are teachers teaching ? Apt, timely poser
  • Sirarakhong Hathei Phanit @Ukhrul : Gallery
  • Sit-In: Naga Peace Talk #1 : Gallery
  • Globalization, Act East Policy & Manipur
  • Review on anthology of Parthajit Borah
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Child Friendly Police Stations proposed
  • ADBU Goes Green with Solar Energy
  • Convocation of Assam Don Bosco
  • Fetal Echocardiography - Seminar held
  • Rejoinder to NPF from NDPP [04 Sep]
  • Manipur climbers felicitated
  • Divide, divert and rule will not work
  • FA, MU crisis : Issues before LS polls
  • Krishna Janma @ISKCON #1 : Gallery
  • Komrem Student Day @Bangalore : Gallery
  • September Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • The Coils of Pakhangba :: Book
  • Physics Program in Don Bosco, Tura
  • Condemns MU VC's vindictive stance
  • 'Policy of India to suppress people'
  • NDPP congratulates Abu Metha
  • Pandey back at MU! Violating spirit of MoA
  • Exhibition @ Art College #2: Gallery
  • AMWJU Sit-In-Protest : Gallery
  • Shri Krishna Janmasthami :: Book
  • Life's heck :: Poem
  • Environment & lung health are vital
  • Innovation for the common man
  • Humanitarian crisis with NRC in Assam
  • Rejoinder to NDPP from NPF [02 Sep]
  • Jangou Rah : eRang Classic
  • The Story of 40 Pineapple Suckers
  • Rebirth of Manipur Human Rights Comm
  • Yumkhaibam Nanao Eramdam Yaourakhre
  • Lecture: Governance & Public Services
  • X-rated poem :: Poem
  • Ningol Chakkouba Celebration in Delhi
  • Baton changes hands at IGAR (South)
  • Rejoinder to NPF from NDPP [01 Sept]
  • A Wake-up call
  • Lok Sabha polls : More crucial for BJP
  • Martyrdom of Haipou Jadonang #2: Gallery
  • Chaklam Khongchat Numit #2 : Gallery
  • The World of Kuki People :: Book
  • Effects of the Burning of Meitei Puyas
  • Soil Technician required at MaolKeki
  • Jr. Mr. India 2018, Gyanendra Thokchom
  • Rejoinder to HTC & allies' statement
  • Consensual sex..Does it amount to rape ?
  • Need for all to keep their sanity
  • Thailand's Queen to visit 3 NE States in Nov
  • Hostel for NE students ready in Bengaluru
  • Sanagi Tenawa :: Funga Wari
  • MU: Den of Insurgents or Den of Ideas?
  • Can NRC Update save Assam and NE ?
  • Victim of Enforced Disappearances
  • Admission for Ph.D. at Tripura University
  • Aizawl: Photo Exhibit 'Saaf Niyat Sahi Vikas'
  • IGAR (S) calls on Chief Minister
  • The Game of Frame Work Agreement
  • Cases of excesses : FIRs raining on cops
  • Martyrdom of Haipou Jadonang #1: Gallery
  • Baapjii the Prime Minister that I knew
  • A visit to TNAI, Manipur Branch
  • Physics Program in Don Bosco College
  • Resolution: Right of Human Right Defender
  • Flowering A Xewali :: Poem
  • Condemnable sequence of events at JNU
  • Advancing rights of Human Right Defender
  • Rejoinder to NDPP from NPF
  • Is BJP govt sabotaging trust of people
  • Chronicling the culture of bandh
  • Dolaithabi Dam , Senapati : Gallery
  • Eid-Ul-Adhaa Festival #2 : Gallery
  • Cry of a Dying River - 43 :: Poem
  • Emerging careers in sports #2
  • I was appointed as a Yoga Pracharak..
  • Stop targeting Human Rights Defenders
  • TSA refutes Hill Tribal Council, Moreh
  • Misleading statement made by NPF :: NDP
  • A look on the past and present govt
  • Questioning silence of Cong
  • Chaklam Khongchat Numit #1 : Gallery
  • AKA a beautiful existential crisis
  • Unemployment in 4th Industrial Revolution
  • 47th Nagas Annual Meet at Mumbai
  • Transcending Patriots' Day(s) #4
  • CM meet Ambassador Of Thailand
  • Vajpayeeji full of wit & humour #2
  • The truth unfolded
  • Education : Central to all Make MU shine
  • Sangai Fest: Fashion Show #2 : Gallery
  • Tikendrajit : The Lion of Manipur #3
  • Dr. Jodhachandra Sanasam : Sahitya
  • Transcending Patriots' Day(s) #3
  • Tolloi in Ukhrul District #1 : Gallery
  • Architects announces 1st MADE 2018
  • Expedite FA Rally #2 : Gallery
  • Billie's Book by Ranjeeta Mayanglambam
  • Eid-Ul-Adhaa Festival #1 : Gallery
  • Shougrakpam Bijaya :: A Profile
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Disputed Myanmar Border Pillar : Gallery
  • Robert Naorem @Blr Fashion Week : Gallery
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #3: Gallery
  • Dzuko valley #4 :: 360 Panorama View
  • Manglandasu Nang - OST :: e-pao Radio
  • Temples of Manipur : Gallery
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS