The names are disguised but you recognize the man. There could be many like him in your office or your neighbourhood.
Living a hectic life was exhilarating for Arun. He liked to say that he worked hard and played hard. He enjoyed the tension in his work especially when he took on assignments that involved risk and living on the edge. He put in his usual 12-14 hours per day. Included in his day was a nerve jarring, tension-filled commute where he had to drive like a skilled cross- country driver even in the city roads. He spent the rest of the day ( or what was left of it) partying with his cronies – and there were many of them.
He was pushy at work encouraged by the initial successes given to him by his aggressive nature. Time to unwind meant parties and drinks with his friends. There was no time to relax. Besides, relaxing was for people who had nothing better to do.
The shooting pain caught him one afternoon at work just as he was leaving a meeting in which he had been a vociferous and excited participant. He had suffered a heart attack. Like thousands do every day. He was rushed to the hospital and because of the timely attention given to him he was lucky to survive. Otherwise he would not have lived to see his 31st birthday which followed a few days later.
Suggestions for the Aruns of this world: To succeed in today’s go-getting dog- eat- dog world, you need to be physically and mentally fit. Frenetic, unceasing activity puts a strain on your physiology and burn out results from this “overheating” of your system.
Set aside time for physical activity appropriate to your age and body condition. Use relaxation techniques to help you cool off amidst the hustle and bustle of every day life.
Success comes through living a full life.
Without interests other than work, without time for your family, without attention to your health, aren’ t you living hard – but hardly living?
Don’t waste time identifying this man. He could be anybody- just make sure it isn’t you.!