What is the meaning of success to you? While Google suggests that being successful means the achievement of desired visions and planned goals, the meaning of success can differ from person to person. Success could be to become rich or live healthy or a promotion at work or to build a family or simply stay happy. But how do you achieve true success? Notion Press, India’s leading self-publishing platform presents Secret of Success and a Happy Heart by Vikas Chadha, an inspiring read with success stories of real-life heroes.
This book is a must-read for anybody finding it difficult to cope with various challenges life is throwing up, be it professionally or personally. Instead of preaching how to achieve success, this book narrates success stories of real-life heroes who have shown the world how they managed to overcome the obstacles in their path and found their true calling. The success factor for each individual would be different and in the end, success would be measured with the happiness earned and distributed by every individual in this journey called life.
Secret of Success and a Happy Heart will help you get from where you are to where you want to be, teaching you how to increase your confidence, tackle everyday challenges, live with passion and purpose, and realize all your ambitions through inspiring stories of real-life heroes.
Author Vikas Chadha is an experienced leader having worked 25 years in large corporate houses in leadership roles and advising boards. He has helped companies start new ventures and build teams and work on strategy.
He was awarded by the Chartered Institute of Management accountants UK as ‘One of the Most Influential CFOs of India’ in 2016 and as the ‘Best CFO- Hospitality and Services’ by Asia CFO Excellence Awards, Singapore in 2016.
Vikas writes for several leading publications in India and Internationally. He is also the Opinion Columnist with CEO World, New York. In India, he has written for Economic Times, HT Mint, Business world, etc and is an active speaker on various panels for Business channels like Bloomberg, Zee Business, CNBC etc. Vikas has also won the Pride of India awards by ET Now in 2020.
Sharing his rich experience and constructive thoughts on the subject, Author Vikas Chadha emphasises, “Humans experience stress or perceive things as threatening when they do not believe that their resources for coping with obstacles (stimuli, people, situations, etc.) are enough for what the circumstances demand. When people think the demands being placed on them exceed their ability to cope, they then perceive stress.
There is an amazing experiment carried out by my professor when I was in college.
Our psychology professor walked around on a stage while teaching stress management principles to an auditorium filled with students. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the typical ‘glass half empty or glass half full’ question. Instead, with a smile on her face, the professor asked, ‘How heavy is this glass of water I’m holding?’
Students shouted out answers ranging from eight ounces to a couple of pounds.
She replied, ‘From my perspective, the absolute weight of this glass doesn’t matter. It all depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute or two, it’s fairly light. If I hold it for an hour straight, its weight might make my arm ache a little. If I hold it for a day straight, my arm will likely cramp up and feel completely numb and paralyzed, forcing me to drop the glass to the floor. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.’
As the class shook their heads in agreement, she continued, ‘Your stresses and worries in life are very much like this glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and you begin to ache a little. Think about them all day long, and you will feel completely numb and paralyzed – incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.‘
This is a story I tell my team and young chartered accountants when we discuss stress at the workplace. I always encourage them to have a mix of thinking with actions. Timely actions help to increase efficiency thereby reducing stress-causing situations. Have the ability to say “ NO “ justifying your stand and always do not over promise and under deliver”
Taken together and practised every day, this book will change your life beyond your wildest dreams! You can now get your copy of Secret of Success and a Happy Heart by Vikas Chadha on the Notion Press Online Store.