Life is a journey that presents us with both challenges and opportunities. It can be difficult to navigate at times, but with the right mindset, we can make the most of our experiences. One of the most important aspects of living a fulfilling life is overcoming laziness and becoming more productive.
Recently, I had the privilege of discussing life with my mentor, Mr. Gemunu Wijesena from Sri Lanka. During our conversation, he imparted to me a simple yet effective formula for leading a fulfilling life. The formula consists of five powerful words: Active, Skilled, Money, Friends, and Happy. Each of these words holds a connection to the next, and by focusing on one, we can positively impact the others. This formula has greatly helped me comprehend the significance of productivity and the interdependence of various aspects of life.
The purposeful life’s formula is simple,
- Being Active will make you SKILLED!
- Skills will help you earn MONEY!
- Money will get you, FRIENDS!
- Friends will make you HAPPY!
On the other hand, if we look at it from the opposite perspective, the formula for an unsatisfying life can be described as follows:
- Laziness will keep you inefficient!
- Inefficiency will make you worthless!
- Worthless life will make you friendless!
- Life without friends will make you unhappy!
The ultimate lesson from this formula is that our mindset plays a crucial role in shaping our lives. Our creator almighty Allah has provided us with the capability to operate our lives in the right direction, but it is up to us to utilize the resources given to us effectively, or risk having a meaningless, hopeless, and unproductive existence.
So, how do we fight against laziness and live a fulfilling and meaningful life? Here are a few ways:
- Set goals: Having a clear and specific goal in mind will give you a purpose and something to work towards.
- Create a schedule: Set aside specific times for different activities and stick to them.
- Surround yourself with positive influences: Spend time with people who inspire and motivate you.
- Take care of your physical and mental health: Get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and take care of your mental well-being.
- Practice gratitude: Appreciate what you have and be thankful for the blessings in your life.
To sum up, the five-word formula shared by my mentor, Active, Skilled, Money, Friends, and Happy, is an effective way to comprehend the connection between various elements of life. It highlights the significance of being active and efficient as the foundation for a satisfying and purposeful life. By managing our mindset and actions, we can conquer laziness and accomplish our aspirations
K M Hasan Ripon, Executive Director, BSDI