Dreaming Big: Key to Big Success
- Debasmita Das
Humans are skilled in anticipating the future and adjusting their behaviour accordingly. Nonetheless, people often make incorrectpredictions, whether this is due to misleading heuristics (e.g. Kahneman et al. 1982) or by unrealistic optimism about the realization of one’s goals (e.g. Radcliffe and Klein 2002; Weinstein 1980). Research documents that errors in people’s forecasting of affective states are common (e.g. Wilson et al. 2000; Loewenstein and Schkade 1999; Wilson and Gilbert 2003). For example, people typically overestimate the duration and intensity of events, such as winning the lottery, a break-up, or failing to secure tenure (e.g. Brickman et al. 1978; Buehler and McFarland 2001; Gilbert et al. 1998; Schkade and Kahneman 1998). In addition, people are not only systematically biased when it comes to themselves, but they can be just as imprecise or even worse when it comes to predicting other people’s affective states (e.g. Igou 2008). Related research on unrealistic optimism consistently indicates that people paint overly bright pictures of their future encounters, and they are inclined to underestimate the likelihood that bad things will happen to them, especially compared to when making the same estimates for others (e.g. Weinstein 1980; Weinstein and Lachendro 1982).
People’s predictions of their future as brighter than the present fulfil an important purpose: they give a sense of meaning to life.
Importantly, perceiving life as meaningful is conceptually and experientially different from simply living a happy life, although this may certainly co-occur. As extensively discussed and tested by Baumeister et al., differences between the constructs include that happiness seems to be largely rooted in biological factors, whereas meaningfulness seems to originate more from cultural factors. Moreover, meaningfulness and happiness correlate in opposite ways with constructs such as pro-social orientations. Indeed, Baumeister and colleagues establish the notion that people may sometimes lead an unhappy but meaningful life, characterized by extensive worry and contemplation, as opposed to people who consider life to be happy but meaningless, perhaps typified by a carefree and selfish lifestyle. Thus, happiness and meaning in life are correlated but conceptually and experientially different phenomena. More formally, according to the configurative perspective by Shmotkin and Shrira (2013) well-being and meaning in life are related, but serve distinct regulatory processes where these factors conjointly allow individuals to be resilient in the face of adverse life events or threats.
To live your life to the fullest, one key factor you need to remember is the size of your dreams. If your dreams are small, you will miss many things in life. You will miss them not because they are out of your reach, but because your limiting beliefs hinder you from reaching them. That’s why it’s important that we learn to dream big. Your life is too precious to be spent pursuing small dreams. Dream big so that you can reach your full potential. Before anything else, though, you should make sure that you pursue the right dreams. You should make sure that your dreams are both fulfilling and meaningful.
In 1967, Goyal joined a travel agency run by his mother’s uncle in Connaught Place where he earned about Rs 300 a month. In 1973, Naresh Goyal started a travel agency, which was later named Jet Air. Later, he made friends in the travel industry — mainly in foreign airlines like those of Jordan, Gulf and Southeast Asia — and quickly learned all aspects of the trade, from ticketing to aircraft leasing. In 1973, he set up his own agency, which he called Jet Air. When he used to go to airline offices to collect paper tickets, people there would make fun of him for naming a travel agency as an airline. Goyal would tell them that one day he will set up his own airline.
Goyal’s aviation career has not been without its share of controversies like the source of Jet’s funding in initial days. “Love him or hate him, you just can’t ignore Goyal who gave India its first decent airline in the form of Jet when the only option to fly within India was the state-owned Indian Airlines. J R D Tata-founded Air India was the finest Indian airline ever. But once the government took over AI, decades of sarkari rule and mismanagement have left the Maharaja as a beggar now,” said a senior airline official.
The ideology is to dream big, dedicate yourself, work for it and get it done. Naresh Goyal of Jet Air is the perfect example, of how to dream big and never stop until you reach the destination.
Debasmita Das [MBA HR]
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