Growth and comfort do not coexist.
There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal, you stop paying attention to the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes—understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.
Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.
Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.
I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this’, and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
You can have it all. Just not all at once.
Stick to your true north—build greatness for the long term.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
—Billie Jean King
(This story appears in the 15 March, 2019 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)