Shah Rukh Khan's unique philosophy of success
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As we are ushered into the 24th floor suite at a posh Bandrahotel,
the Badshah of Bollywood greets
us warmly, the ever-present cigarette smouldering in one hand. As his aides
buzz around to get him a sandwich, Shah Rukh 'King' Khan strolls to the
sea-facing window and muses aloud, "Too bad Sea Rock hotel is gone. I'd
always dreamt of buying it during my struggler days.
Staring far into the sea, watching the waves splash around, it looks as if he is
trying to relive those frustrating days of sitting on Bandra's bandstand with
nothing more than just a dream. But with success, SRK's dreams have only gotten
Circa 2012, he is not only the biggest star
in Bollywood, but also owner of the IPL-winning Kolkata Knightrider team, and
promoter of Red
Chillies Entertainment and
Red Chillies VFX. SRK, who has been retained by TAG
brand ambassador for the 9th year, discusses his unique philosophy of success.
So what drives you — a higher goal, insecurity or success itself?
You know, I delivered a speech on success for Young President's Organisation a
few years ago. Success is an extremely strange thing. It has two elements.
First, it cannot be passed on, however much you try, whether you are a CEO of a
company, or a parent. And the second thing about it is that the successful
person actually actually does not know why he or she is successful. Of course,
you can always say things like: the more I practice, the easier it becomes, etc.
People get cagey trying to explain the reason for success and they hide behind
big words. Someone asked Warren Buffet, how he was so successful in his
investments. Buffet said: 'I take the right decisions'. The person asked: 'And
how do you take right decisions?' He replies: 'Experience'. He was further
asked: 'How do you get experience?'
Buffet said: 'By making the wrong decisions'. So even Warren Buffet cannot
explain the reason for success — no one can. So when you ask me what drives me,
it's really none of the five top things: profit, fame, the quest for excellence
and perfection, wanting to do better than I did last time, or just because this
is what I do. I think it is something as basic as, feeling good about what you
do. And then everything stems from it. Whenever I've felt good doing something,
it has always been successful. I felt good about getting into cricket. Fine, it
wasn't successfully immediately.
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