Chapter 52

World View & Value Systems

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try
to become a man of value.

Albert Einstein

It is important to have a reasonably clear world view and value system with respect to belief in god, religion, family values, integrity, social commitment, etc.

For many professionals important relationships often take a back seat as they pursue a career. Something they often regret later in life.

You should have clear core values and should try and live by these to avoid painful inner conflicts.

What does it mean to live a meaningful life? According to Dr Margaret Kemeny, Director of Psychology at the University of California, it means a life stripped of pretence; a life lived according to oneself and not others.

It means a life lived according to what one thinks is important and enjoyable and not what others think should, or ought to be important.

Does this then mean the freedom and encouragement to live a hedonistic lifestyle?

No. What it really means is first finding out the balance for yourself, taking into account your social and family background, education, personality type, interests, inclinations and values.

Take responsibility for your actions and fulfil your commitments. Count your blessings and they will multiply.

As people try to fulfil their quest for a more meaningful life, two or three careers in a lifetime are becoming more commonplace as people strive to find their true calling in life.

We need to recognize that even with human progress, technology and intelligence, nature is still far more powerful. This has been manifest by the impact of meteorite strikes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tidal waves and other natural disasters. Nature’s other wondrous examples are the other living creatures, the oceans, rivers, lakes, the day-night cycle, the rain, the snow, the mountains, the plants and blossoming of flowers.

An even more sobering effect on human arrogance should be in a cosmic sense the realization that human life, is but a speck in the infinite time, space continuum.

To have clear core values

and to live by these, is to

live with inner harmony.

Brief Profile of the Author

Dr Hiru Bijlani has a Doctorate in International Business, with over 25 years of international business consulting and transformational training experience.

He has participated in prestigious conferences around the world in the areas of international business, management training and management consulting. He is also a visiting faculty in business schools.

Dr Bijlani has authored numerous articles in various publications, and four well-received books namely “Globalization – an Overview” and “A Guide to Global Joint Ventures and Alliances” both published by Heinemann Asia, Singapore and “Succeed in Business: India” and “Tips and Tales for Travelers” published by Times Editions Pvt. Ltd., Singapore.

As a former President of the Institute of Management Consultants of India, he contributed to building the management consulting profession in India.

‘Success Yogi’ is the outcome of research and academic and real life experience in working with professionals and facilitating their attainment of success and happiness and building an organization in this area.

He can be contacted at

Acknowledgments are due to:

Suresh for clipart sourcing and typesetting.

Avita and Reshma for typing support.

Evelyn for editing support.

Malini for material gathering support

Jacinta for typing and setting support.

Beerud for the idea of and support for the web-based program.

To all the authors of the books and articles that I have referred to for this book.

First Published: ©2006

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