I knew that my Escaping the Circumstances of Your Birth post would draw out a few comments, and likely some dissenters. This isn’t so much dissent as an interesting comment that was sent by email.Anonymous writes:“It seems that you are advocating being successful so you can live in a big house with a fancy car and a power watch because that’s what success looks like. In your post you say living below your means is ok so again perhaps I’m misinterpreting your words. There is more to success than wealth. There is success in being comfortable in your own skin, success in achieving your goals, success in doing the right thing – like putting your family ahead of your career so you can be with your children. We are not all cut from the same cloth and the definition of success will vary with each of us.”I find this comment interesting mostly because it’s a sign of the times we live in. Success, individual achievement, and wealth are under constant assault. People are made to feel guilty for wanting money, security, and the trappings. I couldn’t disagree with this sentiment any more. You have a duty and an obligation to create wealth, to take care of your family, and to give back in whatever way makes the most sense to you.I teach undergraduates at a university. They tell me they don’t ever have a single person speak to them about money, success, or achievement (other than me, that is). When I ask them what they want to do when they leave college, many say they want to work for a non-profit of some kind. They believe that’s a more honorable answer than, say, being an entrepreneur.Make as much money as you possibly can. There isn’t a damn thing wrong with becoming as wealthy as you are able. And if you can really afford it, by all means get the big house, the fancy car, and the power watch (even though Anonymous is right, it won’t really make you happy–and it might make you miserable).I lived a big part of my life without any money. I’ve lived another part of my life with some money (and resources for producing more). There isn’t any doubt in my mind that having money is better than not having money. Even though I was happy when I was poor, it’s a Hell of a lot better not being poor.There is no shame in poverty, but there isn’t any shame in wealth either.Here’s how I see it, Anon. If there are sins, then surely the greatest among them must be squandering your gifts. I don’t for a minute believe that inside each of the shanty towns I passed last week was genius of all varieties sitting stagnant and wasting.Or maybe it is a greater sin to believe that others aren’t capable of doing more, of being more, and of having more because of the circumstances of their birth. I have no doubt that many of the people that drive past these shanty towns believe that there is nothing in them worth saving. And some who live in the shanty towns may believe the same.My point is this: Without a vision, nothing changes. The preacher in the story I wrote could have provided that vision for some kid. Maybe many of the kids. So could the gentleman in the BMW in Charlie Green’s comment on that post.I agree that success is different for different people. I agree that it’s more than just wealth. In fact, I believe that at the end of your life, you are going to judge your success solely by the relationships of your life. Who you loved and who loved you. Who you were there for and who was there for you.But I can’t imagine any definition of success that includes squandering your gifts or being so arrogant as to believe other people aren’t blessed with extraordinary gifts of their own—especially due to the circumstances of their birth. That is my view of what I saw last week and the story I shared. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
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There is little to doubt that the Maruti-Suzuki Swift had caught the fancy of the Indian masses right from the word go. Be it the generation one or two it does not matter. When it was launched there was nothing in the market which could compete with it.It created a new segment which we loved. So much so that dealers started charging premiums for early delivery and this is especially if you wanted one in the shade of white. So it created benchmarks in more ways than one.ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki to introduce AMT for Vitara Brezza, Swift A couple of years back though Maruti-Suzuki launched the new generation model. It was a vast cry from the model it replaced. It had all the bells and whistles one could ask for. A revised chassis, interior and exterior design and even the feature list evolved.But the time has come when the competition has caught up again and the king of the ring needs to go through some surgery again and here it is, the first ever pictures of the 2017 Suzuki Swift.ALSO READ:The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire AGS brings an extra bit of convenienceUp front the Swift gets a brand new design. This is no minor cosmetic surgery. The bonnet looks elongated and there is a sporty front grille which merges into the bonnet to comply with pedestrian safety norms. The large grille also gives the new Swift dollops of character.The headlamps are new too, and are smoother flowing as compared to the sharper lamps of the current generation model. It also incorporates projector lamps and daytime running lamps. Fog lamps get space on the air dam and there is also a splitter up front. Looks good doesn’t it?advertisementALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: The big dealIn profile one can spot the flared wheel arches and the larger wheels. The floating roof design continues to be offered in the new model and is now sleeker than before. There is one more party piece on the new Swift. Look closely and you will spot now door handles on the rear doors. This is because they have been moved up and blacked out (much like the ones we see on the Chevrolet Beat) to give the new Swift the look of a sporty coupe.At the back, the lamps are smaller and more rounded and are sure to house LEDs. The tail gate is new too, and combined with the roof spoiler give it a hunkered down look. Look down and you will be able to spot twin tail pipes which say a lot of what could be on offer under the bonnet. Inside expect a completely new design. A new dash and a new instrument panel too.ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza outsells Ford EcoSport in MarchUnder the bonnet would reside the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre diesel. However we will not be surprised if Maruti-Suzuki finally decides to offer a Sport version of the same which would come with a turbocharged petrol engine from their Boosterjet range. A 1.4-litre petrol with a six-speed manual gearbox is also being speculated. Fantastic it will be.