The one word that comes to mind when we talk about the legendary South Indian actor Rajinikanth is – ‘invincible’. We’re not talking about those exaggerated jokes that we read and laugh at.
What many don’t know is that behind his larger-than-life persona is a simple man, much like any of us. It’s his ability to balance his fame with simplicity and humility that attracted the masses, who not only adore him but worship him as the “Thalaivaa”.
His transformation in life, from a bus conductor in Bangalore to becoming the highest paid actor in Indian cinema is truly inspirational. He’s one of the very few actors who has truly humble beginnings and has managed to stay on top of the game throughout his career, reigning in the hearts of audiences across the globe.
Here are some lessons that we can all learn from Rajinikanth’s success story:
1. Struggle is a stepping stone to success:
Failure is something that we shall all face at some point in our lives. What matters is how we take up the challenge to turn ourselves around and build our future from the lessons learned from our past mistakes.
Such a turning point came in Rajinikanth’s life when he was rejected by K. Balachander the first time. Instead of losing hope and feeling dejected he focused on the advice lent to him. He went on to develop his own style and learned Tamil. The rest is history.
2. Let your work speak for you:
To come across a Rajinikanth interview is something very rare. Even though the media follows him everywhere, Rajinikanth is one of the very few actors in the film fraternity who let their work speak for itself and him, rather than bragging about it or promoting it unnecessarily. The superstar is famously reticent when it comes to speaking about himself to the press.
3. Humility and Simplicity are the keys to stardom:
When his films don’t perform well at the box office, he humbly takes the blame and tries to balance the loss. Such is his selflessness. He respects all his fans as much as they respect him. Speaking about his simplicity, off the sets he is mostly noticed in a dhoti-kurta. During the recent Chennai floods, the veteran actor cancelled his birthday celebrations and donated Rs. 10 crore towards relief.
4. Learn to laugh at yourself:
It’s not just you and I who laugh at the famous Rajinikanth jokes we receive every now and then; Rajinikanth himself finds the one-liners about him hilarious. Infact he was once quoted saying in an interview, “I laugh at their imagination. How can they imagine all this? The youngsters (who make up these jokes) are brilliant, very sharp.”
5. Punctuality is Everything:
He never makes anyone wait for him and reaches all his shoots and events before time. Even after having acquired more than his share of fame, he has no starry airs about him. He doesn’t believes in being ‘fashionably late.’
Just like Rajinikanth who takes all this in his stride, these key points will take you a long way as well. Rajinikanth’s life has been an inspiration for various young entrepreneurs. His hard work, humility, growth, attitude towards success and the most important – having faith in his abilities shows that anybody can conquer mountains.