By Chander Gupta
There are notable instances of famous artists and personalities who, despite their genius and talents, succumbed to bad habits and did not last a normal span of life. I was recently reading a book on a great actor and film-maker of the black-and-white era. His life was cut short prematurely at the prime age of 40.
To cope with stress and dejections in life, he had taken recourse to drinking and smoking. History is witness to many a king losing their thrones due to vices. Many talented persons fade away early on in their lives because they did not cultivate good habits. One flaw or blemish in one’s character spoils the entire image. There is a saying that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
Good habits provide sustenance to your abilities and capabilities. Talent and efficiency cannot be sustained for long if good habits are not adopted simultaneously. Good habits provide a strong anchor to one’s personality. The examples of good habits related to maintaining one’s health are: exercising, meditating, adhering to a balanced diet and so on. Good habits in the professional field can be: punctuality, politeness, humility, empathy and the like.
Without the support of good habits, one cannot shine for long, howsoever intelligent and efficient one may be. Good health and good character can be built only through maintaining good habits. Talent and genius need the support of health and character. Good habits always stand one in good stead, bring consistency at work and earn credibility.