Wisdom of Success by Desh Deshpande

Gururaj ‘Desh’ Deshpande, the founder and chairman of Sycamore Networks Inc., is an influential technology entrepreneur and visionary. Widely respected for his generous contributions and donations for various social causes, Deshpande is a member of the MIT Corporation, which hosts MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, funded from the $20 million seed money provided by him.

Delivering a keynote address at the IIT alumni meeting in Washington on October 11 at the residence of Lalit Mansingh, Indias ambassador to the US, the philanthropic entrepreneur underlined the need for sharing the spoils of success to make it truly meaningful.


When I reflect deeply on my own success, Im reminded of the tale of the brilliant and respected scientist who, after many years of single-minded research, finally found the centre of the universe and was surprised to discover that he was not in it.

My message to you is this: It is not our success that defines us, but how we define success.

At age 4, success is not peeing in your pants.
At age 16, success is having a drivers licence.
At age 20, success is having sex.
At age 35, success is having a good job.
At age 55, success is having money.
At age 70, success is having sex.
At age 80, success is having a drivers licence.
At age 90, success is not peeing in your pants.

With all due apologies to my friends over age 70, success is, after all, a relative term.

Those of us working in the fields of technology have, by the discipline of our training, very rigid definitions of success. For us, it is a model or algorithm that accomplishes what we set out to do it is a program that functions perfectly or hardware that performs without flaw. It is my belief that in our livesboth our professional and personal livessuccess is a far more pliant concept. Success is not determined by the traditional measures of recognition and reward, but in the lessons we learn even in failure and the lives we touch along the way.

My definition of success is simple: It is to be at peace with yourself.

And to be able to do it, and I borrow it, in part, from Benjamin
Franklin, you have to be healthy, wealthy and wise

Good health, of course, is a blessing but one that is aided by disciplined living and a healthy respect for the amount of abuse our bodies can take before they rebel. If you are not healthy, there is not much you can do for others. Wealth is also very important. Being wealthy is a matter of personal opinion, but in my view, you are wealthy when you have more than what you need.

After my Ph.D. in 1980, I continued to live on the student budget. I had a very modest lifestyle. However, I got married to Jaishree in 1980, who is also an IITian. After marriage, she cut our budget in half. I remember when we moved to Boston in 1984, we both used to work and make close to $100,000 a year. However, we lived on less than $20,000 a year. As a result, we were able to quickly save enough for me to quit my job and go without a salary for a couple of years to start our first company.

For all of us who grew up in India, financial restraint comes naturally,because we had to live with fewer resources. Alan Greenspan will spank for me for preaching this, but that financial restraint will give you the financial freedom. The financial freedom gives you opportunity. For me,wealth is the freedom to do the things that you really want to do.

Now that you are healthy and wealthy, it is the wise part of the equation,however, that can be the most challenging, particularly for those, like you, who have been blessed with a keen intellect and the ability to use it. That is merely the foundation for success. I believe true wisdom comes from the ability to explore beyond our natural interests and experiences, and learn to be more fully engaged and aware of the world around us the culture, the politics, the economy and the people who make up our communities. For me, true wisdom, and therefore, true success, comes from being at peace with yourself, and the most effective way to get there is to care about others.

As Albert Einstein said: “Try not to become a man of success. Rather, become a man of value.”

19 thoughts on “Wisdom of Success by Desh Deshpande”

  1. allegra
    allegra d
    allegra side effects
    allegra d side effects
    allegra information
    generic allegra
    allegra side affect
    allegra medication
    buy allegra
    allegra and pregnancy
    allegra medicine
    allegra online
    buy allegra online
    allegra d tablet

  2. soma
    buy soma
    buy soma online
    soma online
    cheap soma
    soma drug
    order soma
    generic soma/a>
    soma carisoprodol
    prescription soma
    soma side effects
    buy cheap soma
    soma online pharmacy
    soma on line
    soma medication
    soma information
    soma 350mg
    order soma online
    cheap soma online
    soma pharmacy
    purchase soma
    soma effects
    cheapest soma
    soma without a prescription
    buy soma on line
    order soma carisoprodol
    medicine soma
    online prescription soma
    prescription drug soma
    purchase soma online

  3. hgh
    hgh spray
    ultimate hgh
    hgh human growth hormone
    hgh supplement
    hgh hormone
    hgh product
    buy hgh
    hgh growth hormone
    hgh side effects
    buy hgh online
    hgh anti aging
    hgh online
    ultramax hgh
    natural hgh
    hgh prescription
    hgh information
    hgh liquid
    health hgh
    effects of hgh
    cheap hgh
    hgh production
    hgh loss weight

  4. vioxx
    vioxx rofecoxib
    vioxx side effects
    buy vioxx
    vioxx informatione
    vioxx medication
    drug vioxx side effects
    fda vioxx
    vioxx online
    vioxx withdrawal
    generic viox
    buy vioxx online
    vioxx effects
    vioxx info
    order vioxx
    cheap vioxx
    vioxx medicine
    vioxx 25

  5. zyrtec
    zyrtec d
    zyrtec side effects
    buy zyrtec
    buy zyrtec online
    generic zyrtec
    zyrtec side effect
    zyrtec d side effects
    zyrtec and pregnancy
    zyrtec online
    zyrtec allergy medication
    medication zyrtec
    zyrtec side affect
    medicine zyrtec
    zyrtec 10mg
    cheap zyrtec
    prescription zyrtec
    effect zyrtec
    effects zyrtec
    alcohol zyrtec
    baby zyrtec
    child dosage zyrtec
    10 mg zyrtec
    symptom zyrtec
    buying online zyrtec
    kid zyrtec/a>

  6. propecia
    buy propecia
    propecia side effects
    generic propecia
    buy propecia online
    cheap propecia
    online propecia
    order propecia
    propecia prescription
    cheapest propecia
    propecia online prescription
    order propecia online
    propecia information
    buy cheap propecia
    propecia effects
    buying propecia
    buying online propecia
    propecia hair loss

  7. lipitor
    lipitor side effects
    lipitor side affect
    generic lipitor
    lipitor tablet
    lipitor side effect
    lipitor alcohol
    buy lipitor
    side effects from lipitor
    lipitor information
    lipitor online
    lipitor medicine
    buy lipitor online
    cheap lipitor
    lipitor 20mg
    order lipitor
    effects lipitor
    effects lipitor prescription side
    lipitor symptom

  8. cialis
    generic cialis
    buy cialis
    viagra cialis
    cheap cialis
    cialis online
    viagra cialis levitra
    cialis side effects
    buy cialis online
    cialis levitra
    free cialis
    cialis cialis

    cialis – Cheapest meds For Sale – Search for cialis online for expert advice, infomation, and more.

  9. xenical
    buy xenical
    xenical online
    xenical information
    buy xenical online
    cheap xenical
    xenical side effects
    cheapest xenical
    generic xenical
    xenical prescription
    order xenical
    buy cheap xenical
    order xenical online
    purchase xenical
    xenical online cheap
    buy cheap online xenical
    xenical on line
    buying xenical
    xenical medication

  10. levitra
    viagra levitra
    generic levitra
    buy levitra
    cialis viagra levitra
    buy levitra online
    cheap levitra
    cialis levitra
    levitra online
    viagra vs levitra
    levitra side effects
    cialis vs levitra
    levitra woman
    levitra prescription
    levitra on line
    levitra medication
    information on levitra
    buy levitra on line
    order levitra
    cheapest levitra
    buy levitra viagra
    viagra cialis levitra
    cheap levitra online
    alcohol levitra
    buy cheap levitra online
    dysfunction erectile levitra
    buy cheap levitra
    cialis generic levitra viagra
    lbuy generic levitra

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s