DARE TO FAIL
This is about abook which was written at a proper time and served as a source of inspiration for thousands of Malaysians, Singaporeans and Thais. And it became an international best-seller.
And this is dedicated to RathaKrishnan who has 'fuel'ed the inspiration to write this.
There are umpteen books written and released about succeeding in life. But they all give only particular perspectives about succeeding. All those approaches will only lead in one direction only.
There is a book of a totally different nature and calibre. It was written by a Malaysian. Chinese. The book's name is 'Dare To Fail'. Author: Billi P.S.Lim.
The greatest weakness of human society at the present times is a morbid fear of failure.
If there is this amount of irrational crowds in the temples, it is all because of fear. If there are so many abhiskekhams, yaagams, homams, special worships, it is because of fear. And also lust and greed.
The prolific growth of Swaminijs - Kumudhanandha, Anandhavikataanandha and the habits of washing their unholy feet with fragrant water and sprinkling their heads and drinking that.... its all underlying fear which propels them. And a pathological degree of greed.
There no rational approach.
"Is that Swamiji authentic?"
"Who is he? Is he real?"
Very few people think along these lines and approach a swamiji.
"This swamiji will make it shower with gold and dollars..... That swamiji will make me get that contract. This swamiji will make me win this case. This swamiji will cure my sickness. That swamiji will make me strike a lottery. This swamiji will make me get the electoral seat and win this election. That swamiji will make my son become a doctor......".
Such great expectations, and fear.
Fear of "What if.....?"
Among these, the fear of fear itself is the greatest.
Those who have succeeded in life will fear an impending failure.
Those who are damn rich will always harbour a mortal fear about poverty. What if we dont earn enough! What will the society think about us?
Such sorts of fear.
The Malaysians always say that the Singaporeans have these fears. They call this state as 'Kiah(ng) Suu'. But nowadays, we see this HiahSuuism afflicting the Malaysians also. Malaysian Tamils seem to be most afflicted. I hear Tamilnadu is also affected.
This book acts as a medicine for KiahSuuism.
Most of the people will be affected negatively by failure immediately. Others get their spirits killed by repeated failures and so they give up.
It is for these people that this book is meant for.
'Never Say Die' is the Manthra of this book. The author has investigated and researched failure and its nature and impact very carefully. That is why, he has chosen this title - 'Dare To Fail'.
Even to fail, you need courage.
There is a picture with the frontispice. This picture is that of a Thai man. Name is Srivat Voravetvuthikun. He hangs a box over his neck. He prepares sandwiches and takes them road by road and sells them. The name of the sandwich is 'Srivat Sandwich'.
There is nothing special about selling sandwiches. The speciality is that HE is selling sandwiches.
Just a few months before that photo, Srivat was a multimillionaire. He was Thailand's leading stockbroker. He was also a condomenium developer. He had tremendous losses and became a debt-ridden bankrupt. But he was not overcome with remorse or shame. He just picked the box and started selling sandwiches.
"There is nothing wrong with selling sandwiches. As long as there is no theft of cheating". He was an exemplary monument of courage and steadfastness and not giving up.
You must understand the time period during which Lim wrote this book. There was the greatest stock market crash in South East Asia. Thousands lost everything and many commited suicide.
That is the time that Lim wrote and published this book.