Four boats that leads to self-destruction

Leading oneself in the right path is more difficult task than advising others. Leadership starts with correcting one’s self image. ‘What we think about what we are’ has greater impact on everyday life. Behavior and character are mirror reflection of our inner mind. Here I like to present four pleasure boats that take you to worst side of the life. I like to term them as ‘pleasure’ boats as you will surely get addicted to them once you started practicing it.



1. Procrastination – Putting off critical stuff till it pinches you. Every author in Management especially Time Management surely deals with this topic. It is not a new topic but it is the vital topic. Procrastination has no excuse for it & most often it gives bad results. Some bloggers posted advantages of it too 🙂 To-do list, prioritization, finishing up bigger task at first, quick wins, etc would be the ideas to beat procrastination. I found following text in one of the site:

I think the way to “solve” the problem of procrastination is to let delight pull you instead of making a to-do list push you. Work on an ambitious project you really enjoy, and sail as close to the wind as you can…[1]

2. Forgetfulness – Repeatedly missing appointments, blaming it on your memory, not following up a written schedule are all some examples. Don’t think it can happen only for elderly people! It happens to all. Stress, anxiety, or depression can make a person more forgetful. Keeping mind relaxed, write the activities to-do, review activity list in equal intervals will help you getting out of this dreadful boat.

3. Idleness (or Laziness) – To pass time without working or while avoiding work. When used to describe a person, idle typically carries a negative connotation, with the assumption that the person is wasting their time by doing nothing of value. Such a view is reflected in the proverb “an idle mind is the devil´s workshop”. We are here to live. Life is enjoyable when we do activities of our interest or activities that bring happiness to others. So don’t get into something and be useful.

4. Fond of sleep – This is the fourth boat of self-destruction. Sleep is good only to some extent. Sleep gives refreshment to mind and body. But it turns to be ugly when sleep becomes one’s work. If you give more importance to sleep, you will surely lose time. Loss of vital time lead to unsuccessful life.

Can you think of a soldier sleeping in war front?

Can you think of a Police official sleeping in early hours of a day?

Can you think of a Country President/Manager/CEO sleeping in a press meeting?

Anyone who wants to reach greater heights in life & be successful should get out of bed and get into work. Take a oath from today – “As a leader of my life I don’t encourage myself addicting to above four things anytime in my life.”

Procrastination, forgetfulness, idleness, and sleep, these four things, form the vessel which is desired by those destined to destruction.[3]


1. Good and Bad Procrastination, December 2005 retrieved from on 03/15/2009

2. Thirukkural (Tamil) by Thiruvalluvar

3. Thirukkural – English Translation and Commentary by Rev Dr G U Pope, Rev W H Drew, Rev John Lazarus and Mr F W Ellis First published by W.H. Allen, & Co, 1886, Reprinted by The South India Saiva Siddhantha Works Publishing Society, Tinnevelly, Madras, India , 1962, 1982.

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