One may be an expert of his or her own field. One may have killer looks and/or impressive communication skills ; but if one is not using it for the benefit of society (or the world in general) then it might backfire someday.
Not only that the World remembers people only when they need them. But once a person has left (putting it bluntly - has died) - the world doesn't care for the people unless-
- They are very good. Like Mahatma Gandhi or Mother Teresa.
- They are Bad - like Hitler and Saddam Hussain.
- They have a personal connection with the person.
Hence, in my humble opnion being Good comes before being Successful. And I can tell you - we have all good and bad in us - A Good Person is someone who's good most of the times with most of the people - a person who is good all the time with all the people is called a Saint (in Sanskrit - its called 'Muni' or 'Sthita Pragya'.
I intend to atleast be a good person. And today I pray to Lord - "Oh Lord, please help me be a good person!"