Maslow’s Motivation Mantra of Milkha Sing the flying sikh of India (Bhaag Milkha Bhag)


Winners Don’t Do Different Things They Do Things Differently:

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The question is always the same after all what motivated the winner to sustain the extreme pressure for and do things differently. What motivated the person to keep going towards acme of success? What motivates his behaviour?

Bhaagmilkhabhaag_Maslows Hirarchy 10According to humanist psychologist Abraham Maslow, our actions are motivated in order achieve certain needs. Abraham Maslow studied what he called exemplary people such as Albert Einstein, Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Frederick Douglass who till date known as the real achievers of their times in addition to Maslow studied the healthiest 1% of the college student population and came up with a paper in year 1943 and Gave his theory of Motivation as Maslows’s hierarchy of needs . After him there came lot many motivational theories on and clinical psychology and psychiatry  but till date your knowledge of Human Motivational theory is incomplete without Maslows .

Maslows finding wouldn’t have been deviated a bit for the exemplary sports man Milkha Singh . The recent biopic on him portrays him as a true winner who kept winning, kept himself motivated may be for different reasons at different stages of his life and gradually moved towards the top of pyramid Self actualization.

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Like any other biopic “Bhaag Milkha Bhag” also comprises of stories of guts, disappointment and glory but much more than it for a layman to learn about . The picture though portrays the story of success and glory with emotional turmoil of the  nation’s pre-eminent athlete from 1947 to 1960 and his growth cycle .Lets observe closely how Bhaag Milkha Bhag is registering it self for the motivation epic for management gurus. According to Maslow’s there are five levels of Hierarchy of Needs

  1. 1.    Physiological Needs

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Milkha singh won his first race in the camp in his craving for Milk his basic need for special diet . His first motivation was reflected by the twinkle in his eyes on announcement of the rewards of winning the race. which suffices the very base of the pyramid physiological needs

These include the most basic and instinctive needs that are vital to survival, such as the need for water, air, food, and sleep. It puts all the needs become secondary until these physiological needs are met.

  1. 2.    Security Needs

Bhaagmilkhabhaag_Maslows Hirarchy 5The real dash of the doyen Milkha begun when he had to run to save his life as per the instructions of his father to save himself in the riots of 1947 and though scary like hell but still it was a motivation where he had no other option except to win to stay alive for the sense of Security which according to Maslow’s is another step of motivation. Though for Milkha this sense of security soon moved to other aspects like steady employment when his love interest questions his carefree life style.

  1. 3.    Social Needs

Bhaagmilkhabhaag_Maslows Hirarchy 7As a contender for race Milkha instantly feels longing for respect and acceptance among the fellow members when he says,”I want to wear the coat , as the coat begets the respect from all”. The desire to be called Champion Milkha singh and wear the Coat of India and further to prove himself as an eligible contender and earn the badge pumps him to run in race even after the severe injuries which were result of the dirty internal rivalry of other sports man. He thus proves that a strong motivation and desire to win needs no boundaries

According to Maslow’s once the previous two needs get fulfilled a person is motivated by his Social Needs which includes include needs for belonging, love, and affection. Relationships such as friendships, romantic attachments, and families help fulfil this need for companionship and acceptance, as does involvement in social, community, or religious groups.

  1. 4 Esteem Needs

After the first three needs have been satisfied, esteem needs becomes increasingly important. These include the need for things that reflect on self-esteem, personal worth, social recognition, and accomplishment.

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Once Milkha  looses the race at Melbourne summer Olympics  which gives him a personal dent .rather than moving into the spiral of depression he sets himself a target to break the record and retrieve the self esteem and accomplishment in his coming race which he successfully did in 1960 summer Olympics at Rome where Singh’s fourth-place time of 45.73 became the Indian national record and held for almost 40 years. This was followed by many more wins including multiple Gold Medals in Asian games and Common wreath games. This almost justifies Maslow’s last but Motivational cause the Esteem Needs which reflect on self-esteem, personal worth, social recognition, and accomplishment.

  1. 5.    Self-actualizing Needs

This is the highest level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Self-actualizing people are self-aware, concerned with personal growth, less concerned with the opinions of others, and interested fulfilling their potential.

Bhaagmilkhabhaag_Maslows Hirarchy 18Though Milkha had loads of political pressure but he initially denied to participate in the Peace games organised in Pakistan but later went there. He went back to his mother land and overcame his internal pain and fear . Shreds the burden and enlightens himself for the moment and he fights that race for no one else then himself. Thats why its said he didn’t ran he flew that day and earned  a title of Flying Sikh for himself. And that states the ultimate motivation of a person can have Self Actualization.This is the highest level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. This motivated state of a person makes himself aware, indifferent with others opinion and focused on fulfilling their potential. According to Maslow once a person reaches this peak of Pyramid he can be in auto motivated mode.

Though to an extent i agree that a man cannot be bound to the theories but still the iconic Milkha singh has proved if you just keep yourself enough motivated then success

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Though the motivation behind every race he won was different followed by his dedication and devotion but still the similarities couldn’t be neglected.

The story of Milkha Singh is un doubtly inspirational. In this three hour saga, which takes us from Milkha’s childhood in then Punjab-now Pakistan, the trauma of Partition and being torn from his (Milkha’s) family, his lawless youth, his joining the Indian Army and gaining respectability. Followed by discovering the joys of running. For himself, and for the honor of his nation.

Bhaagmilkhabhaag_Maslows Hirarchy 9Working in a biopic definitely Farahan has made his name hard coded not only in hearts of Indians but also the international crowd to bring the story of Glory on the big screen with the respect it deserves .So the crowning glory of this one goes to Farhan and the director Omprakash .

~ Kriti

You may like to read ROCK ON and Farhan’s Experiments with hair styles

https://creativekriti.wordpress.com/2008/10/07/rocking-rock-on/

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