Success is the fulfillment of
your desire. It is getting what you want and achieving what you are
after. In a nutshell, success is the attainment of your cherished
goal. Therefore, to start with, you must have a well defined and
attainable goal or objective. Make up your resources like manpower,
money, material, effort, know-how, time etc., in a planned manner.
Success does not depend upon one quality or characteristic but often on a
combination of many. Talent is not restricted to your professional
competence and expertise. It includes ideas, adaptability, influencing
ability, organizing capacity and other related dynamic and leadership
qualities. There is money in ideas, sometimes very big money is small,
simple ideas. The famous dictum, "Think and grow rich" underscores
this aspect. You should be honest and render good service for fair
payment. No matter what you do, you can make a success of it, if only
you give people what they need and ant in full value and at competitive
cost. Service makes for success and good service with a smile is a
must for success and all other achievements. An essential ingredient
of success is positive thinking. It is your determination and 'will'
to succeed that matter most to crown your efforts with success.
Despite all obstacles, you can always will your way to victory.
"Sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can."
Hence, by controlling, channelising and organizing your thoughts, you decide
destiny and fashion your fate. If you think you will win, you WILL
certainly WIN. You have to think big and think high to lead and
succeed. One has to make up his mind and follow it with a resolute
determination and unwavering faith in his mission, no matter what obstacles
come in the way. Ultimate success is only of such brave hearts who
take a plunge and come out triumphant from the turbulent waters whereas the
timid-hearted stand on the shore only assessing and re-assessing their
chances of success. Such weak-minded people meet only failure in life.
Remember 'fortune always favours the brave'. So be brave and dashing,
you are sure to be crowned with success. Further to strengthen our
thoughts and gain knowledge, we must plan our reading and then read
regularly, read professionally and read widely. Reading enables us
to learn from others as their expense. It saves the wear and tear
on us of trial and error, and helps us from committing avoidable
mistakes. The time factor should always be kept in mind, which
implies that non-selective reading can make your whole schedule go
haywire and stem the process of purposeful learning. Hence, make
it a point to go for only such reading materials as would prove the most
fruitful for for achieving your cherished goals.
The First Step to Success
Courage is victory and
confidence spells success. Be bold, dare and do. It is not the
size of the dog in the fight, but it is the size of the fight in the dog
that counts. If you are not afraid, you can do anything. You
have to have the courage to stand up to defeat, spot your opportunity and
turn defeat into victory. One man with courage makes a majority.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we
fall. Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let
the glory out. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune but
great minds rise above it. Meet every adverse circumstance as its
master and do not let it mater you. Many men owe the grandeur of their
lives to their tremendous difficulties. Adversity is the prosperity if
the great. Kites rise, not whit, but against the wind. Nothing
that comes too easily is worth having. When you want success, you must
be ready to pay the price which includes braving failures and setbacks and
persisting with your efforts till te goal is won. Achieving success
demands total effort. One has to resist temptations and defy
distractions. If you want to get there badly enough, nothing can stop
you. There are no hopeless situations. There are only people who
have grown helpless about them. If you persevere, keep the pressure
and hand on long enough, you can wear down any opposition and overcome
any obstacle. It is more often the fear of failure rather than failure
itself that cripples one's creativity and inhibits the initiative. To
conquer fear is then the beginning of wisdom and the first step to success.
The reasons for failure may seem staggering if viewed collectively, but
looked at individually they will no longer be that formidable. You can
either be discouraged and defeated by failure, or you can learn from
it and use it as the stepping stone to success. It is a fallacy as
well as a folly to think that failure is the enemy of success. On the
other hand, it is a great teacher -- a harsh one, no doubt, but the best.
Don't be afraid of making mistakes or meeting failures. Often success
surfaces on the far side of failure. Failure is not fatal; it can
verily be the stepping stone for success, if you can put failure to work for
you. The ability to profit from it contributes to lasting success.
Making mistakes is not a crime, but repeating one is. Everybody fails
at some time. Extract the lesson to be learnt from failure and try
again with redoubled vigour. There is no failure save in giving up; no
real fall, so long as one still tries. Continuous effort itself
implies the power to rise. Seeming setbacks make the strong still
wiser and spur them on to greater efforts. There is no defeat in truth
save from within; unless we are beaten there, we are bound to win. To
dare is great, but to bear is greater. Bravery we share with brutes,
fortitude with saints. If you have never failed, it is an easy guess
that you have never known a high success. The hardest man in the world
to beat is the man who laughs in the face of defeat.
Life is what you make it
Sooner or later the man who wins is
the man who thinks he can. Believe you can, and act on that belief
and certainly you will succeed. You cannot but win, so long as
your faith remains unshaken and your will unbroken. Anything
accomplished by any other human being can most certainly be accomplished
by us as well. In fact, if we try harder, we can accomplish a lot
more. Everything we find some record or the other being shattered
and a new one established. Each year sees new progress made in
almost every field. The success story of every great one proclaims
that whatever one's chosen field of activity, if he or she works hard,
works with faith, works with concentration and determination he or she
will positively reach the top and crown himself with sure success.
Firm must be your will, patient your heart and passionate your
aspiration to attain the fulfillment of your great goal. All the
performances of great human art, unbelievable discoveries and
miraculous feats of scientific achievements, which we regard as wonders
are nothing but perseverance in disguise.
How a man does what he does determine whether he will get out of
it maximum results with minimum input. Thus, the how of work
constitutes its technique or know-how. In other words, technique
or know-how refers to getting superior results out of using the same
amount of resources and effort, more skillfully. The best way
to rise above the crowd is to do the ordinary thing in an extraordinary
way. Doing the ordinary can become an
extraordinary experience producing extraordinary results, if we do the
ordinary thing with extraordinary enthusiasm or if we introduce
into the ordinary some new technique or skill. The emerge as the
champion one has to put all he has into every punch.
Anyone can learn from experience, the costly and time-consuming process
of trial and error. But the better way is to learn and benefit
from the experience of others who have travelled our way before us.
Their experience is gold for the taking. To profit by the
experience of others, introducing possible improvements and innovations
is the mark of a thinking man. What we call luck is
simply pluck and perseverance . It is doing things over and over
again with courage, faith and will power. We get out of life
just what we put into it. No one gets anything worthwhile by
accident. Our hidden desires motivate and drive us to work towards
the fulfillment of our goals consciously. Biographies of great
people proclaim that life is what we make it .
is a long battle
Life is a long battle and this battle is won only by them who have got
courage and conviction. If you have decided to achieve a goal in life,
face every challenge or obstacle in a positive way and do not allow
yourself to be carried away by it. Nor should you try to keep away from
it. By defying it and doing away with it, you move a step forward
towards your goal and get a feeling that you can certainly achieve it.
It is not that you will succeed in all your efforts. But you have to
carry on your endeavours with conviction and without getting
In the Gita, Lord Krishna
“KarmaNyeEvAdhikAraste mA phaleshu kadAchana |
karmaphalahEturbhUrmA thE saNgOtsavakarmaNi||”
Thou have a right to action, but only to action, never to its fruits;
let not the fruits of thy work be thy motive, neither let there be in
three any attachment to inactivity).
The great saint philosopher
Swami Vivekananda has tried to explain this message of the Gita in very
clear and simple words. He says that you can do your work without
getting attached to it, if you know a simple truth. He gives the
analogy of thorns. To take out a thorn which torments you, you use
another thorn and when the thorn is taken out you throw both the thorns.
You never preserve the second one. He tells us to treat our work in
the same manner. To accomplish you work, you use every good and honest
means possible. But you should never get attached to your work, because
in such a case the work will become more important than its execution.
Nor the fruits of action should be your motive, because it is not up to
you to foresee the fruits. In the greatest battle ever fought –
“Mahabharat” – there is an episode “Jayadratha Vadh”. Enraged by the
unlawful assassination of his son Abhimanyu by King Jayadratha, the
greatest archer, Arjuna, takes a vow that if he fails to kill King
Jayadratha before Sunset, he will immolate himself. Lord Krishna tells
him that it does not behave a great warrior like him to pronounce such
words, because he is supposed to fight the battle in a detached manner.
As Arjuna has taken a vow, now his attention is bound to get
distracted. King Jayadratha’s assassination has now become secondary
and Sunset became a priority. Arjuna realizes his mistake, but it is
too late now. He has taken a vow and he has to abide by it. This
episode gives us a clear message that all that one is supposed to do is
action without getting attached to it. While telling us about the
essence of the Gita, Swami Vivekananda tells us that we should not do a
slave’s work, because a slave does a work under compulsion. He tells us
to be the master of our action and suggests to us that we should do our
work like a father. The father brings his offspring up and enjoys it.
While rearing a child, a father never wants anything in return. He does
his work with great detachment.