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Success mantra

india Updated: Jun 13, 2010 23:48 IST
George J Kalathil
George J Kalathil
Hindustan Times
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The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work — Oprah Winfrey.

All successful people attribute their success to hard work. Take, for example, former Indian President Abdul Kalam or Dr Shah Faisal, the topper of this year’s civil services exam. You will find such innumerable success stories everyday. It was hard work that paid them. To them, work was worship. Dr Shah, who lost his father many years ago, had to face a lot of problems, to achieve this feat. President Kalam used to distribute newspapers to earn some income to meet his ends.

Most people do what’s the easiest. The superficial opportunities of life are attacked by hordes of people, seeking what’s easy. The much tougher challenges generally see a lot less competition and a lot more opportunity.

Digging a gold mine costs tens of millions of dollars, but the reward it gives is in multiples. The challenge is hard, but it pays off.

When you discipline yourself to do what is hard, you gain access to a realm of results that are denied to others. The willingness to do what is difficult is like having a key to a special private treasure room.

The nice thing about hard work is that it’s universal. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in — hard work can give positive long-term results.

According to Winston Churchill, hard work is the passport to success. There is no substitute for this. American poet Longfellow points out that all great men were “toiling upwards in the night” while their companions slept!