‘It’s by choice and not by chance’
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‘It’s by choice and not by chance’

Says the gorgeous Genelia D'Souza debating over luck and hard work. Read on to know what the bollywood chic has to say about the philosophy of aaj ki generation...

entertainment Updated: Oct 07, 2010 14:18 IST
Genelia D'Souza
Genelia D'Souza
Hindustan Times

“If you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.” Film-buffs will recognise this line by the legendary Marty McFly from Back to The Future. Right now, I’m putting my mind really hard to the coffee machine so that it brews me a cup by itself. Hrrrmmphh! Not happening! Seriously now, what do you guys say? Who decides what the future holds for us? Our hardwork, efforts, sacrifices or the surreal haath ke rekhayein? In the end, if there’s a fight between choice and chance, who will destiny pick? Questions galore! No wonder, I’m cribbing for coffee...

So yes, coming back to the eternal debate — that of choice versus chance, of luck versus hard work. US ex- President Harry Truman was of the opinion that, “Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” If you notice, the stronger men, people boasting of real character and courage are not followers of luck. They are not merely destined to succeed, they are determined to succeed. And this is what puts them a class apart.

Genelia D'SouzaWe, as a generation, have begun to rely a lot less on luck and chance. Luck no doubt is not a player to be ignored but nobody can be as fickle as luck. Luck is like the promiscuous lover — here today, with someone else tomorrow! Luck can point you to the door but only hard work will bring you the key. Even if we are the ‘fast food’ generation and looking for quicker results and double the opportunity, we are driven, focussed and not afraid to work the hours. As long as we are not sitting complacent, we are worthy of every bit of the success that we taste!

It is amazing to see so many young adults making their mark in the world and pushing the envelope every single day. We are no more a nation of luck obsessed romantics, we are a hungry tide of hard-working achievers with our eyes set on the goal, the bigger picture. William Shakespeare said, “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” Absolutely true that! We aren't mere star-gazers....We Are Star-Chasers!

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First Published: Oct 06, 2010 16:53 IST