There is nothing as sweet as success. And it is the sweetest when achieved through sweat and hard labor. It has rightly been observed that nothing succeeds like success. Success is the crowning glory and a laurel of any struggle and fight full of odds risks. – It is the success which spurs man to hard work, dangers, and\to posses, and the impossible. In a sense success is also the sole earthly judge of right or wrong.
All desire success Dot only a chosen few have it. Now what is the secret of their success? What makes them a chosen few out of thousands of people struggling in vain? Why all men and women cannot be the makers of their destiny? Why does the dame fortune smile only one a handful of men and women? These are some of the crucial questions often asked and discussed. But the answers are not far to seek. They are very simple and well-known. It is the escapist or lazy who proclaims his ignorance about these and blames cruel fate or circumstances for his failures.
The first requisite to success is to be a good animal in life. Observe the ox, horse, donkey or the elephant and find how hard they work. They toil, shed sweat and never complain. Most of us fail to achieve success and happiness only because we lack this essential requisite in life. There is no substitute to labor. At first labor may not be proportionally or immediately rewarded. But ultimately it is labor and handwork which triumphs and has the last laugh. We need not be impatient to have fruits of our labor. It takes time to mature things. We should never admit defeat if initially there are failures and delay in reaping fruits. We should continue with our efforts, struggle and toil with patience and perseverance till we are crowned with success. It is the perseverance that is one of the secrets of success. Perseverance means ceaseless and continuous labor, and struggle in the face of many odds and opposition. There are many living examples of courage, determination, perseverance, hard labor and great achievements. For example, take the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi. He has been the greatest of the present century. He struggled, worked very hard, never knew what is leisure or rest. For him work was no less than a prayer and worship. For him no work was great or small. He busied himself in keeping the toilets clean while others were busy in getting the limelight on the stage. And ultimately he died in harness while going to a prayer meeting. Similarly take other examples from history. Take Napoleon, Churchill, Nehru, Newton, Lincoln or Mao Testing. They were all men of great vision, destiny, industry and perseverance. It is said not in vain that where there is will there is a way.
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To be successful one has to be clear and definite about one’s aim and object. A rolling stone gathers no moss. Unless you know your destination, you cannot set out on a journey, nor can you make necessary preparations for it. Indecision and hesitation are great obstacles on the path of success. You can be firm, decisive, and resolute and determined only when your aim and object is before you. Well begun is half done? Your work is almost half finished if you know your destination and have chosen the right road. This is very crucial for success in life. A step once taken cannot be retraced without much loss of time, energy and advantage. Decide well, with deliberation, determination and also in time. Having decided your aim, career, profession or course of life, you must pursue it relentlessly with great care and sincerity. Your ambition may be modest or very high, but it never matters much. What is important is that you cherish it with all your powers of mind and heart. Let there be no half hearted things.
Another secret of success is promptness that is doing things then and there. Procrastination is the thief of time. Time is precious, more precious than money and jewels. Time is opportunity. If once lost it never returns. All successful and great men and women have been great economizers of time. They made the best use of their time and never knew leisure. Be sincere, regular, and punctual in work. Develop healthy work-habits and work- culture. Have full devotion and faith in your work, and practice it ceaselessly because life is short. A proper use of time means proper use of an opportunity. They are fools who think they can waste time. It is time who is wasting them. Time is destiny and opportunity; it is all powerful. Has not one of the greatest poet-dramatist Shakespeare declared:
There is tide in the affairs of man.
Which taken at the floor, leads on to fortune,
Omitted, all the voyages of their life are bound in shallows and miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat.
And we must take the current when it serves or lose our venture.
Self-control, self-confidence, firm decision, honesty of purpose and in dealings, sturdy physical body able to withstand any struggle, temperance are other ingredients of success. Never find fault with your luck or tools. Man is the maker of his own destiny. He can become or achieve what he desires. There is nothing like ill luck or good luck. It is by the right choice of a career, right application of tools and resources coupled with determination that you can be successful men. Right time and right method are also important. The truly wealthy man is he who knows his strengths and weaknesses and increases the former and reduces the latter. Such a man always realizes his own energy, prudence, skills and resources. He is self- confident and so always free and independent. Self- reliance is a great and godly virtue; it is a pilgrim’s staff and worker’s best tool in life. To grow strong through self-reliance and sufferings is the mystery of success. The path of success is not only difficult and steep but also thorny.
In order to be successful, works hard but at the same time avoid overwork. There should be a proper balance between work and rest. A successful man has also the ability to learn from others, from their mistakes, experiences and achievements. He is a good observer of things. Such a person is always courteous, polite, well- behaved and believes that honesty is the best policy. He also keeps his body fit because he knows that it is the most precious tool and instrument, and also that a sound mind lives only in a sound body. Good positive thoughts, optimistic attitude, faith in God and self, generosity, compassion are other essential elements of success in life. Hope, charity, faith in God etc., are essential for mental peace and poise without which no good work can be undertaken successfully.
...The Gettysburg Address Gettysburg, Pennsylvania November 19, 1863 On June 1, 1865, Senator Charles Sumner referred to the most famous speech ever given by President Abraham Lincoln. In his eulogy on the slain president, he called the Gettysburg Address a "monumental act." He said Lincoln was mistaken that "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here." Rather, the Bostonian remarked, "The world noted at once what he said, and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech." There are five known copies of the speech in Lincoln's handwriting, each with a slightly different text, and named for the people who first received them: Nicolay, Hay, Everett, Bancroft and Bliss. Two copies apparently were written before delivering the speech, one of which probably was the reading copy. The remaining ones were produced months later for soldier benefit events. Despite widely-circulated stories to the contrary, the president did not dash off a copy aboard a train to Gettysburg. Lincoln carefully prepared his major speeches in advance; his steady, even script in every manuscript is consistent with a firm writing surface, not the notoriously bumpy Civil War-era trains. Additional versions of the speech appeared in newspapers of the era, feeding modern-day confusion about the authoritative text. Bliss Copy Ever since Lincoln wrote it in 1864, this version has been the most often reproduced, notably on the walls of the...