That day I was listening to a conversation between our worthy president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Azad and some students of Delhi based schools. Replying to a question by a child that what one should do to become Dr. Kalam, he said that there were four basic steps to achieve the stipulated goals. This are known as “MANTRA for SUCCESS in LIFE”. 4 success mantras for career and life are as follows:
- Set goals
- Acquire Knowledge
- Work hard
- Defeat the problems.
Let us consider these steps one by one.
1. Setting of a goal –
In the words of Epictetus, ‘First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do’. A life without a goal is like a ship without a compass. Goals once set make our work easier and channelized. Now the question arises that what should be the criteria for setting a goal. Here I would say that ‘The ripest peach is highest on the tree’ i.e. ambitions should be of sterner stuff. Goal should be such which requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Once the goal is set, you will find that suddenly you have found a guiding light, which has given your life a meaning.
2. Acquiring Knowledge –
When the goals are set, the next step is to acquire more and more related information. You should acquire knowledge from all sources e.g. school, parents, friends, books and last but not the least your environment. When the goals are set, everything you do or see, seem to lend you a helping hand towards attaining that goal. At the school level, acquiring knowledge means educating oneself because ‘Soap and Education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run’ (Mark Twain).
3. Hard Work –
‘Blessed is he who has found his work. Let him ask no other blessedness’ (Thomas Carlyle). Once the goal is set, knowledge or related guidelines are acquired, the next and the foremost step is the quantum of hard work to be put in by the achiever. Without labour, nothing can be achieved. Today’s toil will yield fruit in the times to come. Thus ‘It is better to wear out than to rust out’. By working hard we can make all our dreams come true. Here I would like to add that “To the worker, God Himself lends aid” or in a simpler form “God helps those who help themselves”. According to Shakespeare “Nothing will come out of nothing”. It means if we do not work hard, we will not achieve our goal. Those who work hard are an example to all and we don’t have to go far and wide to look for such examples. With your hard work you can change impossible into possible.
4. Defeat The Problems –
‘Fire is the test of gold, adversity of strong men’ (Seneca). With your hard work, problems can be defeated. The higher the goal, the harder the problems and the harder the toil, the sweeter the fruit, as ‘Sweet are the uses of adversity’. We should never give up but defeat the adversities/problems. In the words of Sh. Krishnamurthi ‘If we really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it , because the answer is not separate from the problem’.
Thus, Dear readers, if we go ahead with the above mentioned Ethos of Acquiring Goals, there is no possibility of losing. Remember ‘There are no gains without pains’.
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