SUCCESS is a simple seven letter word that can stir up a multitude of emotions in most people. From the neighborhood shopkeeper to the office going professional, success in life is something that everyone yearns for but not all achieve. Sure, people live up to certain goals in their lives but do most people actually realize success to its full potential? Unfortunately, the answer is no. So is there a certain secret ingredient that helps you to reach the ranks of the high flying achievers? Or is it all down to luck? Though many people like to blame it on luck, for them I would like to quote the famous phrase of Thomas Jefferson –“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
Of course there is no cut and dried recipe for success in life. It is a personal quest for each individual and only deep introspection can give each person their own ideas. After all success in life is subjective and there is no universal definition for it. Having said that, here are a few steps to keep in mind.
1. Figure out what Success means to you – For some success is about owning big cars and jet setting across continents. For others it is a successful career in a creative field. For someone else it could be about helping out society and reaching out to the poor. Whatever it is, the first step is to have a clear idea about your goals. Identify exactly what will make you happy and keep you satisfied.
2. Hard Work and Action – A famous formula used by many high achievers the world over is D + S + A = Success. The D here stands for Desire. Not only must you know what you want but you must also desire it with a deep longing. The desire to achieve must be very strong. Only this will help you to keep going in tough times. The S is for Study. Each individual must put in a lot of study into their particular field to gain thorough knowledge. Learn from the lives of others and emulate past successes in every way possible. A stands for Action. All the desire and study in the world is of no use if you are not willing to put it into action. Be bold, take risks and put your goals into action. Every day you must make sure you put in something into achieving your dreams.
3. Enjoy Life – We have only one life on this earth and it important to relish it with friends and family. Sometimes in our quest for our goals we get so caught up, that we do not appreciate the little mysteries and surprises of life. It is also important to keep this in mind as many times it will seem that all our hard work and action just seems futile. At these junctures, it is important to sit back, relax and appreciate the beauty that is life.
Though this is by no means a perfect set of instructions, we hope incorporating these ideas into your life will help you in every way possible way. Wishing you all the best for a successful and happy life!