Illustration by Aamnah Arshad
Illustration by Aamnah Arshad

Success is the goal attained after adversity and tenacity. It entails a commitment to moving forward in a predetermined manner to achieve your dreams and goals. It doesn’t come instantly. Since success is more than just the final destination, you should also enjoy the preparation stage of your road to success.

Success is not arrived at in a single day. Success is entirely dependent on your daily decisions, activities and experiences, regardless of how significant or small they are. Being true to who you are and how you decide to react to any situation that arises, are the keys to achieving success.

Happiness and fulfilment are the true indicators of success. You must follow your passion and your heart. Follow your objectives and desires, instead of following someone else’s. You should act by according to your personality and capabilities to succeed in the practical life.

Some of you might continue our education, some might work in a business and some might work for our family. Each choice has its opportunities and difficulties. You must not think about the implications, rather simply focus on your actions. If you initially fail, don’t give up, keep trying. Remember, mistakes teach you important lessons and aid in making the right decisions.

In our early years, we were exposed to a variety of tales, including the story of the ant who tried to climb the mountain and how the slow and steady wins the race, among others. The unifying lesson in all of these tales is that you should keep trying until you succeed and even if you go slowly, but steadily, you will eventually succeed. Take risks in life because success comes to those who dare to face their concerns and take calculated risks.

Life is not always easy. A student’s path to success begins with the learning process. Hard times are the source of strength for all great legends who had a difficult life. Numerous noble souls who endured unbearable suffering during their lives are documented in history. In the end, despite facing challenges, hardships and sorrows, these hardworking people not only improved their own lives, but also brought about a revolutionary changes in the world.

Many people assess their success by comparing it with that of others. They view it as a failure if they own a small car, while others own a larger one. People frequently forget that every person in the world is born with specific abilities and limits, therefore, their life and achievements will also be different compared to the people around them. Comparing oneself to others will only lead to dissatisfaction, it is better to look at your past and present, make goals for the future, and disregard what others have accomplished.

Your faith and patience are your two most important resources for achieving true success. Everyone aspires to be successful, but only a selected few can experience it. Success is challenging, but not impossible, only determined souls with strong desires work to achieve it, so be among the determined ones.

Published in Dawn, Young World, May 4th, 2024

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