Proverb Expansion


“The heights by great men reached and kept

Were not attained by sudden flight,

But they, while their companions slept,

Were toiling upward in the night.”—Longfellow

There can’t be any short cut to success. The toil of years, the sweat of your brow, struggle you make, everything counts in achieving the goal. Looking at the biographies of great men, we find that most of the successful persons, whatever their field, inventors, artists, scientists, technocrats, sculptors, thinkers, leaders and workers of any kind, owe their success to their indefatigable hard work and dedication. They were the men who achieved their success with dedication, devotion and true hard work. This really proves that the secret of success consists in being master of our subject. Such mastery is attainable through continuous application and study.

Those, who work diligently, not only achieve their goals and get success, but also remain happy, cheerful and active, which is itself a great reward even if the work does not bring success. Idleness or laziness is worse as it brings jealousy, gloom, frustration, depression which is more degrading than the failure itself.

Walter Scott, the famous novelist of Scotland, who started his life as an ordinary clerk, attained the great heights of eminence by dint of his sheer diligence. He used to rise at 5 o’clock and by the time his family assembled for breakfast, he had done enough, to use his own words, to break the neck of the day’s work.

Excellence is an ever approaching target. One who puts in his best in pursuit of excellence, he reaches nearer to goal. Full dedication, high degree of devotion, cuts the time to half. A glimpse of history tells us that all the successful personalities were determined and devoted fully to achieve whatever they thought or desired.

See the example of Dhirubhai Ambani who put the Reliance group in the fortune 500 companies, started merely with an investment of Rs.15000 and made it a company of Rs.60000 cores. It looks unimaginable, unbelievable, but it is a fact. The diligence of Mr. Ambani, his full dedication and devotion to do something extra ordinary, raised him to such Unimaginable heights.

Enthusiasm is the best asset of a person, and, self-determination and hard work, could achieve anything. Failure of any kind does not deter them but makes them more fierce and dedicated to achieve the goal. Failures are natural happenings. All successful men faced failures of many kinds but they worked with more enthusiasm, more determined zeal, analyzed their shortcomings and tried again and got success.

Those who consider themselves born to ill luck, very wrongly assume that all their failures and misfortunes are because of their hard luck. They don’t analyze their weaknesses, shortcomings and lack of efforts but lament for their ill fate. Fate is nothing but a creation of an idle fancy, an invention of superstitious brains. Dr Johnson, has rightly said, “All the complaints which are made of the world are unjust, I have never known a man of merit and diligence neglected; it was by his own fault that he failed of success. Several proverbs signify the importance of diligence: No sweat no Sweet, God helps those, who help themselves; The World is His, who has Patience, and Industry, Fortune favours the brave, Perseverance and dedication are the keys to Success. These proverbs are time and experience of everyday tested and still bears force of truth and accuracy.

One should not trifle away the importance of intelligence, along with diligence. Labour and hard work pays when apply intelligently and analytically. Just as diligence alone can’t help in achieving success, in the same way intelligence alone can’t help in making one successful. It is the result of both diligence and intelligentsia, which makes a man successful. Taking right decision, at right time, in a right manner means intelligence and putting hard work to achieve a goal, undaunted by the problems with positive thinking and iron means diligence.

No doubt diligence is very necessary for success but intelligent decision is again an important factor that can’t be ignored. We know so many daily wage earners toiling hard day and night to earn their livelihood, but can’t be termed as successful, but a person putting little labour and managing the things properly, earning handsomely is a successful man. Thus, not only diligence but intelligence is also necessary for success in life.