Nothing is ever achieved without had work, perseverance, commitment and enthusiasm. Remember that what appears to be an overnight success takes so many long years. We strive for success, an undefined term, but it means a long journey of life with the stoppage achievements. Self-confidence helps us to take big strides.

In school we had learnt a small poem by heart:

Row, row, row your boat,

 Gently down the steam.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

Life is hut a dream.    

But we understand the moral of this poem only when we step in this competitive world. We have to row the boat of our life gently in the right direction to cross the stream of struggles and reach the final destination to achieve the desired goals. We have to overcome all the ups and downs of life to emerge a winner. In kindergarten we are taught the ABC of English language. As we grow up we experience ABC “of success, henceforth, of life, Ability, Boldness and Courage are the ABC of success. These are the cores qualities required to be an achiever. Any successful person on this earth will emphatically have these qualities in him/her.

Life is very strange. Most of the people take life as it comes to them. It is difficult for such people to rise above the crowd. Life is like a game. Play the game with sportsmanship not only on the ground but in life too. One of the aims of man in his life is to know what he is able to do i.e., his ability. Ability is a human quality of being able to perform. Nobody is perfect in all the activities. But one can try to be perfect in an activity he/ she is interested in. We cannot expect our Honorable President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to be the best performer in sports but he is the best in research activities. All other qualities like perseverance; focused mindset and sincerity come in the scenario if one is having ability for accomplishment of some kind of work in a better manner than others. If one has some ability in oneself there one should explore it and show it to the world, instead of hiding it. One should be enthusiastic about one’s ability and spread the infectious enthusiasm in all the directions of life. Life is full of opportunities and in case one wants to catch a big fish then one should create such a platform that will prove one as an emerging leader in the chosen field.

An Italian by origin, and not very comfortable with the Hindi language, Ms. Sonia Gandhi led the Congress Party to victory in the general elections in May2004 against BJP and set a precedence in Indian politics by refusing the post of Prime Minister, in the greater interests of the party. With her ‘never-say-die’ spirit, she has been named in the list of bold and powerful women of the world. Like her, we have to be bold enough to take tough decisions in our life when needed. Dhirubhai Ambani would not have developed the Reliance Empire if he had not taken tough and right decisions in business. Boldness comes from within when we have confidence in our ability to accomplish a goal, when we are honest to our soul and when we are ready to take challenges in our stride. We should doubt our doubts and not our beliefs. Having confidence in oneself is the most important ingredient to achieve success.

There are two types of winners in this world. First type of winners do ordinary things in extraordinary manner and second type of winners do what losers do not do. Winners seek opportunities even during adversities whereas a normal man spends time finding solutions to problems. These winners have developed practicality of mind to interpret problems faced by them.

John Wright was a good coach of the Indian cricket team. After him, Greg Chappell was selected as the coach of the team. He experimented in various ways with the Indian team, which led to grand success. He found hidden talent in Indian players and invented ways to explore them. He is now being called a successful coach as he is displaying courage to divert from the set pattern. Nothing is permanent except change. Courage is not as infectious as enthusiasm but it needs some driving force to spread it. Rahul Dravid became the captain of Team India for which he is rightly described as “the Wall”, Mr. Dependable”, etc. because of his temperament of maintaining his cool in adverse conditions. He has always been encouraging his teammates to perform well. He has the ability himself and he constantly supports and encourages his colleagues to improve further. Collecting pearls from the sea is not an easy task. These do not float on water surface. Standing at the beach and desiring for the pearls is of no use. To obtain them, we have to dive into deep sea putting our life in danger. To take a step in a different direction than others, in right manner, at right time and at right place, is the first step towards success. Risk and success always go parallel. It is a simple theory of Economics that ‘no risk, no gain and higher the risk, higher the gain’. Again courage is a quality which can be developed by having thorough knowledge of subject understanding the problem properly, thinking laterally and believing in ourselves.

Success is sweet and its main ingredients are ability, boldness and courage. But as the presence of salt or sugar makes the food tasty, similarly, besides the above specified qualities, enthusiasm, perseverance, commitment hard work, dynamism and faith in God make sweet success even tastier. If the main ingredients were there, then others would definitely follow. Keep learning and one will never cease to grow. Once one experiences success, one will get addicted to it.

Life is a game. Instead of worrying about results, better concentrate on the game. Once you win, credit will definitely be given to you. Indira Gandhi once said, “There are two types of people in world, one who work and one who take credits. Try to be in the first category as there is less competition there.” Similar is the moral of Shri. Bhagavad Gita. Once you sow the seeds of hard work, you will, by all odds, reap benefits of I those beans. While considering all these facts we should not forget the realities of life. It is a bitter truth that everyone is not able to accomplish one’s goals even after a lot of hard work and dedication. But our mind should always be oriented towards our goals with high targets. If we dream of the sky we would at least land on the stars.

When the ABC of success is found as qualities in any person, bright fortune is nearby, waiting for grand achievement. Achieving these qualities will herald new beginning in one’s life towards the path of glory. It will bring feeling of pride to one’s colleagues, relatives and ultimately one’s country.

So, from now onwards, let us try to make continuous efforts achieve our goal without looking back. Better late than never. Let us be brave and face every hurdle, obstacle and hardship in our path of journey. Let the search for talent end at us, appreciation start from us and our imagination of being successful meets the reality.