What is the secret of success?
Is it luck or fate?
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. – Seneca.
Luck, the most believed and followed word of a language. Perhaps it’s the most liberal one. No matter what the color, the age, the cast, or the religion is, people follow it the same way as “The Treasure House of Success and The Creator of Opportunities”. I believed it. I did. I wait for this treasure house to show up with faith and hope. I wait for this creator to bring up opportunities to flourish and fantasize my life with success, glory, and luxury.
The wait continued but nothing appeared, neither the treasure house nor opportunities, not even a chance to say that, “yes, now you can make progress because you have the creator with you, LUCK the gift of progress”.
But yet I waited because the belief was much stronger. I waited and envied the success of
others by saying, ‘’ such gifted luck they have, I wish I had the same”. The belief changed its direction when nothing happened, from LUCK to UNLUCKY. That’s when another word
appeared, FATE. That is my fate, I believed. That’s what God declared for me when I was born. If God doesn’t want this for me, if God doesn’t want me to progress in life then “who am I’’ to question it. That is my fate and I must accept it no matter how much miserable I will be, I must accept it as the division of God.
It’s the story of everyone who believes in the gifts and declaration of God entitled to them at birth. Half-life in beliefs and thoughts of luck, and half-life in the disloyal act of the so-called treasure house, as unlucky. We don’t question anything that happens in our lives. We don’t question ourselves. We don’t question our failures. We just accept everything sometimes as the word unlucky and sometimes as fate.
What if we are wrong?… What if we are responsible for each and everything that happens
in our lives?… What if we fail not because of fate or absence of luck but because of our
Experimental psychologist Richard Wiseman spent a decade studying “the luck factor”,
examining what role luck had in people’s lives and its relationship to feelings of fortune. He
argues that luck is a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. The prophecy is self-created. Its essence is
“I find that the harder I work; the more luck I seem to have.” — Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Edison, the great inventor who invented the incandescent electric light bulb, failed
10,000 times before perfecting the invention. Not a single failure, not twice, not 10 times, but 10,000 times. Why did he keep trying?… Why he didn’t stop after his first, second, or third failure?…
He should have called it his fate. He should have called himself an unlucky person after the
consecutive failures and should have stopped his struggle. But he didn’t. He knew the secret of success. He didn’t call it God’s declaration of division. He knew that his mistakes will lead him towards success. He knew that his passion and struggle will bring him a fortune. He knew that his fate is in his hands. He knew that he is the creator of his LUCK. He willingly tried with one after another failure and at last, proved that ‘’one who tries with definiteness and passion can achieve the hidden’’.
History is full of such epitomes which show the reality of belief and hard work. This leads to the clarity of purpose, passion, and persistence towards the goal, and shows the connection of failures with success. Which elucidates that there is no success without failure. There is no treasure-house or fate to define success, but hard work, passion, and reason to do something define success.
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” —
Winston S. Churchill
You are the secret of success.
You are who you think you are and who you think you will be. You are the creator of your luck and the builder of your fate. God has gifted you the ability to think, ’your mind’, the most powerful tool to act through. Use it because it won’t work if you don’t try to open it. Don’t hand over your life to luck or fate. That won’t bring you anything. Take it in your hands because it’s your life.
Your book of life is empty because you didn’t pick the pen to write in it, instead you let it blindly in the futile hands of the so-called fate or luck. Pick the pen and start writing your destiny. Your success is in your hands. The secret of success is not luck or fate, the secret of success is in your hands and actions and thoughts. I am ending this with the famous words of the great Chinese philosopher, but I believe, as I changed, so can you.
“Watch your thoughts, they become your words;
watch your words, they become your actions;
watch your actions, they become your habits;
watch your habits, they become your character;
watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”
― Lao Tzu