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Success: What Exactly Is It?

Success, to me, is all about conventional accomplishments in every sense of the word. It means living comfortably in my house built on top of one of the 47 beautiful hills I own, driving one of the 47 Lamborghinis in my Lamborghini account with 47 billion dollars to my name. If you got the drift, you are leading dank lives. Now this is a life most people can only dream of unless you are one of the budding geniuses like Bill Gates or Warren Buffett.

On a serious note, retiring early and leading a tranquil life devoid of any financial help from others is pretty much what I describe as success.

No matter what your definition of success is, you do need to have that one inspirational thought you can rely on if you ever hit the rock bottom. For me, that one quote would be: “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.”— James Cameron. Remember that my actual goal in life is frugal in comparison to what many people dream of, yet I like to set my bars impossibly high. This strategy has helped many so far. Failing to achieve that dream only means that I’m somehow well off.

Of course, mere blabber and a nice quote engraved on your desk is not enough to reach anywhere. Everybody needs to work towards their goals, plowing forward come what may. As Winston Churchill famously remarked, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Small-term goals that are thoughtfully broken into steps will help build your dreams and is one of the most efficient ways to move ahead.
For current college-goers, one of the more obvious short-term goals is getting a perfect ten in their semesters. For some, this goal isn’t that difficult but it was very tough for me. Needless to say, I failed in achieving it though it undoubtedly helped me maintain a decent grade. For the current batch of twelfth graders, the goal might be to top entrance exams like JEE, NEET or any other test at the national level. A huge number of students have that ambition, but only some land up fulfilling it.

I don’t yet have a full-time job, so I’ll not pretend that I know everything about handling your professional life. But I truly believe in one thing – “If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, you will eventually be paid to do more than you do.” The willingness to do more directly correlates to setting implausible short-term goals, working hard and going beyond what average people do. You will soon be rewarded for putting in a bit of extra effort and emerge victorious.

The only drawback of my personal motto to success, as I see it, is that we are at a higher risk of a burnout than people with a laid-back lifestyle. But to me, a leisurely future is worth every drop of sweat.

Nothing tastes as sweet as success; however, it is important to have the right habits and attitude to achieve it. Here are some lessons you must learn for being successful in your life.

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