On this sweet morning, I stand before you not go give you a long sermon how to achieve success overnight. The road to success is not smooth but full of thorns to traverse. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.

However, we are all motivated by a keen desire for praise and success, and the better a man is, the more he is inspired by glory and success. We all aspire for a worthy and honorable post, but only one is lucky to get it. And only the loser knows the value of success.

There is no short-cut to success. It is an old maxi that fortune favours the brave, the studious and the steadfast. Those who waver in the midway meet their doom. Idle men are dead all their life long. Leonardo Da Vinci has rightly said, “Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigours of the mind.

What, then, is the prerequisite for success? Is it sheer luck or something else? To me luck is another name for hard work, persistent toil, steadfastness, perseverance and fortitude.


Emil Dickinson says:

Luck is mot chance—

Its toil—

Fortune’s expensive smile


Is earned.

Our young men today proudly boast their own achievements, abilities, etc. with too much pride and satisfaction. But their bragging is all hollow. They say money can buy any person, product and post. Where money power fails, muscle power comes handy. It is unfortunate that such a base attitude us gaining ground these days because of widespread nepotism and dishonest practices.

My dear friends, the road to success is not smooth. Failures face us at every step. Success can be achieved by those who do not mind failures, but struggle on till the end is reached. And when our energy fails us, we should remember the Rome was not built in a day. This will infuse fresh vigor and energy into us. But we must not think that the success can be achieved with the help of Aladdin’s lamp.