Fortune Befriends The Bold

Dear Friend,

Victory is the word which fills everybody’s heart with a pleasant feeling. It denotes the worth of an exercise which one undertakes to carry out with all intellectual and physical resources at one’s command. If you want to emerge victorious, you will have to develop a lot of self-confidence and perseverance, because victory is not possible without painstaking efforts and doggedness to bear with all the failures that often precede a significant achievement. Henry Ward Beecher has rightly observed—“Victories that are easy are cheap. Those only are worth having which come as the result of hard fighting.” All the great writers, corporate leaders, inventors, political leaders and thinkers had to burn the midnight oil in order to touch
great heights. They worked day in, day out to turn their thoughts into reality. It was their spirit to accept challenges which helped them make a mark and become immortal. The sky was the only limit so far as their will to excel was concerned. They did not allow any impediment to bog them down. They stood firm in every adverse situation. They believed
in victory and victory came to them as a matter of course.

You should, therefore, treat victory as your only goal. Start your work with resolve and do not yield to odds that accompany every important assignment. If you need, think that victory is not your purpose. Make it a passion. Getting passionate about victory will keep you energised; you will never feel like giving up your efforts. Initial setbacks will come to you as lessons and you will get prepared to avoid those mistakes which did not produce any fruits. Actually, mistakes teach us the right way. That is why it has been said, “We learn little from victory, we learn a lot from defeat.” History is replete with the account of great men who defied all odds to reach their destination. They did not attach any importance
to their failures and continued their efforts with renewed zeal. In the end, all the obstructions disappeared, making way for their sure victory.

If you strive for victory, your personal interests should not meddle with your thought. Your interests will act as a roadblock to the plan you have laid out to focus all your attention to. Victory in every task is very simple, if everything is allowed to go according to the plan. For instance, if you are preparing for a competitive examination, you will have to first know about the nature of the examination, then you will try to know about the trend of questions to be asked. Knowing about the questions will give you an idea of the level of the examination and you will start looking for the ways to gather reading materials to master the subjects from which questions are asked. In other words, victory is not as difficult as it appears to everyone on the surface. If you do the right thing at the right time, victory is definitely yours. All that you need to be successful, to attain your goal is to face the challenge with courage and determination. If you are bold enough to defy every obstruction, you can certainly emerge victorious. The great English poet John Dryden has said, “Fortune befriends the bold”.

Wishing that you emerge victorious in everything you undertake,
Yours sincerely,
Surendra Kumar Sachdeva

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