Author J.K. Rowling, of Harry Potter fame, wrote a book ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ under the pen-name ‘Robert Galbraith’, in April, 2013. Many publishers rejected the novel. However, when the secret was revealed a little while later, the book’s sales skyrocketed.
It’s your life, and it is up to you to decide what you want in life. For someone, success might mean material pleasures, for someone else it might mean having a peaceful and happy life, for someone it might mean having fulfilling relationships, and for some it might be achieving name and fame. However, there is no easy way or shortcut to achieve success in anything that we want.
The following are a few instances of people who have achieves huge success in their respective fields, and this is their take on success.
“If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.”
― Mark Zuckerberg
He believes that being passionate about work will make your work not sound like work, and instead make it easier. A movie was based on his story, titled ‘The Social Network’. For more secrets about his success, read ‘The Boy Billionaire: Mark Zuckerberg in His Own Words’.
“The best advice I could give anyone is to spend your time working on whatever you are passionate about in life.”
― Richard Branson
His quote indicates how simple his advice is: just follow your heart’s real passion, the rest will follow. If you want to know further about how he built his empire, refer to his book ‘Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School’.
“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”
― Oprah Winfrey
What can we learn from her success? Your background does not matter if you want success in life. It is imperative that you concentrate on the available resources, and make the most of it. And of course, according to Oprah, your small wins are little steps to winning in the long run.
His book ‘Delivering Happiness’, released in 2010, was an instant hit, where he describes his journey from working at a worm farm to the corporate life and his achievements.
“Have fun. The game is a lot more enjoyable when you’re trying to do more than just make money.”
― Tony Hsieh
His mantra for success is to enjoy your work, and not look at it as a task. If you merely look at it for making money, you’ll never enjoy it. It is very important that you understand that, to grow, you cannot merely run after figures.
“Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals.”
― Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams
Deepak Chopra has redefined the meaning of success, not limiting it to our achievements, but also focusing on happiness and well-being.
“To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.”
― Bill Gates
To emerge as a winner, sometimes you should be willing to take risks. If you have unwavering faith, take the first step, do not be afraid of failures, and venture in something new. Do not be afraid to do something new and different. That’s what he advises
“Failure is not the opposite of success; its part of success.”
― Ariana Huffington
Her mantra for success is to follow a dream that you want, and strive for your dream fearlessly, regardless of what people think of you. People will tel you that what you’re planning to achieve is not surmountable. However, it is up to you to decide whether you want to follow your passion, or simply suppress your thoughts and dreams, believing what others say.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston Churchill
This mantra should be followed by all those people who get easily bogged down by failures. Failure is not as bad as it seems, and success also has its own shelf-life. Instead of basking in the glory of your success, it is better to start with the new task, and gear up to achieve something new. Whatever the case may be, it is your courage to complete a task that matters the most.
“Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
― Steve Jobs
The richest people did not concentrate on making money. They simply followed what they wanted to do. It is true that money helps in lot of things, however, concentrate on your work, and money will follow. And yes, even after achieving success, do not be afraid of failures; it actually gives you the chance to do something innovative, and venture into something new.
“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
― J.K. Rowling
According to her, it is important that we embrace failures, and keep trying relentlessly for that single shot at success. Rowling got fame and attention much later in life, after being rejected so many times. Really, at least I owe some special moments of my childhood to her. Today, she juggles with writing, and also plays the role of a doting wife and mother to three children. She is an real inspiration to all writers out there.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
― Henry Ford
In short, his quote suggests the importance of having faith in yourself and your dreams. If you do not trust yourself, it is never going to happen. On the other hand, if you’ve a strong will to make something happen, it is going to happen.
“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.”
― Walt Disney
His success mantra is plain and simple. If you can dream about something, you can certainly do it. Just start taking steps towards your goal, and even a small idea can create big ripples.
“People throw stones at you and you convert them into milestones.”
― Sachin Tendulkar
His quote proves that, it is important to keep the hard work consistent, and also be ready to be subjected to ridicule and negative comments. It is up to you what to do with those stones which people throw at you. In other words, use criticism constructively.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
― Thomas A. Edison
His quote explains why it is important not to be disheartened by failures, and to never ever give up. To invent or do something new, you have to go through multiple failures. However, you never know if you give up, when you might just nail it, hence, it is important to keep trying.
“The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.”
― Mark Twain
Personally, I feel this is the best advice to anyone if you really want to achieve success. If you really, really enjoy work, nothing can stop you from achieving what you want. There is no point joining a vocation that does not interest you. Instead, make your passion and love your work, and success will surely follow.