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Kapil Arambam shares with you the three mantra to triumph in life

hat do you think you need to succeed in Norman Vincent Peale and Daniel Goleman are some of the
life? Hard work? Intellect or ability? Luck? popular names that you can refer to for your literature. But how
Perhaps we need all of these to make a name you do this is quite subjective; and unexpectedly, several self-help
for ourselves in the family and society at large — and most books are taking the flak for their tedium and sheer volumes in
significantly, to discover the essence of our life and existence. the market. The bottom line is: you have to chart your own way to
This piece will examine these three factors as the means to progress.
success as opposed to sifting it through as the end to speculate And now is the time for the next big thing. Luck. It depends on
on its substance. Precisely, there will be no utterance on Bill how you see it:
Gates or Anil Ambani but how the path to success is seen, by
virtue of the three factors, from a personal experience. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets
There are several adjectives to describe a hard-working opportunity.” - Seneca
person, albeit their nuances make a difference. A peep into any “I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work,
workplace gives us terse, and often witty perspectives on how the more I have of it.” - Thomas Jefferson
this quality is valuable or unproductive. Some would pray for “Luck is what you have left over after you give 100
stronger backs than for lighter burdens, but again, “If hard percent.” - Langston Coleman
work were really a virtue,” according to others, “then asses “Luck is the idol of the idle.” - a proverb
would be saints.” From these opposing views arise the varying
shades, which dictate whether your effort will reward you or Grossly unscientific or blessed with good luck, it is quite open
makes you swear secretly to your boss and openly to your to question as 'luck' goes under the scanner of philosophy — which
family members plus friends for your wasted efforts. divides it according to a proscriptive sense and a descriptive sense.
So it's a bit of a tincture of working hard and 'using' the But how do you differentiate yourself from Narayan Murthy's son
mind, literally, in your daily life. And this is where intellect or Lakshmi Mittal's daughter? Of course, you can sympathise with
or ability — two words that are used interchangeably to the above quotes if you feel dispirited and likewise see yourself
mean intelligence — comes into play. The blend of these when you combine it with the two factors we have noted earlier.
factors has developed a term 'smart work' for your career No doubt, you will be living the life of a star — that's a law of the
instead of hard work. Self-help books are abundant, and so nature — even if you were not born under a lucky star.
are the management gurus offering you ways from how you So, it's fusion. So elementary, Mr Watson. But you have to act
can concentrate in your studies to improve your emotional now. ∆
intelligence. How do you do it? Jack Canfield, Dale Carnegie,

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