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We All Work Hard But Do We All Succeed?

It is said, “Hard work is the key to success.”

I doubt. If it were true, I don’t think the number of frustrated people would have been this huge! People keep working (hard) under undesired and compromising situations, wishing for their life to change in a good way but does it change?

Hmmm…not always! However, life sustains…somehow and in the mean time such a discord drains a lot of brains and the energy graph keeps coming down unabated.

Every day you wake up thinking about changing the circumstances around you and start the journey from nil uphill, accomplishing many insignificant goals on the way.

How far do you target to reach by the end of the day?

The other day, I read a story about a teacher who also happened to be health enthusiast. While eating a sandwich out at an eatery one day, he shouted, “What rubbish are you serving?”

He pledged to grow the more healthy and tasty version of that sandwich himself. For that he had to buy seeds and sow them in his long barren land which needed much water and deep plough. So he purchased a pair of bullocks and propagated the grains; he dug a well as well. He did all this after coming back from the school. By the end of day he would be so tired to make any food and mostly slept empty stomach. He overlooked his job as well as his health.

Later he realized that the crop needs fertilizers too. Hence, he purchased cattle only to increase the workload many fold. It took around six months for his hard work to bear fruits and he was completely exhausted by then. He thought of hiring help for harvesting and grinding of cereals. And finally, one day he sat down to relish the investment and hard work of months. As he took the first bite, he realized, “this tastes the same!”

Just to cultivate his breakfast sandwich, he compromised his teaching job and health; results were ought to be poor and ultimately, he gave up the idea of doing everything by himself.

You can’t and shouldn’t be doing everything for yourself. It’s exhausting as well as time-consuming. There are people with every set of roles. All you have to do is work hard at right place and yeah, if hungry… try to order that sandwich of yours instead of growing it….;)

So, don’t you think its time to rephrase the line

“Hard work is the key to success…but only at right place.”


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Hi I am Mann, a travel enthusiastic woman who loves to explore places along with her family. I don’t understand solo travelling; I need my people around to share the joy of discovering things. My constant travel companions are- Mr CoolHead, my husband and Snow, My only child of 6 years. Follow my blog as I take you to small adventures of my life.


  • Bikramjit

    Well what you say is true BUt coming to that Right place also needs Hard work..

    I think if we stop looking for a instant reward and work hard always it will bear fruit sometime , the problem comes when we expect the reward to come soooon


  • bklynboy59

    How do you measure success ? Is it the house the 2.5 kids the car the bank account or is it something more intangliable?
    Hard work maybe the key to success but so is preparedness and opportunity.

    • Mann Kaundal

      That’s right. success is a weird mixture of all these ingredients. ;).
      But haven’t you met people who are just lucky enough to have all of them, together at the right time!

        • Mann Kaundal

          Yes happiness is success and comes from myriad directions but again it’s a feeling and therefore, momentary. No one can be happy all the time.
          In my opinion-Success at present moment is measured by following things (and remember it is liable to change)- how healthy my family remains (including me), How much loved and appreciated I feel.Have I attained my goals or How close I am!

  • Sha'Tara

    [Quote] “Hard work is the key to success…but only at right place.” [unquote] That may be one of the “truest” statements I’ve ever read.

  • Parveen Sabharwal

    If hard work is the yard stick of success then the ka outer who breaks stone all the day for a meager amount would hv been successful. If getting rich is yard stick yo success then there are thousands of people who have accumulated wealth are suffering from cancer or their children are born handicapped

    • Mann Kaundal

      So basically the criteria for success are- Money, health and Fame. The one who has it all, has actually utilized the opportunity to work hard, well or should I say, the opportunity knocked at his door exactly at the same time when he was all set to work hard!

  • Bushka

    Mmmmm…..The measure of ‘success’ can be rather ‘tenuous’…..Depends on so many variables…not least culture, upbringing, values, perceptions etc…etc… 😉 Hugs!

    • Mann Kaundal

      That’s right if enjoy what we are doing…mental satisfaction is a sure outcome. But to live in this world it is just one thing and success have different meaning for different people.
      There are people who leave this world unsatisfied, unhappy, unsuccessful…

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