Have you ever wondered why or how people like Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Cristiano Ronaldo, Shahrukh Khan, Warren Buffet became what they have become? And when you do, what comes to mind as possible reasons? Mostly we hear people saying things like Luck, Hard Work, Focus, and/or Dedication. It all makes sense but really is that all?

luckLuck:Whenever we look at successful people, we call them ‘lucky!’. But what is luck? Is it just a chance, a good fortune? If yes, then how do people get repeated successes? If we were to say that luck is important too, then we would define luck as a confluence of perseverance, prospects and preference. Opportunities present themselves every day to every person. Do they not? But only a person who recognizes them and seizes them without delay, gets to convert these opportunities to their preferred outcomes. And we very comfortably tag them ‘lucky’. However, a close look reveals that only those people who persevere to look for prospective opportunities to exploit become lucky. Hey, but this is no rocket science! Still why most of the ordinary folks are not able to do so? Why?

Hard work: “…No, No, it’s not luck, its Hard work or rather Smart work…”. This is the answer of most people who don’t believe in luck. And I am sure they are correct. No success is achieved without hard work or sweat. Even the child prodigies became world-class experts in their fields, only after working at it for a long time. Sachin Tendulkar was at his best only when he was 24-year-old, although he had started showed brilliance at a young age of 16. I am yet to find a single successful person who hasn’t done his share of hardwork. But, why is putting  hard hours so difficult?  Why do most of ordinary people give up sooner? Why?

Focus and Dedication: Maybe it is the lack of focus and dedication. Often people are not focused and they stop. Hard work without focus leads to only a sinusoidal performance curve with lots of peaks and valleys. It doesn’t yield a consistently improving performance. So focus and dedication should be the key to success. Well, we all know the importance of focus and dedication since our childhood, yet most of us find it difficult to maintain it over a long period of time? Do over achievers have a special brain or some additional nerves to keep them focused? No!  Most high achievers have similar brains as the ordinary people. Then why?

Secret Ingredient to Success: All the above mentioned things are required for success but they are not sufficient.There is one secret ingredient to the gravy that brings flavor to the complete dish and make it yummy! And that ingredient is INNER DRIVE. Every individual has at least one strong Inner Drive. And then they have many external drives. The individuals for whom the external drive syncs well with the true inner drive, achieving success becomes a reality. The unfortunate part is that most ordinary folks spend their whole life without realizing their true inner drive.

Now what is this Inner Drive? We often use words like Passion, Obsession, Mania to talk about Inner Drive. I chose to call this yearning as INNER DRIVE, to clearly differentiate it from the external drivers. For some people this inner drive is to connect with other people, for others it is money. For some it is knowledge, and for others it is relationships. While for others it is leadership, and for others it is creation. Those who understand their inner drive and live their life with a yearning to fulfill it, become super successful. You can look at any successful person and you will see a very strong inner drive which led to his success. Be it Mother Teresa to help the needy, or Mahatma Gandhi to strive for truth and fairness.

As Bruce Springsteen once said :  “When it comes to luck, you make your own.”

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