What is Success and How to find it?

January 16, 2021

Success is key for which everyone strives. Every human being is striving in the world to get success. If we ask a student, he doesn’t want to remain in the same class for ten years rather move to a higher class and achieve success. Then we should really know what the definition of success is and how to find it!

Can we say success is money? Can a millionaire be called a successful man? We may not even remember who the richest man is in 2020 or 2019. We might guess a few names like Bill Gates or Donald Trump or the Tata family. However, it is not important to us who is the richest man in the world as it won’t help us in any way. He may be forgotten by the world after he dies. Many Billionaires have lost their wealth suddenly and were even put to jail and they had to eat the same prison food. Where is their prestige? Then money is not success.

What about Authority? Does a person who has authority over a nation be considered as a successful man? Is being the Prime Minister of India a success? If we are asked to write the names of the Prime Ministers of India to date, we might hardly write 5-8 names instantly and later we may need to think or search in the website to find out. For India we have very few as Narendra Modi is the 15th Prime Minister of India whereas, in the US, it has reached up to 48th President. Hence Authority is not success.

Can we consider Power is success? A person having power or physical strength is success. Mohammad Ali, a famous boxer in the 1960s in the US. Many were imitating him and every poster of Mohammad Ali had a quote below that said, 'I will conquer the world by POWER'. However, one of the newspapers in 2000 in the US read that he was invited to present a ceremony where he was an embassy, but he was unable to climb the stage and was helped by others as he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. So where is the power which he had earlier? Thus Power is not success.

We all know our grandfather’s name. Grandfather’s father’s name too might be known to us. But hardly anyone would remember grandfather’s name. That may not be necessary for us. Here is a thing I would like to highlight that what we have done for ourselves is not remembered by the world and what we do for others cannot be forgotten by the world.

We all know Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Mahaveera, Jesus Christ, Mother Teresa, Vivekananda, Basavanna, Shankaracharya and Mohammad Pigambar. Why does the world remember them? They are not our relatives. They lived a very long back. Basavanna lived in the 12th decade. Shankaracharya lived in the 8th decade. Jesus was before 2000 years. Buddha lived in BCs. The world still remembers them because of their contribution to others and to society, not for themselves.

Here I remember a short story. Once a poor boy was standing on the street and watching a beautiful car. Suddenly the owner of the car came and observed the poor boy watching his car. The owner asked the boy “Did you like the car” and the boy responded "Yes". The owner said that this car was presented to him by his brother and suddenly this poor boy was about to say something to the owner, but the owner interrupted and spoke predicting what the boy was about to say- that he wished he too had such a brother to present such car. The poor boy replied "No". He did not think like that. Rather, he wanted to be like his brother, so that one day he too could present something to his brother. What a moral in this story! Before expecting something from others let us put up something for our brethren.

Thus we find the real meaning of success is giving to others in society, that leads to our nation, and thus to the entire world. From dust, we have come and to be remembered by the world before we go to dust. It may not be in terms of big. As Mother Theresa said - 'We need not do big things, rather small things with big hearts'.

Thus to wind up, let us face the challenges in life. As we have moved in the year 2021, be in a hope towards success, complying the said points, thus to build a good family, society and good nation. God Bless us all.




By Roshan D’Souza
Roshan D'Souza from Mangaluru, works in UAE as a clerk. His interests are reading and writing.
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Comment on this article

  • Dr Urban D'Souza, Udyavar/Malaysia

    Wed, Jan 20 2021

    Hi Roshan
    Nice article. All the best to you. God bless

  • Gilbert Menezes, Moodubelle / Melbourne

    Wed, Jan 20 2021

    Good article Roshan!
    For me, success is to live a joyful life in all circumstances!
    To live a joyful life we need to understand our talents and role in this world in all circumstances and then carrying out all that is required from us by the will of God!
    We can truly be successful by practicing love, peace, gratitude, sharing, and caring for all around us by living in communion with people around us and in union with God!
    The success of money and wealth is always temporary and gives only momentary happiness!

  • John, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 19 2021

    Success in the eyes of the Spirit...

    God The Father on greatest victory in in anyone's life in a message to Maureen dated January 18, 2021


    Once again, I (Maureen) see a Great Flame that I have come to know as the Heart of God the Father. He says: "I have returned today to speak to you about victory and defeat. The greatest victory in anyone's life is his own salvation. The greatest defeat is the loss of his soul. Therefore, both of these - victory and defeat are in the soul's grasp in any given moment, but especially at the moment of death."

    "The victory at hand is always to remain under the leadership of the Holy Spirit - the Spirit of Truth. This is what Satan tries to take away from you. Do not depend on government leaders to lead you according to the Holy Spirit. Governments too often are led by political ambition and not the Spirit of Truth. The Truth is: living in Holy Love leads to your salvation. Your defeat is living according to a life of sin."


  • Dr Kusuma Kumari Gunji, Kodyadka

    Tue, Jan 19 2021

    Success is what you define In my view success is when you marry a man of your choice and lead a happy family life

  • Vincent D'sa, Dubai/Shankerpura/Pangala parish

    Tue, Jan 19 2021

    Success is what you do to end the stalemate. The initiative is a success. Anything built on initiating action and hard work is a success that includes money also.

  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Mon, Jan 18 2021

    Good going dear Roshan. It all depends on individuals. Everyone have to play their part in acheiving their goal in Life. If they make good of the talents given by the Lord
    a good success is assured ! Just move on and thank Him for the Gift !!

  • Roshan Dsouza, UAE

    Mon, Jan 18 2021

    Thanks dear John Bhai and Antony for the comments which inspires me more to write more articles.

    My next article in progress.

  • Antony D'Cunha, Permude, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 16 2021

    Well written article.

  • John, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 16 2021

    Very true. Eternal success is not about amassing wealth or possessions. Also,

    Jesus on you have a mission to help people with your time, your talent, and your treasure in a message to John Leary dated Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

    Jesus said: “My people, I told My apostles that it is more difficult for rich people to come into heaven because their wealth distracts them from Me. The rich not only lavish themselves with many possessions, but they enjoy controlling people with their power and influence. Some rich people are controlling the politics of various countries. When these rich people think they are like gods, then I will take their wealth away, and My justice will rule over them. You are not here on earth just to amass wealth from the stock market, but you have a mission to help people with your time, your talent, and your treasure. You are not misers or controllers of people’s lives, but there is more to life than money and possessions. Money and the desire for money can be the root of all evil. It is better to trust in My power than your own means, because I can do the impossible to help people. Call on Me in prayer, and trust that I can provide for your needs.”

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