“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” Henry David Thoreau
To be successful is to know that failure is inevitable and that you need not beat it in order to be successful, but only have the courage to continue after it rears its ugly head in your path to success, as many times as it derives pleasure from doing so. To be successful is to know that failure isn’t fatal, any more than success is final- and that hoping to have one or the other, as an absolute and in perpetuity, is to drown oneself in an illusion fed by idiocy.
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Mike Gafka once said that in order to be successful, one must accept all the challenges that come on the way, and not just the ones you like. Turn over the pages of history, art and life, in its entirety, and you would find a success mantra lurking from every nook and cranny. There exists endless advice on being successful and it is almost impossible to streamline and arrive at the ones that’d work best for us. So, we made the work easier. We found out what YOU need to be successful, based on who you are. Yes, your zodiac gave us clues:
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Aries (March 21 – April 19)
You cannot do everything, all at once. So, take the time to streamline your to-do list, prioritize, plan, set reasonable deadlines and then, go about executing the same. There is a reason singular focus and dedication has earned the good rep it has. Your heart has its own uncanny way of injecting all of its passion into that which fuels its innermost desires. So, know what you want and pour your energies into it. Half-a*sed work did nobody any good.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
You are extremely hard on yourself and tend to take criticism and failure to heart. While many instances of the same may be consequences of your own errors, many others might have been circumstantial. You need to cut yourself some slack and go easy on yourself. Don’t make every failure a personal defeat- every failure comes with a lesson that draws you closer to success. Channel that lesson into driving your motivation to move forward.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
You have always been erratic in your ways and haven’t taken the time to know what you really want from life. However, beating yourself up for it isn’t going to change things into a magical land where your dreams shall finally unravel themselves and start turning true. So, give yourself some time to cut through the uncertainty and formulate practical plans to decipher your aspirations and the ways you can achieve them.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
You have a tendency to believe that your dreams are implausible and unrealistic. However, do not underestimate the power of ardent desires of the heart, Cancer. You simply need to keep moving ahead as each day brings you closer to success than you imagine.
Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)
You tend to be extremely critical of yourself, especially so when you see other people doing a much better job of the same assignment/project. You need to understand that success isn’t an outcome of grades, appraisals or the like but a reflection of the happiness the task at hand invests you with. If you can feel proud of your accomplishments at the end of each day, you are doing a good job.
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
Your success mantra tends to deflect from one vantage point to another, as you over think it. You need to slow down with the overdrive and simply, allow yourself to do what you want- so you can be happy.
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)
You think that money and fame are the absolutes you want in life. However, they aren’t going to lend the satisfaction you crave for. Only work that fuels your passion and drives you to aim for bigger and more influential achievements can provide you with that sense of meaning and purpose.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
Your past has no bearing on your present potential for success and you are going to arrive to that ‘successful’ stage in your future faster, if only you stop the past from holding you back. Your hard work and commitment are the only requisites you need to be successful.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
You need to give yourself some time away. Working 24*7 like a bot is only going to have a negative impact on your productivity. So, stop overworking yourself and give yourself a breather. Take that long-due vacation or stash off those overtime hours! You need to be by yourself, for yourself.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
For all your intellect, you aren’t going to go too far down the success path if you do not heed your heart’s innermost desires. Listen to your inner self and let it direct you to what you can be exceptionally good at- coz life isn’t quite the thing to while away on mediocrity.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
Success can only be a tangible reality if its soil has been watered by hard work, sincerity and perseverance. Of course, a sunny clime of singular focus and obstinate tenacity comes in handy too. But you have a tendency to daydream of harvesting the fruits without getting your hands soiled and that, my friend, isn’t going to reap results! So quit your la-la land and begin to strive hard to actualize your dreams.
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Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)
For you, success does not necessarily mean monetary gain, fame or professional excellence. It also means having people that are your go-to solution kiosks for anything life throws at you. You count yourself blessed to have people who stand by you, through thick and thin and that, dear Pisces, is the most successful life for you.
What is your personal mantra to be successful? Tell us in the comments below.
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