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No Miracles To Achieve Success!

The action of today becomes the destiny of tomorrow-Swami Chimayananda

In life, there are no miracles. When we choose our goal and work for it with all the necessary zeal, dedication and single pointedness, we undoubtedly reach the goal.

Let us make it very clear to ourselves - there are no short cuts to success. To achieve success, one cannot pursue short cuts as it is always short lived. Only short-sighted people take short cuts, but they too soon come back with cuts all over! !

A wealthy businessman was about to enroll his son in a famous University. But he was taken aback when he realized that his son has to study for four years to get his basic degree, and that with all the eight semesters packed with tests, assignments, projects and exams.

Frowning, he flipped through the catalogue containing all the course details and asked the college Principal, "Why does my son have to go through so many semesters? Can't you make the whole thing shorter? I want him to get out of it quickly!"

"Certainly, he can take a shorter course," replied the Principal politely.

"It all depends on what he wants to make of himself You see, it takes 20 - 30 years for an oak tree to grow; but a mushroom springs up overnight."

We all have heard of Dr. T M A Pai, the world famous doctor, educationist, banker and philanthropist, who has been recognized as the one who has established the most number of educational institutions in his lifetime. He is well known for building the University town of Manipal in Kamataka.

He was the first to start private self financing medical college offering MBBS in India. Kasturba medical College in Manipal and Mangalore, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences were all established by him.

Later on he went on to establish Syndicate bank. He is also responsible for the popular Pigmy Deposit Scheme.

Initially, Manipal was nothing but a barren hillock which was considered as a waste land. When Pai went there and shared his mighty vision of establishing schools and colleges within every 5 kms in South Kanara District, all labeled him as a mad crack. Disregarding all the discouraging comments from the public, Pai, after making a small hut for himself in that barren land, persevered hard to materialize his dream vision.

Today the journey he started is passing through a destination which is called the Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG). It overlooks running of three well established Universities, close to 20 Super specialty hospitals, more than 1.5 Lakh students and 50,000 employees.

T M APai was conferred the Padma Bhushan by the Govt. of India in 1972. He was awarded the degree of D.Litt by Kamataka and Andhra Universities. The Indian Govt. has also brought out a stamp commemorating Pai in 1999 for his philanthropic achievements.

There is a price tag for every achievement. Nothing comes for free.

To be continued

About the author

This article, by an anonymous writer, taken from the Vedanta Vani of Chinmaya Mission talks about how to achieve success in life. It points out that success in life does not come for free. To achieve success one will have to put in one pointed dedication and hard work.

Story first published: Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 16:24 [IST]
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