The Power of Hard Work

Dr. Buddhi Malla

Legendary footballer Pele once said, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” His words underscore the essence of hard work, emphasizing its pivotal role in achieving success. Pele’s wisdom serves as a timeless reminder that dedication, continuous learning, and a genuine passion for one’s pursuits are the driving forces behind meaningful accomplishments. In a short mantra, he encapsulates the recipe for success, echoing the sentiment that true greatness is forged through the crucible of unwavering effort and genuine passion.

In the intricate tapestry of life, the thread of hard work weaves its significance, connecting every particle of nature. From the diligent ant to the majestic sun, every entity obeys to the rules that govern its existence. Man, too, finds completion through hard work, capable of overcoming any challenge that life throws his way. Just as the sun overcomes the darkness of night to illuminate the world, we too can overcome obstacles and achieve our goals through determination and perseverance. Hard work becomes the vehicle propelling human life forward, an indispensable force for progress and development.

While some may place their bets on luck, relying solely on its unpredictable twists, it is vital to recognize that a life dependent on luck often succumbs to the curse of laziness. Instead of thinking that success or failure is just luck, it’s by working hard that people can control their destiny. Understanding the power of hard work breaks the chains of oppression and brings the light of freedom.

Dashrath Manjhi, the Mountain Man from India, is an example of unparallel perseverance and hard work. Faced with the tragic loss of his wife due to the lack of a nearby medical facility, Manjhi decided to cut a path through a challenging mountain, turning a 70-kilometer journey into just a one-kilometer walk. For 22 years, with just a hammer and chisel, he toiled against the odds, single-handedly transforming the landscape. His unyielding dedication showcased the transformative impact of individual determination. Manjhi’s story is a beacon of hope for those who are facing adversity. It shows us that even in the darkest of times, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

The story of Dashrath Manjhi is self-explanatory: there is no substitute for hard work. His narrative justifies an old saying: ‘Hard work is a blessing. If we are not achieving success in our life, it is better to remember individuals like Dashrath Manjhi and start following their path.

Hard work stands as the cornerstone of progress and development. Life is a journey, and hard work is the ticket that allows us to move forward. Without it, we are stuck in place, unable to experience all that life has to offer. The progress achieved by nations today is a testament to the tenacity of hard work. Not all toil is productive; it is the hard work that leads to development and creation, steering countries toward the pinnacle of progress.

Colonel Harland Sanders, the iconic founder of KFC, overcame a series of setbacks and challenges, demonstrating remarkable resilience and determination. Sanders faced numerous setbacks, including the failure of his first restaurant. Undeterred, he tirelessly traveled, convincing restaurant owners to sell fried chicken. The turning point came at the age of 65 when he franchised KFC, ultimately building a global empire. But making KFC a global brand was not a piece of cake. He knocked on one thousand and nine doors before he got his first yes!

The lesson from Colonel Sanders’ story is the timeless power of perseverance. Despite facing financial hardships and numerous rejections, Sanders persisted in pursuing his vision. His story inspires the belief that success is not constrained by age or adversity; rather, it is the result of relentless determination and the willingness to adapt. Sanders’ journey teaches us that resilience and an unwavering commitment to one’s passion can turn challenges into opportunities for remarkable success.

Hard work yields myriad benefits, purifying the soul and mind. The industrious individual discards impure emotions, focusing on constructive endeavors. A strong and healthy body, free from ailments, is a testament to hard work and dedication. Not only does hard work lead to victory, but it also paves the way for prosperity. Many rags-to-riches stories underscore the transformative power of hard work, demonstrating that wealth and fame accompany diligent efforts.

The annals of history brim with examples of great men who, through sheer hard work, accomplished seemingly impossible feats. Abraham Lincoln, born into poverty, ascended to the president of United States through unwavering determination. Binod Chadhary, Jhamak Kumari, Sanduk Ruit, Mahabir Pun  and other many  successful leaders liberated Nepal through their relentless efforts.

Hard-working individuals embody good character, honesty, and self-reliance. To ensure personal and national progress, reliance on luck must be replaced by a commitment to hard work. In a world grappling with unemployment, instilling the habit of hard work from an early age becomes imperative. The farmer’s relentless pursuit of gold through laborious work mirrors the unwavering determination that fuels a nation’s advancement. In the symphony of life, hard work remains the melody that resonates, driving individuals and nations toward triumph and prosperity.

(Author Dr. Malla is a Banker)