Relying purely on luck has rarely yielded anything truly extraordinary. If you want to achieve something great, chances are you’ll need razor sharp focus and a lot of perseverance.
According to an Indian bloke who lived between 1863 and 1902, focus is crucial if you want to be successful. He didn’t mention a particular field or anything like that, but this memorable quote of his should apply just about anywhere.
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life–think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
– Swami Vivekananda
Born Narendra Nath Datta, Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk who was instrumental in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. A chief disciple of the 19th-century saint Ramakrishna, Vivekananda elevated Hinduism to the status of a major world religion, and is credited with raising interfaith awareness. He contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India and was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in his country.
He introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893 with an iconic speech that began with the words, “Sisters and brothers of America …” In India, Vivekananda is regarded as a patriotic saint. His birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day in the country.