by Sunil Bali, 17-06-12

If you look at the Personal Development section at a bookstore, you’ll find an ever growing number of titles which contain the word "Secret". These books are written by a band of authors who are apparently privy to the secrets of success.

There are no secrets to success.

Every great religious text, philosopher and leader in history will tell you the same thing. If people fail, it’s not because they lack knowledge or talent, it’s because they quit.

The route to success lies in two words, persistence and resistance.

Persist in what must be done and resist what doesn’t need to be done

Those who lack the conviction to persevere and cross the finishing line, tend to procrastinate and seek the middle of the road. Guess what happens in the middle of the road? You get run over.


Put all your eggs in one basket, and watch the basket – Mark Twain

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all – Michelangelo

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance – Samuel Johnson

If you’re going through hell, keep going – Winston Churchill


From the late and great, Tommy Cooper:

There were two snowmen standing next to each other.
One says to the other: "Can you smell carrots?"

So I rang up my local swimming baths.
I said, "Is that the local swimming baths?"
He said, "It depends where you’re calling from."

A man takes his Rottweiler to the vet. "My dog’s cross-eyed, is there anything you can do for him?"
"Well," says the vet, "let’s have a look at him."
So he picks the dog up and examines his eyes, then checks his teeth.
Finally, he says "I’m going to have to put him down."
"What? Because he’s cross-eyed?"
"No, because he’s bloody heavy."

Two cows standing next to each other in a field, Daisy said to Dolly "I was artificially inseminated this morning."
"I don’t believe you," said Dolly.
"It’s true, straight up, no bull!"

To your success,