In every phase of life, success is what drives us to do what we do...sometimes to even take the risks that we take. If there was one definite answer to this question and an answer that anybody could easily follow, we would not have had so many best-selling authors, blogs, techniques! And hence begins the customization of "keys to success" based on your tasks, your role, your short-term and long-term goals, expectations that you have of yourself, your priorities and so on. As you grow up, you are convinced by your parents, siblings, friends, and the environment around you that being successful is THE goal. Along with this comes the fear of failure, embarrassment and disappointments, the fear of letting down yourself or a loved one.
Over the years, I have learnt that it is alright (and necessary) to fail at times but what matters is that you get up on your feet and move ahead (of course this becomes very important after paper notifications or when a research idea you had does not give you the 'expected' result). Easier said than done :) Being positive can help you go a long way and there have been many techniques on positive thinking and how to escape negative thoughts and fears that often hinder our progress. Though not very easy, it is important to have faith in yourself and your beliefs. It is very easy to get carried away by what you see and hear around and take short-cuts that lead to temporary success. When I am in such a situation, I ask myself is this something that I can proudly tell my parents and younger sister? If the answer is a no or am doubtful, then this isnt the best option for me. I also very firmly believe that helping others in their journey to success, has this magical effect on your own life in a very positive way. It could be little things that you did when you were young like explaining a math problem solution to a friend who did not understand, helping someone new at work to catch up, making time for people in need, or as simple as just writing a letter for your grandpa whose hands are too shaky to hold a pen. Being kind and positive to others and to yourself, will not only bring you a sense of satisfaction but also breaks down the ego that often accompanies 'success' :)