Unseen Passage: The Road to Success

The Road to success is not straight; there is a curve called failure, a loop called confusion, speed bumps called friends, caution lights called family, and you will have flats called jobs. But, if you have a spare called determination, an engine called perseverance, insurance called faith, and a driver called God, you will make it to a place called success!

In spite of all our planning and preparation, unexpected challenges are certain to arise. The bumps in the road are unavoidable, but you’ll never get to your destination if you aren’t willing to drive over them. The difference between a disaster and triumph lies in whether or not you’re prepared and willing to weather the storm. If you’re ready, those bumps will become stepping-stones.

The key thing to realize is that working harder is the same as working smarter. How do you work smarter? You just need to have the right skills. People want improved circumstances and better life without an improved self. They want victory without paying the price or making efforts. It really cannot happen without the other. Any improvements that have not been generated by improving yourself are superficial and short-lived. If you want to have a better future, you have to change yourself. Stop worrying about the various challenges that will come your way. Just believe in yourself and use them as stepping-stones.

“Success” is getting whatever you want out of life without violating the rights of others.” It is not an accident. Success is the result of our attitude and our attitude is a choice. Hence success is a matter of choice and not chance.

Today success represents a holistic and positive attitude to life. Attitude is everything. Success is not restricted within some kind of brick and mortar premises. It assumes the individuality of a complete act executed with perfection; material achievements do not define life. We don’t remember sports stars for the products they endorse but the spirit of achievement they represent. In the abundance of positive attitude underline the grandeur of a truly rewarding rich life.

Success can be measured from two standpoints — the external and the internal. Externally it is the measure of a job well done and recognition. Internally it is the feeling of achievement and wholeness derived from the completion of a task or fulfilment of desire.

Q. On the basis of your reading of the above passage, answer the following questions in 30-40 words each:

  1. What qualities lead one to the place called success?
  2. What is the difference between disaster and triumph?
  3. How can one have a better future?
  4. Describe two ways to measure success.

Answer

  1. Qualities such as determination, perseverance, faith, etc. lead one to a place called success.
  2. The difference between a disaster and triumph lies in whether or not you’re prepared and willing to weather the storm. If you’re ready, those bumps will become stepping-stones.
  3. If one wants to have a better future, you have to change yourself. Stop worrying about the various challenges that will come your way. Just believe in yourself and use them as stepping-stones.
  4. Success can be measured from two standpoints — the external and the internal. Externally it is the measure of a job well done and recognition. Internally it the feeling of achievement and wholeness derived from the completion of a task or fulfillment of desire.

Q. On the basis of your reading of the above passage, answer the following questions

  1. What qualities lead one to the place called success?
    1. determination
    2. perseverance
    3. faith
    4. all of these
  2. The Road to success is _________.
    1. straight
    2. curved
    3. slanting
    4. not straight
  3. The difference between a disaster and triumph lies in ___________.
    1. whether you are prepared to weather the storm
    2. willing to work hard
    3. ready to fail
    4. your efforts
  4. According to the text, which of the following statement is true?
    1. Working harder is the same as working smarter.
    2. Hard work is the only key to success.
    3. Working smarter is the only way to achieve your goal.
    4. Hard work and luck are important to succeed in life.
  5. To work smarter you need _________.
    1. the right qualifications
    2. the right skills
    3. the right contacts
    4. all of these
  6. How can one have a better future?
    1. By changing the circumstances
    2. By changing the surroundings
    3. By changing yourself
    4. By putting others down
  7. Externally success is measured by __________.
    1. money
    2. position
    3. recognition
    4. all of these
  8. Internally success is measured by __________.
    1. feeling of achievement
    2. feeling happy
    3. feeling satisfied
    4. feeling complete
  9. The synonym of ‘victory’ as given in paragraph 2 is __________.
    1. planning
    1. preparation
    2. triumph
    3. challenges
  10. The synonym of ‘surplus’ as given in paragraph 5 is ____________.
    1. holistic
    2. endorse
    3. assumes
    4. abundance
  11. The antonym of ‘defeat’ as given in paragraph 6 is ___________.
    1. recognition
    2. achievement
    3. completion
    4. success
  12. The antonym of ‘deep’ as given in paragraph 3 is _________.
    1. short-lived
    2. circumstance
    3. stepping stones
    4. superficial

Answer

  1. all of these
  2. not straight
  3. whether you are prepared to weather the storm
  4. Working harder is the same as working smarter.
  5. the right skills
  6. By changing yourself
  7. recognition
  8. feeling of achievement
  9. triumph
  10. abundance
  11. achievement
  12. superficial

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