Satvanurupa sarvasya sraddha bhavati Bharat |
Sraddhamayoayampurusho yo yacchraddhah sa eva sah ||
O Arjun! The faith of each man takes the shape given to it by his staff of being – his soul. This soul is made up of faith; and whatever is that faith in him, he is that and that is he.
-Srimad Bhagvatgita XVII-3
Thus the key to a person’s success and fulfillment in life is the intensity and focus of his will and faith in his ability to manifest his indwelling divine potentialities. He works with the available resources and gets results according to the circumstances created by his deeds. One may call it destiny, fortune or the result of karma, but by and large it is the outcome of one’s own will and faith. That is why it has been said that a man is the maker of his own destiny. Whosoever has achieved success and fulfillment in this world has worked whole-heartedly to achieve his set goal. Such people have been ever active, with unwavering will, to achieve their aims. This strong will enabled them to overcome all the obstacles, keep hope and faith alive in the hour of failure and make fresh attempts, leading to ultimate success. Therefore, in one word, a strong will alone may be called the real basis of success.