Thursday, June 3, 2010

Success Story # 1

There are various definitions of success.  The following three quotes best describe what success is :

The secret of success is constancy to purpose. - Benjamin Disraeli
I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.  - George Burns


Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.  - Arthur Ashe


Taking these three beautifully described definitions of success as an assumed criterion, I consider Jabbar Husain of Bindki Village, District Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh, India a great success.  Here is his story published in the Khaleej Times recently:


----- LUCKNOW — It was 45th time unlucky for 66-year-old Jabbar Husain from an Uttar Pradesh village who has failed his Class 10 exams again this year — but the never-say-die grocer is determined try and try again till he succeeds in clearing the exam.
Husain, who owns a grocery store in Fatehpur district’s Bindki village, about 200 km from here, could not clear three of the six papers in Class 10. Results of the Class 10 Uttar Pradesh board were announced Tuesday.
“He (Husain), who is probably the oldest candidate enrolled with the Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad, failed to clear English, Science and Elementary Mathematics papers,” District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) Prakash Maurya said. “As per the new grading pattern, any candidate who fails to clear more than two subjects is not eligible for a re-examination. So Jabbar will have to appear in the board exams next year to pass Class 10. However, his determination to pass the exams without any unfair means has impressed all of us,” he said. Successive failures have not deterred Husen as he hopes to clear the Class 10 boards some day.         
“I will continue to appear for the Class 10 boards exams till I clear them. It’s my dream...I am quite sure I would be able to accomplish it someday with my hard work,” Husain said. -----

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Jabbar Husain’s is one of my best success stories, that I would be posting in these pages in the future, for the following three reasons that I have derived from the above quotes :

1.      He is truly consistent in demonstrating his perseverance to clear the    exam that is his passion.

2.      He loves to prepare himself again and again to appear in the exam for 10th class.

3.      It is of paramount importance that his ambition to do it again has not diffused.

Just imagine the level of his determination that his last attempt to clear 10th class examination was 45th.  That is an incredible story. 

I suggest to the Indian government that he should be rewarded with a special award of ‘Pride of Consistence’.

Let us pray that he clears his intended examination 46th time and enjoy the rest of his life as a successful achiever too.








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