On Hard work

There are theories that talent is god-gifted and no one can compete with the people having this gift. There are others who credit every achievement to luck. But there is one thing in this world that cannot be equalized with any of the above mentioned factors. And that is hard-work. “Kam kam aur bus kam” as our Quaid said. work with patience, “Sabre-e-Jamil” as Amal Academy teaches. Doing hard work is not an ability, but an attitude. This attitude is not a short-cut to success.

These were my random ideas to walk on the way towards success. However, these ideas are supported by the book I am reading these days which is the biography of Abdul Sattar Edhi-“A miracle to the blind” written by Tehmina Durani. From the start of this book, one thing speaks aloud of the secret behind Edhi’s welfare organization. The secret is continuous hard work.

Abdul Sattar Edhi narrates many incidents in his young age telling us that the great set up was not possible if he had not taken practical and theoretical experience by putting himself in long years of mental and physical labor. Edhi narrates that his father was trader and he earned sufficient money to support his family. But, his mother could not sit idle. So, she started their free-lance business of cleaning the cotton bundles. Being raised in such an environment, Edhi adopted himself to ever unending hard-work. He used to sell matches in his childhood to help the poor. Moreover, he says that he hated failure but success is achieved only if you put plenty of effort in it. When he was young enough to consider class-difference crisis, he started studying different ideas to get rid of class struggle. He studied Marx and Angles thoroughly but he says:

Although the theory was correct, I repeatedly questioned, “What are the pitfalls? The vision is true, self-reliance necessary, national and public spirit essential, inequality and poverty unjust and oppression unacceptable , but where is the grey area?

This was the mantle labor he was putting in the establishment of an international level philanthropic organization. He thought for years what model of organization should be followed in order to make a difference.

In my life, I have practiced this rule a number of times. Recently, in my final year project, I had to work on an expensive software. Its manuals were not available online. I toiled hard to find from my teachers and internet, but could not. It took me five months to arrange for the training manuals for this software. However, I did not lose hope and continued to try for these manuals. At last, I saw a poster for job. The only requirement was that the person should be able to work on that software. I wrote a letter to the company that I was confronting this problem, however I had already done the theoretical work for this project. The company allowed me to collaborate with its engineers to learn that software. Similarly, I have employed this principle at many other places as in F.Sc to get a position in board.

When I read about Edhi’s principle of progress, I could not stop remembering examples from my life and from the life of bid leaders like Nelson Mandela. The same is the third principle of Amal i.e. “Kaam, kaam aur Kaam.

What other people can learn from this principle is that the faculty of labor is common to all human beings. People may be talented in a certain field but hard work is the only key by which one can succeed in any area of interest. One should do his work with patience in order to achieve his goal. The fruits of labor are worth-enjoying.

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