Fate, God, effort or luck – when you say fate, obviously it is something you can not do anything about. When you say luck, again it is something you can not do anything about. God is also not something you can do anything about. The only thing that is in your hands is effort.
Put 100% into your effort and what happens, happens. Do not leave proportions of your energy and your capability to luck¸ God, fate, and all these things – that is not your business. If there is such a thing, it will act.
Your business is only effort , and the effort has to be incisive; it should be focused and calibrated. Simply creating effort is foolish. Hard labor alone is not going to get you somewhere. The right kind of action, timing and place are all important.
For these things to happen, you need perception and intelligence. That is all you must do in your life – constantly look for ways to enhance your perception and intelligence. The rest will anyway happen. And this is the one thing that humanity is unfortunately not doing.
Do not try to put up a recipe for your success. Real success happens when you use yourself to your full potential. It does not matter whether you become a doctor, politician, a yogi or whatever; success means you are living your life to your full potential. If that has to happen, you need perception and an active intelligence.
How do I grow my intelligence? The important thing is to enhance your perception. If you are able to see life just the way it is, you have the necessary intelligence to conduct it well. If you are not able to see life the way it is, your intelligence will work against you.
Intelligent people on this planet are generally the most miserable people. This is simply because they have an active intelligence but no perception of life. People today are trying to broaden their minds, which may make one socially successful, but not truly successful.
If you want to be truly successful, you must be able to see everything just the way it is, without distortions. If you can see everything just the way it is, life becomes a play, a game. You can play it joyfully and you can play it well for sure. If you can play it well, people will say you are successful.
You should not be aspiring for success. It is a miserable way to structure your life. You will simply cause pain and suffering to yourself and everyone because your idea of success right now is that everyone should be below you, while you are on top.
This is not success; this is sickness. Never think, ‘I want to be successful’.
Just see how to make yourself into a full-fledged being, and it will find expression. If it finds good expression, people around you will say, He is a great success!’ That is fine. People should recognize that you are a success, but you should not be thinking about how to be successful. That is a very wrong way to approach life.
Once you have come as a Human being, the potential of what it means to be human – all the dimensions of who you are – must be experienced. Only then would I say you are successful.
And the ability to explore that potential, the daring to explore that potential, will come to you when you come to a state within yourself where there is no fear of suffering, that no matter what the life situation is, your experience of life will not alter itself.