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Calling them the unsung heroes of India would be an understatement. Indian scientists have led the way for some of the most path-breaking scientific achievements around the world and still haven’t gotten their due in our country. The scientific journey is a difficult one. So the number of failures these men have faced and battled and overcome is astounding. They’re therefore a treasure chest of wisdom on how to succeed. In this article, we take a look at 7 success lessons from some of the top Indian scientists from the 20th century, in quotes.

1. Devote yourself to your goal and march on courageously.


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“Success can come to you by courageous devotion to the task lying in front of you. I can assert without fear of contradiction that quality of the Indian mind is equal to the quality of any Teutonic, Nordic, or Anglo-Saxon mind. What we lack is perhaps courage, what we lack is driving force which takes one any where. We have I think, developed an inferiority complex. I think what is needed in India today is the destruction of that defeatist spirit.”

– CV Raman


2. Don’t seek others’ approval. Have conviction in your work.


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“My success will not depend on what A or B thinks of me. My success will be what I make of my work.”

– Homi J Bhabha


3. Find meaning and purpose despite how murky things might seem.


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“He who can listen to the music in the midst of noise can achieve great things.”

– Vikram Sarabhai


4. Do the best possible work you can do, no matter what your work is.


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“Remember, your work may be only to sweep a railway crossing, but it is your duty to keep it so clean that no other crossing in the world is as clean as yours.”

– M Visvesvaraya


5. You can’t have true success without having failed several times.


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“If there has been any success in my life, that was built on the unshakable foundation of failure…”

– Jagadish Chandra Bose


6. Persist with your goals till you succeed even if you fail many times on your way there.


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“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

– APJ Abdul Kalam


7. Build a strong foundation to propel yourself hard towards success.


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“Build a strong base. The journey to peaks of excellence requires a strong base camp.”

– CNR Rao