Swami Vivekananda once said, “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”

This profound quote in the immortal words of Swami Vivekananda expresses, quite explicitly, why certain people have an edge over others in being successful. It is not just about focus and zeal; it is about complete immersion in an ideal – so much so, that no other option exists. Successful people have this unrelenting force coming from deep inside them that knows no other option but to succeed.

Shaped by their environment

The personality of a human being is largely shaped by their environment, their bringing up, their parents, family, teachers, friends, the events from their life and times, as well as their innate traits and abilities.

Some people grow up with the mindset of becoming entrepreneurs, some are conditioned to work in steady jobs, while some seek out careers in relatively uncommon fields. What is common to everyone is the desire to be successful at whatever they do – to have success in general, to have a good life, to be able to avail things one desires.

When that ambition is stifled by failure

It is this desire that leads to ambition and when that ambition is stifled by failure, frustration is born. It is important for people from every walk of life to realise that a simple desire to succeed is not good enough – we all have that in common. What is the mysterious factor that makes some people hardwired for success? What drives certain people to go against all odds to achieve their goals? That is where a truly successful individual stands out from the rest of humanity.

Before you embark on a perilous journey on the path of success, you must probe into your own personality and realise certain things about yourself:

What drives you? Is it simply the universal human desire to succeed? If it is the same, commonplace want for a better life, your motivation is probably not strong enough. Simple ambition is not always a commendable trait to have – it easily suffocates us as it cannot provide the overreaching zeal that makes one stand out among the masses. You must find that spark inside yourself that will keep you going against all odds.

Why should success come to you? Are you simply a dreamer, or do you have something to show for it? There are millions of people on earth who have ideas and abilities which could bring them success. What makes you different? Find out the reason why you wish for success, don’t simply waste away in vain hopes about it.

Can you take failure?  Winston Churchill once said, “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” There isn’t a single successful soul on earth who hasn’t tasted the bitter brunt of failure. When you try to swim against the tide, the very first thing that hits you is failure. If your motivation isn’t strong enough, then going out of the way to succeed will only lead to depression. If you are truly one of those exceptional people who are hardwired for success, then you will see your failures as quintessential lessons along your path.

The unstoppable drive, the motivating cause, and the ability to overcome failure constitute the perfect recipe for an individual for whom the possibility of failure cannot exist. Success is the only option.