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[Essay Framework]: Delayed success mostly stays forever.


Note: This is a mere outline to get you to start thinking about the topic. This is not a synopsis or a model essay. Just brainstorming. We’re eager to read your insightful essays! Please post them in the comments. 


You may start the essay with an anecdote, poem, or a riveting story that illustrates the topic clearly(If you’re writing a story -please try to write an original story that evokes the reader’s interest).

  • Define & elaborate upon your idea of the topic– what is the deeper meaning behind it? Explore different perspectives- there is no right or wrong dimension- let your imagination and creativity take over!
  • What is the main idea of the essay? Sum up your opinion/interpretation of the topic in a sentence or two.
  • What does success mean to you?
    • Success is a subjective concept that can mean different things to different people. It can refer to financial stability, professional growth, personal fulfilment, contentment or a combination of the above factors.
    • Societal pressure to attain success: Is there a set timetable to achieve certain things?
    • Is success a journey or a destination?
  • What does the process of attaining success entail and why is it delayed at times?
    • It can be a long and arduous journey that requires perseverance, hard work, and determination. In many cases, success may come late in life, but that does not mean it will be short-lived.
  • Why does delayed success last forever?
    • It is built on a Strong Foundation: of experience, knowledge, hardships, learnings and skills acquired over many years. This foundation provides a solid base for continued growth and development, making it more likely for the success to be long-lasting.
    • Strong Personal Growth: Individuals who have achieved success later in life have often faced numerous challenges and obstacles along the way. These experiences have helped them develop resilience, determination, and a strong work ethic, which are all essential qualities for sustained success.
    • Underscores Faith & Patience
  • Advantages of Attaining Success Later in Life:
    • A Clear Vision, Goal and Clarity of Purpose: Individuals who have achieved success later in life through a series of trials and errors tend to have a deeper understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. This clarity of purpose drives them forward and keeps them focused on their goals, making it more likely for their success to be long-lasting.
    • Gratitude: They appreciate the value of time and the importance of making the most of every opportunity presented to them.
    • Humility: They tend to be humble and less complacent since they have seen more downs than ups in life.
    • Development of a strong support network: Several people would have helped them during their tough times: family, friends, colleagues, and mentors. This network of support helps to keep them motivated, inspired, and accountable.
    • Development of a Growth Mindset: Their willingness to learn and adapt makes it more likely for their success to be long-lasting, as they are able to stay ahead of the curve and take advantage of new opportunities.
  • You may also talk about the importance of cultivating the right mindset and attitude:
    • They possess a strong mindset: They view challenges and obstacles as opportunities for growth and development.
    • Positive Attitude: It helps them stay motivated and focused on their goals.
  • Are failures delayed success?
  • But is “delayed success” always beneficial?
    • May cause mental turmoil
    • Financial difficulties
    • Leads to a loss of self-confidence, gives rise to an inferiority complex
  • Ethical dimension: Apply your learnings from GS-4 wrt to this topic: theories and thinkers.
  • Here are a few related theories:
    • The Growth Mindset Theory by Carol Dweck – This theory states that individuals who have a growth mindset, meaning they view challenges and obstacles as opportunities for growth and development, are more likely to achieve success.
    • The Power of Purpose by Richard Leider – This philosophy emphasizes the importance of having a clear purpose and vision in life, as it provides direction and motivation for personal and professional growth.
    • The Law of Attraction – This theory states that an individual’s thoughts and emotions can attract similar experiences and circumstances into their life. A positive mindset and attitude can therefore attract success and longevity.
    • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: It emphasizes the importance of living in the present moment and argues that this leads to greater happiness, fulfillment, and success in life.
  • Explore various dimensions in the succeeding paragraphs: History/Politics/Personalities, Cultural domain, Environment, Education, Health, Society, Infrastructure/Business, Good governance, and best practices, International Relations, Technology, etc.

Please let your creativity flow and explore other dimensions.

  • Quotes:
    • Success delayed is not success denied
    • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
    • “Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.” – Roy T. Bennett
    • “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.” – Albert Schweitzer
    • “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
    • “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell
    • “Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.” – G.K. Nielson
    • “Successful people are not afraid to fail, they just know they will learn from it and try again.”
  • Conclusion: Give a balanced conclusion. Delayed success is sustainable in the long run because it is built on a foundation of experience, knowledge, and skills, and it is driven by a clear vision and purpose. By persevering through challenges and obstacles, individuals who have achieved success later in life are able to sustain their success for many years to come.