Man is the architect of his own fate
Many people think that the course of a man’s life on earth is decided by fate, but this is a wrong idea. A man’s future depends on his own self. If he wastes his time in idleness, or depends too much on others or loses heart in the face of difficulties, he will fail in life. If, on the other hand, he makes proper use of his time and opportunities, and follows his aim in life with patience and perseverance, success is sure to come to him. Even ordinary abilities will bring him success if he makes good use of them. In fact, history abounds with examples of men rising to greatness from a humble beginning merely by their own exertions. On the other hand, we often come across men endowed with abilities failing in life. This is because they did not make proper use of their time and opportunities but wasted them in idleness. Their abilities thus got rusted and hence became useless. So it is we that make or mar ourselves, or our fate.