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Keys to success are our moderate habits

Mr. Samuel Smiles writes that his own life can be taken as an example of austerity. His mother became widowed when her last 11th child was only three months old. There was some debt due to the bail of someone, but despite this difficulty and the burden of 12 children, she patiently strove for her social status and honor and finally conquered. Although their income was modest, they did not decrease their children’s education, making them rich. If any of them could not qualify, then there was no crime in that woman’s gem.

Famous historian Hume’s father had left him and died, his mother had arranged for his education. At the age of 26, Hume went to France to study science. You write about the subject there- ‘I have pledged that I will work with frugality, use each pie properly and be constantly industrialist for my prosperity.’ I will detest all luxuries that will not enhance my abilities. ‘ His first work was not successful, but he kept working. He became the Military Secretary to the Ambassador in Vienna. He started thinking of himself as rich at the age of 26. Look at his words – ‘My economy, constant industry, hard work and self-control made me the owner of the estate and now I could stand on my feet.’ Nearly one and a half thousand pounds had accumulated with me now. At the rate of five per cent, I could get 60 lb. of interest per year. ‘ Hume’s frugality never fell short of charity or help from others, nor did he waste a penny in vain.


Innumerable people of the world have been diligent to pursue themselves and to raise their level in the society and have despised the joy. They were humble and frugal, how many men did their physical strength even they became worthy and learned. He had only one powerful thing – strong will and self-confidence.

Success keys are our moderate and restrained habits. One who habitually remains free of undue luxury and leads a simple life, only the householder can keep his self-respect stable for a long time.