Day 12 – Q 1. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Bring out the relevance of this quote for present times. (10 Marks)

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Ethics Theory, GS 4, TLP-UPSC Mains Answer Writing
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1. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Bring out the relevance of this quote for present times. (10 Marks)

मुझे मेरी सफलताओं से मत आंकना, मुझे इस बात से आंकना कि मैं कितनी बार गिर गया और फिर से उठ गया।वर्तमान समय के लिए इस उद्धरण की प्रासंगिकता को सामने लाएं।


Candidates need to write about the importance of the struggle and failure which one has to go through before achieving the success relate it to personal and contemporary times analyse it with few examples. 


The above quote is by Nelson Mandela on idea of struggle to achieve one’s goal. Individual can be judged nowadays on knowledge transfer, skills development, financial gains and the cultivation of social and cultural capital. 


  • Just as we rejoice in these successes, there are also those moments when things don’t work in our favour and naturally enough we punish ourselves for not having achieved the outcome we wanted.
  • Millennials or Gen Y were born in the early ’80s to late ’90s and joined the workstream in the new millennium they have noticed the most harsh and competitive world However, many of them are struggling to succeed. 
  • Success is always built upon risk, change, and personal development for which many times people fell down and have to get back. Success is a climb. It’s a journey. It’s lifelong and built with undulating and unpredictable ups and downs. 
  • Suffering is an integral and essential part of any real pursuit of success. Nothing about success comes easy, but every painful story has the potential to have a successful ending. 
  • The effort and time you need to put into your journey will not be tolerable to some who feel you owe them more of your time for example family relationship and new generation relationship also. They may face constant struggle. 
  • Negative thoughts are extremely contagious and when you set out on the Road Less Traveled you will have an audience full of small-minded people trying to scare you and discourage you from chasing your dreams. For example on algorithm based social media will frequently make feel self deprived people go through depression has mental health issues. 
  • Doubt and delay, when paired, derail success. Self doubt make most time to people fell down in this highly fast technocratic world success is earned quickly. People compare themselves and get self doubt.
  • Role of mentors coaches trainers are also important they are the most important pillars in our success at the time of downfall they are the one who guide the direction less person.


So it’s necessary and critical to notice the hard work, experience, risk, sacrifice humiliation gone by individual before achieving success. It makes world to believe in every personality is different with different capabilities and weakness it is one efforts which matters the most. 

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