Respected Chief Guest and fellow citizens       The topic with which I shall deal this evening is mainly old and familiar; nor is there anything new in the general use I shall make of them. If there shall be any novelty, it will be in the mode of presenting the facts, and the inferences and observations following that presentation. The topic that I am going to present today is nothing but hardwork.Woodrow Wilson once said: “If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.” The first important mark of excellence is the stamp of hard work. A preacher once told me that he follows the principle of “seven minutes sermon with seven days preparation.” This is the stamp of excellence. As it is said in an adage, “shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”How should you work hard? Just like a swimming duck does. The duck keeps paddling relentlessly underneath but appears smooth and calm on the top. There are duck style hard work behind the success history of many. For instance, it took Noah Webster 36 years to compile Webster’s Dictionary.Dear friends, Carl Lewis is one among the many role models of ‘hard work’. He is the best track and field athlete since Jesse Owens. Over the course of three Olympics he won eight gold medals, one silver, and holds two world records. In 1988 Carl broke the world record with a time of 9.92 seconds in the 100 meters. Even though he broke the record he did not win the race. Ben Johnson was the man who received the medal and the world record title. A year later it was found that Johnson was using steroids for eight years. As a result the medal and the glory was given to Carl. Carl Lewis holds another record at the Tokyo World Track Championships in 1991. He ran the 100m in 9.86 seconds. In 1992 Lewis wrote an autobiography titled Inside Track. In this book Carl tells about his track and field days. He describes the time, handwork, and discipline he put into his dream. He also coached at Willingboro High School showing young runners the way it was done. Carl taught teamwork and discipline. He is possibly one of the best track and field athletes of all time.Now let us all inquire whether we ever acted upon the question of hardwork. While concluding I like to quote the famous words of John F. Kennedy. Kennedy once said, “All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.” Yes dear friends, everyone has an equal opportunity for hard work. Let us work hard for achieving our goals. May God Bless You and May God continue to Bless our Country. Thanks to one and all
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