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D'S, desire; discipline; dedication and determination, to Success

Reaching Goal is the Ultimate Achievement

Alphabet ‘D’ is the Key to Success

Thanks to Ruchira Khanna for giving me an idea to write this article through one of her articles titled Lady Luck. She wrote about the English alphabet ‘L’ and as I read the first line of her article I got an idea of penning down this article. Today I would like to discuss about the English alphabet ‘D’. I would say ‘D’ is the key alphabet to success. For whatever you want to achieve in life three basic qualities are very important in life. They are ‘discipline’, ‘dedication’ and ‘determination’. It is better to say that if we want success in life then we need to follow the path of 3 D’s. Different motivators and guides have always suggested others the path of 3 D’s for various achievements in life.

Concept of 3 D’s and 4 D’s

My family and school both had taught me the importance of 3 D’s in life. I have definitely benefitted from their teaching and so have developed a tremendous faith and respect for the three basic qualities: discipline, dedication and determination. Still, I decided to surf the internet and go through different books on 3 D’s of life and I found a little bit of contradiction in various write ups. Some says first ‘D’ stands for desire. Some suggests that it is destination to where you want to reach in life. Some do not talk about discipline and even their interpretation does not match in the positioning of the 3 D’s. Among the 3 D’s which one follows the other one has a little ambiguity. After reading all the different write ups I came to a conclusion that it’s better to stick to the 3 D’s: DISCIPLINE, DEDICATION and DETERMINATION which I was taught in my childhood.

Finally, I’ve decided to add one more D to the existing theory and make a new one. That means it should be 4 D’S – one more D is added at the beginning and then follows the 3D’S as specified earlier. In my opinion the 4 D’s are ‘Desire’, ‘Discipline’, ‘Dedication’ and ‘Determination’. Desire is the beginning of every goal and determination leads to the end that means the achievement of the goal.


Want is endless. Our regular life is full of want and so is the case with achievement in life but to have a specific ‘desire’ is not mere ‘want’ of our regular life. I would say that suppose I visit a market then I may wish to have a dress which I liked while window shopping. If I could manage to get it then its fine or else it may bother me for few more days and later the want will subside. Suppose the craving lasts and lasts but it ends only after it’s bought then this is ‘desire’. A craving from heart and it ends only when the wish gets fulfilled is called desire which is the starting point of everyone who wants to aspire something in special.

If you observe then you will see that every student has numerous ambitions in life. Sometimes one wants to become a doctor, later an engineer or journalist, even may be fashion designer and what not. It constantly varies during the growing up years but later decides one in particular and starts working hard to achieve the goal. So, what one wants to become is an ultimate desire of life. This kind of desire starts guiding people to dream for the future. Actually, it motivates a person. It’s better to say that want is a very small portion of the word ‘desire’. Once a desire is properly set in one’s life then it needs a special attention. It needs to be worked upon systematically so that one may finally achieve what one desires. This leads to ‘discipline’.


Discipline is a next needed quality. One starts to learn about it from childhood. One has to follow the set rules and regulations of any field in which you aspire to succeed such as maintaining time and all the other work ethics. If it is not followed obediently then it becomes difficult to reach one’s goal. It does not mean that one will not have fun but priorities are to be understood. Importance of time should be of prime consideration. For the sake of fun if the most important tasks are kept aside and neglected then one is breaking the required rule which is gross indiscipline. Can this be a norm to success? Certainly, it cannot. Discipline always regularizes one’s thought and also directs the way to achievement in a very concrete, clean and clear manner. Those who follow the principle of discipline in achieving something in life have a very clear vision of life but without it everything will seem vague. Now, once one becomes self disciplined and start respecting the law of discipline while working towards one’s goal then it’s time to remain dedicated.


Dedication is at the 3rd D position among the 4 D’s I have derived for a successful life. As we all know that every human being cannot attain sainthood. Everyone cannot become Mother Teresa. Why? We all worship God but while doing so we fail to surrender ourselves completely to Him. A complete devotion is required to become a saint.

It is same with everyone who eyes something big in life. A lack of concentration encourages flaws to creep in. Thus, dedication is to devote completely with heart and mind both. It means doing your job wholeheartedly. Dedication always brings in progress and naturally one who aspires with dedication then achievement cannot be far away. Dedication or concentration helps one to excel and sharpens the knowledge one is acquiring during the preparations. Break of concentration is a disqualification. To achieve one’s goal, dedication that means an honest effort is a must at every step but it becomes easy to reach one’s goal when there is determination too.


Undoubtedly, achieving something big needs desire, discipline and dedication but along with these 3 D’s if at any point one lacks determination then the striving for success comes to a grinding halt. Strong determination is an essential quality from beginning of an aspiration till its achievement because it keeps one going on with an intention in life. It reflects patience with which one has to work hard continuously for the success, may what comes in the way.

Let me give an Example: suppose a candidate desires to become an IAS Officer of India. The preparation for this examination needs a lot of time and patience. The candidate is extremely desirous so starts preparing for the examination with full discipline and dedicates himself completely to its preparation but after a certain period of time starts lacking the determination which he had while beginning the preparation makes all the difference. Maintaining patience and keep on continuing till he becomes the IAS Officer is a reflection of determination. Desire, disciplined working and complete dedication while preparing for an examination simply go in vain without the attitude of 'carrying on' with the task on hand. Thus, without the strong intention of going on until the end allows the dream to crumble down.

Importance of all the D’s

The truth is, for every achievement all the 4 D’s are of utmost importance. Thus, achievement comes in the way of those people who wish from the bottom of their heart (desire); work in a planned manner (discipline); work with an honest devotion (dedication) and the perseverance to carry on the job until the ultimate desire gets fulfilled (determination).

I am sure this write up will encourage all the writers at HubPages including me to strive more and more for our aim of being a successful writer. The beginners who have an aspiration will definitely succeed if they follow the guidelines highlighted in this article. These D’s have proved themselves time and again so there is no risk at following them rather success will follow the follower of 4 D’s.

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Mahesh on October 26, 2015:

Very Nice article...Thanks for sharing

Shampa Sadhya (author) from NEW DELHI, INDIA on March 07, 2013:

Hello MarleneB,

Thanks for reading this aritcle. Indeed, desire is the mother of all the D's. Thanks again.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on March 02, 2013:

Very good tips. We certainly do need all of the D's, and I agree that we especially need desire because without desire, success will not be easy.

Shampa Sadhya (author) from NEW DELHI, INDIA on September 07, 2012:

Hello girishpuri,

Thanks a lot for your vote and for echoing the same viewpoint as mine. A big sorry too for responding a little late.

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on August 22, 2012:

very interesting and indeed useful in practical life, voted useful.

Shampa Sadhya (author) from NEW DELHI, INDIA on August 03, 2012:

Hello Claudia Tello,

Your comment has justified my write up which makes my work all the more important. I certainly believe that without a strong desire we hardly invest our time in a particular work and once desire forces a person to make a positive move then it is carried along with a strong determination till the end. I feel, discipline and dedication will then quite naturally follow and a person will never ruin one's aim to be successful.

Thanks a lot for your motivating praise.

Shampa Sadhya (author) from NEW DELHI, INDIA on August 03, 2012:

Hello Ruchira,

Your write ups always motivate me so thank yourself for motivating me to write up a meaningful article. Indeed, every alphabet in English has a special significance. Thanks a lot for appreciating my work and of course for sharing and etc.

Claudia Tello from Mexico on July 31, 2012:

I totally agree with you in that the 4th D was missing and, in my opinion, it is the most important one. Without desire there is nothing, desire is the starting and propelling force; without desire there wouldn´t be the other 3 Ds. Fantastic observations and great points.

Ruchira from United States on July 30, 2012:

great work, Shampa. I agree D's sure are important in our lives.

Actually speaking...all alphabets are important in our lives IF we associate strong adjectives to them ;-) Whoever helped created english literature sure knew humans :))

many votes and thanks for my mention...many votes and sharing it across

Shampa Sadhya (author) from NEW DELHI, INDIA on July 29, 2012:

Hello ishwaryaa22,

Thanks a lot for your appreciation in details. To receive praise from a writer like you is always inspiring. Thanks for everything.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on July 25, 2012:

A truly uplifting and enlightening hub! I learnt a lot from this well-written hub of yours. Your explanation of each D is clear and detailed. Success is impossible without these 4D's! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared

Shampa Sadhya (author) from NEW DELHI, INDIA on July 23, 2012:

Hello teaches12345,

You commented very powerfully. It has added value to my work. Thanks a lot for praise as well as voting up.

Shampa Sadhya (author) from NEW DELHI, INDIA on July 23, 2012:

Hello Vellur,

It's a pleasure that you liked the article. Thanks for agreeing and appreciating my work. Thanks again for sharing my work and for voting up.

Shampa Sadhya (author) from NEW DELHI, INDIA on July 23, 2012:

Hello billybuc,

Thank you very much. It's true that achieving success without the 4 D's is very difficult. .

Dianna Mendez on July 22, 2012:

I didn't know what to expect when I saw the 4D reference, but you have really made this clear and applicable to life. I love your points and they are ones that will bring much success to a person's journey. Voted up.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 21, 2012:

You are so very right, all D's are important. Great write. Voted up.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 21, 2012:

A powerful message my friend and exactly right. Using the 4 D's can bring success in life no matter how you define success. Well done!

Shampa Sadhya (author) from NEW DELHI, INDIA on July 21, 2012:

Hello Jools99,

Extremely thankful to you for your read and appreciation. I needed it badly. You have rightly said that determination makes everything usually possible. Every other quality gets hampered once determination is lost and if determination is intact then little bit of lacking in other D's can be put together once again. Thanks once again.

Shampa Sadhya (author) from NEW DELHI, INDIA on July 21, 2012:

Hello IntegrityYes,

Thanks for commenting. Yours is the only comment I have received on this article. Don't name me as mighty, I am a learner. My writing has its own flaws and gradually I am learning the art of writing. Thanks again for your praise for the hub.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on July 21, 2012:

Excellent hub, 3 or 4 Ds could certainly work as an easy mnemonic for life 'D_D_D' easy to remember. I really believe in 'determination' - I think if you have the will to keep working hard for something then you are usually successful.

IntegrityYes on July 20, 2012:

I voted up. That is another great hub from the mighty Shampa.

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