It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

Success is all dependent on preparation. It’s like school. Whoever prepares the most for the test, will usually come out on top. The same principle applies to success. Prepare yourself and you shall succeed. Don’t lower your goals, instead get creative and come up with new action steps. There are many ways to reach your goals, if one way isn’t working, come up with another.

You have to go in with the mind set of it being success at any cost. Don’t give yourself the option to fail or take second chance. Take on this mentality because it will truly move mountains. You have to be willing to reach your full potential. You may be thinking everyone wants to reach their full potential, but unfortunately, a lot of people are afraid and hence aim low which in return sacrifices their true potential. Therefore, you have to be willing to go for it all and truly become all that you can be. Seek the good and the bad because both forms of knowledge are valuable. Use the good to see the good in you as well as to implement new desirable traits and use the bad to do away with the bad which resides within you.

Success is a marathon. Sometimes slow and steady really does win the race. Don’t stress yourself if you aren’t where you expected to be, as long as you keep moving forward. It doesn’t matter if you are moving a step closer or an inch closer to your dreams, as long as you’re moving closer.It’s all just a process. Enjoy the process because when you reach the top and your dream is a reality, you’ll realize the process was truly the best part.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda


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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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18 Responses to It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

  1. I got operated for removal of malignant cancer tumour of right upper gum with reconstructive surgery on May 13, 2015. On August 14, 2015 my post surgery radiotherapy treatment course was completed. The surgeon says that the convalescence period in such cases lasts 6 months post surgery & 3 months post radiation and recovery period is likely to take one year since commencement of treatment. It is observed during last 8 months since the date of operation, recovery of structure and function of my body parts operated is happening at a very slow pace. However little improvement may be in coming days and months, I believe in the philosophy, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”.

    • After completion of my post surgery radiation for cancer right gum, I had check up CT Scan of Neck and Chest & physical check up and consultation by surgeon at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center NH Health City Bangalore on September 20, 2016. Post-operative radiation after effects and periodical complications in swallowing and speech still persist. The good news is that there is no existing cancer lesion in the affected part or recurrence in neck, chest & upper part of abdomen. The not so happy news is that the convalescence period of illness may persist for another one year with advice for next CT Scan check up after 6 months. Let us hope for the best.

      • I had checkup CT Scan of Neck and Chest & physical checkup and consultation by Director & Surgeon-in-Chief Dr Moni at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center NH Health City Bangalore on October 23, 2017 almost 2 ½ years after I was diagnosed having Cancer of Right Upper Gum. Post-surgery radiation after effects and complications in swallowing and speech still persist. The good news is that there is no existing cancer lesion in the affected part or recurrence in head, neck, chest & upper part of abdomen. The bad news that there is ORN (Osteo-Radio Necrosis) of Right Lower Jaw Mandible bone for which the sinus wound over right cheek developed since March 2017 not healing up and mouth opening is getting shortened which is inadequate for taking normal food. The surgeon opined that let me continue with conservative treatment as such till such time I can take food by mouth with bearable pressure, discomfort & pain with existing limitation having periodical physical checkup every 3 months and they will only consider for another major reconstructive surgery of right mandible for survival purpose if such situation demands. I have to manage life with physical & functional limitation of affected body parts for the present.

  2. Well Written Sir…
    Exactly .. success is achieved by the people who try and who never stop moving forward…. 🙂

  3. Thanks for referral. Perspective of each life is decided by the person and nobody else except the person himself can judge, what is success. Slow or fast movement are also relative adjectives. Ultimate aim of life firstly is to live it fully, enjoy every bit one can and do as good as possible, for the society, family and friends. Speed of working for short term and long term goals has to be balanced every moment depending upon enumerable factors. Net result should be minimum difficulties in old age or at any stage when a person is differently abled due to any reason. The family, friends and society should not be adversely affected by our actions. If possible, one should leave this earth better then before and our actions should have significant life span after death. The spectrum is as wide as dying unknown to being worshipped like God after death. One should choose according to circumstances and individual capabilities, the appropriate decision and action. Every life is worth living and nobody in this world is perfect. Results depend upon net effect of all forces acting contemporarily in this universe. At end of the day one should be happy and peaceful. How is your Gum and disease? Please convey my love to Sara who is blossoming in a nice child.

    • Recovery of structure and function of my gum & mouth parts operated and subsequent exposure to radiation is happening at a very slow pace. However little improvement may be in coming days and months, I believe in the philosophy, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”.

  4. Prakash Padhan says:

    It’s really an inspiring article because everybody wants success. You have related heading (It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop) of article with your personal life.I will keep one print out with me.I remember the poem “and miles to go before I sleep and miles to go before I sleep…”after reading this nice article. Please post some learning experience from your own life.I would like to read some events/incidents from your life. I wish for early recovery of your health soon.

    I am here engaged in giving my service for elimination of Kala-azar disease in Bihar, Jharkhand & West Bengal.
    With high regards

  5. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Your vivid elaboration of practical experience of life journey has special emphasis. Those who are really heartily contact with you can understand the hurdles in life that would be enjoyed on going in life sportively.That is love in life to enjoy. It is real human spirit created by God Himself in His cosmic drama.Hence Patience and perseverance shows reveal to one how to act steadily and perfectly by body and mind being directed by own conscience with invigoration along with vitality on the cosmic stage.Thank for you preaching or imparting of real practical knowledge or experience to all or allied people.

    With Regards
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Now at Bhubaneswar

  6. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    It is an inspiring article for those who live life like an adventure journey. With experience we become wiser and we will realize that sometimes bad things happen for a reason. And somehow we will see that some good came out of the event in our life that we once considered as a failure. The right move towards every journey is to turn on the inner light to our life and never allow darkness to darken our life or beat us down. Problems will slow us down, but we should never let them to stop us.

  7. Kedarnath Sahu says:


    A nice article which is really inspiring for all. The line in your article “Success is all dependent on preparation”, some where something needs the blessing of Almighty.Sir, the whole life is a school for the scholar people. All around are the teachers from whom we learned so much things. In broader scene which is bad or what is wrong and what is right, the people often confuse in the way of their journey of life. If there is a way there must be a roll on or rise up, that is not the matter whether hard or soft. Sir, it is our duty to proceed in the way and do not stop. That is the real taste of life. Sir, some say ‘Failure is the pillar of Success’. To take all the things positively is the success key of life.

    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Sohela,Dist. Bargarh (Odisha)

  8. Shashi says:

    Dear Sir.
    It’s really inspiring, thank you much.
    Shashi Bhusan Pradhan

  9. Madhusudan Mahunta says:

    Dear Sir,

    It is a nice article. One who practices this method definitely he will succeed in his life. I think that the philosophy of the article is reflected in your personal experience.This article inspires the weak minded persons and it will help them for success to achieve their goal.

    Thanking for your valuable article.
    Madhusudan Mahunta
    Sai Devotee
    Sohela,Bargarh Odisha

  10. Dhandapani Muthuswamy says:

    Nice article. Thank u for getting opportunity for reading the treasure.

  11. V Chandra Sekhar says:

    Dear sir,

    Your article posted earlier “exhorting one to continue the path traded by him towards achieving one’s goal of achieving ultimate bliss and not to get disheartened even if the progress may be very slow” is very thought-provoking. Thanks for the post.

  12. Dhandapani Muthuswamy says:

    Thanks ji for sending link of the appropriate article for the quote,”I will be successful.Maybe not right away,but some day for sure”. I liked the article so much.

  13. 2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor from January 9, 2018. I had second reconstructive surgery done by Dr. Moni, Director and Surgeon-in-Chief Head and Neck Oncology Surgery at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center Narayana Hospitals Bangalore on January 9, 2018 for complications of Post-Surgery Radiation as Cancer Survivor.I had 1st Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor since May 13, 2015 as narrated in my article “Cancer is so limited…it cannot kill the spirit of life” published in June 2015 in Yoga and Spirituality after my radical surgery for cancer of right upper gum. God is my healer. No matter what my body is telling to me, I trust God to heal me. With my supportive family at Bangalore home and countless blessings & good wishes from my relatives, friends and fellow citizens known & unknown and Grace of God, I am quite hopeful to lead a better health in my 2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor. You may read my article and responses on ‘2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor’ published on February 1, 2018 in Yoga and Spirituality.

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