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What does it take to succeed? What factors and values play an important role to shape a child into a responsible adult – one that a parent would be proud of? Smartness (which roughly equals academic excellence in the American context) and talent would be two factors. However, as this MIT scholar and top-expert on Robotics points out, more often, a very important factor is just plain old-fashioned hard work or effort – persistent, focussed and meaningful. Here are some beautiful insights on what makes this individual a success: