By Shamshad Alam
All of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents. -A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
The most inspiring leader, People’s president, Missile man of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was loved by all around him especially young Indians. He is the true inspiration of every aspirant who wants to achieve something big and different in their life. Here are seven great lessons from his life that will teach us how to approach towards achieving desired dreams.
1. Be Prepared: Life doesn’t always follow the path we’ve set for it. Sometimes, it makes its own course and makes us follow it instead. The fanatic emphasis on ‘Plan B’ that professionals talk about is not a coward’s fall back system.
2. Leadership: Dr. Abdul Kalam was an extraordinary leader and mentor of many, as he defined leadership in his own words; “Let me define a leader. He must have a vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity.”
3. Work Hard: Even during his last day, Dr. Kalam never stepped back an inch to deliver that speech. “The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.” This saying shows how he used to define the day by working hard.
4. Have A Vision: This is that single most potent factor that drives our civilization. Having a vision, nurturing it, waiting for its fruition, reaping its rewards – all give meaning to life. The human spirit collapses not when it is deprived of food but when it is denied a dream.
5. Be Humble: This should be on top the list because all else fails in the absence of this. All success in life comes to naught if it is laced with vanity. Modesty has, and will remain, an alluring trait because where egoism falters, humility conquers. And being in the forces is being more humane than being a soldier.
6. Keep Fit: Successful people realize the importance of a healthy body and a healthy mind. They know that the two are inextricably inter-linked and imperative for their smooth functioning. They follow a strict regime of healthy habits which include right eating, adherence to meal times, a holistic exercise plan that suits one’s age and a mind full of positivity. It is established that the first three invariably impact the fourth.
7. Be Courageous: As Dr. Kalam’s saying goes, courage is the first thing to overcome fear of failure; “My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.”