Life Lessons from the Missile Man of India
A true visionary and an amazingly inspirational personality, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the missile man of India, has defined how a superstar should be. Born on 15th October 1931, in Rameswaram, Dr. Kalam, who once aspired to become a fighter pilot, studied aerospace engineering and later worked with the Defense Research and Development Organization. He devoted 40-years of his life serving the DRDO and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), and is well known for his part in India’s civilian space program and military missile development efforts. He came to be called the Missile Man of India for his work on developing the ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology. Dr. Kalam also played a pivotal organizational, technical, and political role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests back in 1998. One of the brightest stars of Indian aeronautics, Dr. Kalam was also an icon for the youth of India.
Some of his most inspirational quotes that we can take lessons from, for our daily life:
- Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
Many times it is the fear of failure that stops us from taking chances and achieving great things. But what we need to remember is that when you have the determination to succeed, even the failures will act only as experience and lessons and no more.
- Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck
Just because you achieve some amount of success in your ventures does not mean you should sit back content with it. You still need to work hard to make sure that this success stays. Everyone has people around them who are just waiting for them to fail, but make such people another reason to succeed. Show them that you were not a one-hit wonder and all you got was because you worked for it.
- All Birds find shelter during a rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above the Clouds
Problems and hiccups occur in even the most well thought out plans. The path to success is a thorny road and escaping problems is impossible. The best that you can do is face those problems and learn to rise above them.
- Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy the success
Adding a bit more to the previous quote, we can take it as a given that the sweet taste of victory is only enhanced by all the hardships we face to get there. In fact the more tiring the run, the better is the win.
- All of us do not have equal talent. But , all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents
“I just cannot do it” is never an excuse. Not all of us are born with each and every skill ingrained into our being. Not all of us develop the same skills. But it is still true that each and every one of us has the capability to develop said skills. Nothing is impossible as long as you work hard enough for it.