3 POWERFUL MESSAGES OF DR. A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM

  BHASKAR JYOTI BORAH                     Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was a scientist, a leader, the President of India and a Teacher. Born on ...

 

BHASKAR JYOTI BORAH

                    Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was a scientist, a leader, the President of India and a Teacher. Born on 15th October, 1931, at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Kalam is one of the most distinguished scientists of India and has received honorary doctorates from thirty-eight universities and institutions in India and abroad. He was awarded the country’s three highest civilian honours – Padma Bhusan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990) and Bharat Ratna (1997). His most significant works are Wings of Fire, India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium, Target 3 Billion and Beyond 2020: A Vision for Tomorrow’s India. His books have been translated into many languages across the world. His books are pearl of wisdom. His writings contain the power to transform lives. His thoughts elevate the human mind. Being influenced by his writings, in this blog I am going to share his three powerful messages that will empower and inspire you to transform yourself.

 

1.    Be the Unique YOU:

Dr. Kalam had met 21.5 million youth in a decade’s time. From his meetings and interactions with the youths Kalam understood that everyone wants to become unique. But the challenge is as Kalam said, “...the world all around you is doing its best, day and night, to make you like everybody else.” Therefore he appealed to the youths to fight the hardest battle and continue fighting until the destined place is reached.

To become like everybody else is very simple and easy but to become the unique You is difficult and full of struggles. If you surrender your wishes and goals to your world around, you will never reach your destined place that could make you the unique YOU! Kalam referred to Von Braun, a very famous rocket designer, who built Saturn V to launch the capsule with astronauts and made moon walk a reality. Braun said in 1975, “If I am authorized, I will remove the word impossible.”

2.    Your True Friend:

Who is your true friends? Is it your friends that you meet during your studies in Schools and Colleges? Kalam said, “Your friend is Knowledge.” He said that Knowledge can be found at home, in good books, from teachers, from an enriching learning environment and also by coming into contact with good human beings.

On 11 August 2009, Kalam was participating in a valedictory function of the book fair at Erode (Tamil Nadu) where he addressed the audience and appealed every one of the participants of the book fair to allocate at least one hour reading quality books. He narrated how book reading can enrich them and empower them to grow as great. He also suggested all the parents to start a library in their own home so that the children in the house can cultivate a reading habit. A surprising event happened at the end of the meeting. Thousands and thousands of people rushed to the bookstalls and within no time most of the books at the book fair had been sold out.

This single habit of reading one hour each day in your home library can transform your life. You can virtually achieve any goal that you will set for yourself. Knowledge not only dispels ignorance, but it also carries greatest achievements.

3.    What worked yesterday, will not work today:

Dr. Kalam said that we need to constantly evaluate the changing realities of the world around us and innovate and adapt. He mentioned the idea of ‘What worked yesterday will not work today.’ He talked about transforming India into a ‘Digital India’. He also mentioned about potentialities of ‘Artificial Intelligence’ in the near future in changing the world.

Some days before, I read a book written by Mike Pettigrew on The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World, where as a reference he has mentioned how ‘robotics’ and ‘artificial intelligence’ is going to affect every type of employment in the world. It has become almost an urgent necessity for the people today to learn new skills; otherwise many will find themselves as unemployed in the not too distant future. Moreover if today’s youths do not learn the skills which will be dominating the future, the possibilities of developing the unique You will be less.

You must develop your ability to learn new skills at a faster rate to cope up and grow faster in this fast changing world to create a life you love. You need to make excellence the foundation in your thinking and action to bring glory to you and also to the nation. To conclude, I would like to refer to the famous verse ‘I will fly’ by poet Jalaluddin Rumi which Dr. Kalam had quoted in his book, Learning How to Fly:

I am born with wings

So, I am not meant for crawling,

I have wings, I will fly

 

References:

1.    India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Y.S.Rajan

2.    Learning How to Fly, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

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