Dr. Kalam: A True Inspiration For Youths

Late Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, source: India Times

There might be several examples and definitions of an ideal person but according to me, Dr. A. P. J Abdul Kalam was himself a definition of an ideal person, an impeccable role model, and a silent revolutionary. He was one of the grand human beings whose achievements, sincerity, hard work, and never-give-up attitude can encourage us at every stage of our life. He has left unforgotten imprints in time that would inspire any individual to act and give him or her power to dream. One of his famous quotes that inspire me a lot is “If you want to shine like a sun. First burn like a sun.”

Life can never be fair with you and always ready to throw challenges at different stages of your life but a true winner is the one who does not get vulnerable to unfavorable situations and tries to find a way to beat the challenge and fight right up to success. Dr. Kalam was such a fighter since his childhood and always ready to face all the challenges with a smile. He always used to say:

“Difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you, but to help you realize your hidden potential and power, let difficulties know that you too are difficult.”

“End is not the end, in fact END means “Effort Never Dies” — If you get No as an answer, remember NO means “Next Opportunity”. So Let’s be positive.”

Rohini Satellite Launch, July 1980, source: scroll.in

After his graduation, he went on to become a scientist at the Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) and then transferred to the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) where he was the project director of India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully deployed the Rohini satellite in near-earth orbit in 1980. He also directed two projects in order to develop ballistic missiles from the technology of the SLV program and also developed many missiles including Agni and Prithvi. For these incredible achievements, he is also known as “The Missile Man of India”.

Dr. Kalam was simply driven by his vision of transforming India and for this, he chose to ignite young minds. It was he who first spoke of a developed India and wanted us to have a mindset of a developed nation. His thoughts were overpowering and thunderous and would encourage anyone to stretch their limits & potential.

“All Birds find shelter during the rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above the Clouds.”

“If you fail, never give up because FAIL means “First Attempt In Learning.”

Dr. Kalam with school kids, source: smilefoundationindia.org

Despite coming from a poor family, Dr.Kalam became the 11th President of India and also proved to us- “If four things are followed — having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance — then anything can be achieved”. He was also honored with the most prestigious awards of India, i.e., Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, and Bharat Ratna.

Dr. Kalam is a role model for me not only because of his fight and success against adversity but also because of his humble way of living. He has always helped and interacted with the people below him especially kids and students. He always believed in simplicity and never concerned about the luxuries around him. Even during his stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan he used a simple small room and had his food with all the staff (that much humble and simple he was). Also, he donated all his salary to a trust- PURA(Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas).

I can say he was a real patriot and his thoughts were the great examples of bringing peace in the world. I remembered one of this speech which he delivered in the European Union where he stated:

“When there is righteousness in the heart
There is beauty in the character.
When there is beauty in the character,
There is harmony in the home.
When there is harmony in the home,
There is order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation,
There is peace in the world.”