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Life Lessons from Missile Man - Bharat Ratna- Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam!

Dr. Kalam always remained composed with his signature smile playing on his lips. He inspired us to face our problems bravely. He was a peoples president, a 'karma yogi'. He emphasised on Working! He taught us how to live and how to leave. Great Soul! He tweeted this just few days before his death, this can be considered as his own obituary:- "An indomitable spirit stands on two feet... vision and firm thought". He expected commitment towards work. He proved that best leaders shine from within. He made a difference by leading with a noble heart. He left us as a great teacher standing tall. He gave us dreams and showed us to dream big. 

Few Life Lessons from the great soul :-

  • Have Vision & Passion. He taught us that the auto-pilot mode that works well for an aircraft is fatal for a human. The youthful lament of 'getting bored' or the elderly refrain that all 'responsibilities are over' and there is nothing else left, does not bode well for a nation that still has a long way to go. Our fault, our failure, is not in the passions we have, but in our lack of control of them. He wanted us to think great, to be great. As said by Dr. Kalam :- "You have to dream before your dreams can come true". He wants us to throw our dreams into space like a bird and let them take their own momentum and to allow ourselves to achieve some new horizons. He wishes us to be courageous enough to work towards our dreams and make them come true.

  • Think Differently. He encouraged to think differently. He believed it to be inherently valuable. The ability to perceive is more important than the knowledge gained. His thoughts were that to change anything, we need some fresh ideas, we need to think differently. To be open and flexible to change for the better.

  • Hard-Work. He was determined never to be idle. He taught us that no person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done, if we are always doing. As long as he was breathing, he was working. Hard-work has its own rewards. To be a champion, you need to see the big picture. It's not about winning and losing; it's about everyday hard-work and learning from failures, it's about being honest and committed towards your work. Focused, hard-work is the real key to success. To keep your eyes on the goal and just keep taking the next step forward.  

  • Work with Integrity. When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you. He taught us the importance of personal integrity. To test a man's character, give him power and Dr. Kalam's character was proved to be the finest one. He taught us that the right type of leader is democratic and he must not consider himself as a superior sort of personage. He must actually feel democratic.

  • Live True to your Values. He taught us that the first principle of value that we need to rediscover is this: that all reality hinges on moral foundations. In other words, there is a moral universe and that there are moral laws of the universe just as abiding as the physical laws. He taught us that principles are a set of values that have to be adapted to circumstances but NOT compromised away.

  • To Question. The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions. Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. Dr. Kalam always promoted youngsters to ask more & more questions.

Like all Magnificent things, Dr. Kalam was very Simple. He easily connected with people. He was humble and extremely down to earth person. He had a habit to acknowledge the contribution of others, despite their social standing, despite the fact that there is nothing to gain from the association. 

He was and continues to remain an inspiration to an entire generation and generations to come. He will always be missed.
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