Making The Dream Come True Through Knowledge: Passion Story Of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

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Somanjana Chowdhury

17 Mar,2017

The Beginning

We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.” – Kalam

The way we know Abdul Kalam today, it was never like that in his childhood. Born to a poor Tamil Muslim family it was really hard for him to dream about the future that is shining bright with money, reputation, recognition and most importantly education. However, you cannot stop those dreams but you can do anything to make them the truth of your life. For Dr. Kalam the situation was not any different.

On the way of achieving goals

If you want to shine like a sun, you have to first burn like a sun.” – Kalam

Though he started working at a very young age to support his dad to run the family expenses, he never left the dream of getting a higher education. Abdul Kalam realized the value of education very early and knew that it is the only way he could achieve all the goals he dreamt of. But, it didn’t take him too long to realize that the condition of his family couldn’t support his dreams. To earn money for him as well as his family at an early age he started distributing newspapers.

Thirst of knowledge

“Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident. – Kalam

However, money never tempted him away from learning new things. His ever growing thirst to gain knowledge compelled him to complete his studies successfully. He used to study for hours, especially mathematics. In 1954, he graduated in Physics from St. Joseph's College in Tiruchirappalli, which was then affiliated to the University of Madras. In the Institute of Technology in Madras after studying aerospace engineering he graduated in the year 1960 after which he joined in the DRDO or the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defense Research and Development Organization as their scientist.

The life in brightness

“If four things are followed - having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance - then anything can be achieved. – Kalam

Abdul Kalam became a well-known scientist who put in all his efforts for the development of science and technological research. He was the person who made the country nuclear and in 1974, under his supervision, India underwent its first nuclear test. Next was the Pokhran –II which came in the year 1988. It was through these nuclear tests Dr. Kalam showed India’s real position and power in nuclear technology to the world.

But it was only the beginning of his story. He also worked with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) as an aerospace engineer. His work on the development of launch vehicle and ballistic missile technology had earned him the name of the 'Missile Man of India'. And then, his passion for knowledge and developing society led him to a position in his career which made his name well-known to the world. In 2002, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam became the 11th President of India.

A passion that makes you the human first

“Let me define a leader. He must have 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. – Kalam

Popularly known as the ‘people’s president’, Dr. Abdul Kalam left such an influence on Indians which only a few people could have done. He preferred to communicate with people directly instead of using the internet or electronic media. He didn’t comply with protocols and security measures and used to love spending quality time amongst students in various schools, colleges and universities to interact with them and to inspire them to be better individuals when they grow up. A lot of people, who got opportunities to work with Dr. Kalam or to know him personally, got some real motivations from his honest care, affection and thoughtfulness.

People say that it is a tough job to handle personal and professional life together and they do not get time for other stuff but office work. Well, Dr. Kalam had a totally different point of view about it. He never believed in working so hard that one forgets his family or himself. ‘Love what you do’ was the only policy he followed and suggested everyone follow. Abdul Kalam made his place in people’s hearts by following his passion which was worshiping knowledge and working for mankind and wherever he is today, he will be really happy if people in India do the same and make the country proud. #LiveYourPassion!

“If we are not free, no one will respect us.” – Kalam

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