Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam
“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
This post is about the inspiring story of a newspaper boy who became the 11th president of India and one of India’s top motivational characters.
Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam was a career scientist turned statesman.
He was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.
Widely referred to as the “People’s President,” he returned to his civilian life of education, writing and public service after a single term as President of India.
“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
He was a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.
“When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam – Biography
“You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Earlier life and career
Born in Rameswaram and studied physics and aerospace engineering.
“Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator.
“To become ‘unique,’ the challenge is to fight the hardest battle which anyone can imagine until you reach your destination.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Mainly worked at the Indian Space Research Organisation.
“Real education enhances the dignity of a human being and increases his or her self-respect. If only the real sense of education could be realized by each individual and carried forward in every field of human activity, the world will be so much a better place to live in.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Came to be known as the Missile Man of India for his work on missile technology.
“Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Played a pivotal role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998.
“Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Elected as the 11th President of India in 2002.
“If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Had the support of both the ruling party and the opposition.
“Great teachers emanate out of knowledge, passion and compassion.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Widely referred to as the “People’s President”.
“The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Recipient of several awards, including the Bharat Ratna.
“We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
While delivering a lecture, he died from an apparent cardiac arrest on 27 July 2015.
“Ultimately, education in its real sense is the pursuit of truth. It is an endless journey through knowledge and enlightenment.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Here Are His Top 10 Rules For Success
“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
- Learn how to handle failure
- Imagine the outcome
- Be righteous
- Fight to be you
- Breakthrough limitations
- Keep learning
- Be a teacher
- Work with integrity
- Follow your dreams
- Inspire others
“The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise… Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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“My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Inspirational lesson for lifetime- How to manage failure and success
“Where 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.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
At a European Union conference, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam gave the most inspiring and motivational speech ever. He received a standing ovation and loud applause for such an extraordinary speech.
Listen, gentlemen, I’m indeed delighted to be with the honourable members of the European Parliament on the occasion of the golden jubilee year of the European Union.
I am reminded of the dream of an Indian poet KANNIYAN POONGUNDRANAR who articulated in 3,000 years back in Tamil classic “PURANANOORU”
He says you’re the “”Yathum oorae yavarum Kaeleer” ” which means I am a world citizen every citizen is my own kith and kin.
He said three thousand years back.
As we say in India:
Where there is righteousness in the heart, where 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 harmony, there is an order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation there is peace in the world.
The property left behind by Dr A P J Abdul Kalam was as below:
- He owned 6 pants (2 DRDO uniforms)
- 4 shirts (2 DRDO uniforms)
- 3 suits (1 western, 2 Indian)
- 2500 books
- 1 flat (which he has donated)
- 1 Padmashri
- 1 Padmabhushan
- 1 Bharat Ratna
- 16 doctorates
- 1 website
- 1 twitter account
- 1 email id
He didn’t have any TV, AC, car, jewellery, shares, land or bank balance.
He had even donated the last 8 years’ pension towards the development of his village.
This shows his simple life.
His life is a lesson for others to live simple and live life to the fullest.
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Article about him in Wikipedia
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