History has borne witness to the struggles of men and women, who were what the world would call “underdogs” and yet by their sheer hard work, unflinching dedication and grit overcame

all kinds of obstacles and achieved success and fame even though the society at their time thought it was impossible for them to do so. The list of such men and women is not exhaustive, and there are many whose hard work remain unknown but their contributions to human society has been palpable.

Dr. Kalam was a man of action, who not only dreamt but also translated his dreams into action through single-minded dedication and sheer hard work. Thus, for him, work and effort were cornerstones to achieve success. For Kalam, work is the medium by which dreams could be made into tangible reality. Thus, he always stressed on the necessity of work and effort as an important individual asset that would act as a catalyst for realizing dreams. Some quotes in this regard are:

“If you salute your duty, you need not salute anybody. But if you pollute duty, you have to salute everybody”.

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“If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun”.

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One such “underdog” person was our former President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Born into a family of humble means, he displayed an aptitude for learning and the determination to gather knowledge at all costs. Kalam hoped to become a fighter pilot for the Indian Air Force, but he narrowly missed out from becoming one. Nevertheless, he directed his efforts to become a scientist well versed with aerophysics, nuclear and space technologies.

His determination to prevail against all odds made it possible for him to contribute positively to myriad fields such as space research, defense self-reliability, nuclear research and information technology. His life, being a constant struggle against the impossible, is a source for inspiration and motivation for all of us. In his post-Presidency period, he engaged in giving lectures and speeches throughout the country, stressing the importance of hard work and unmovable determination.

“Be active! Take on responsibility! Work for the things you believe in. If you do not, you are surrendering your fate to others”.

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

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“Without your involvement you can’t succeed. With your involvement, you can’t fail”.

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Dr. Kalam was a man of action, who not only dreamt but also translated his dreams into action through single-minded dedication and sheer hard work. Thus, for him, work and effort were cornerstones to achieve sufor learning and the determination to gather knowledge at all costs. Kalam hoped to become a fighter pilot for the Indian Air Force, but he narrowly missed out from becoming one. Nevertheless, he directed his efforts to become a scientist well versed with aerophysics, nuclear and space technologies.

His determination to prevail against all odds made it possible for him to contribute positively to myriad fields such as space research, defense self-reliability, nuclear research and information technology. His life, being a constant struggle against the impossible, is a source for inspiration and motivation for all of us. In his post-Presidency period, he engaged in giving lectures and speeches throughout the country, stressing the importance of hard work and unmovable determination.

“The bird is powered by its own life and motivation”.

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“Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around”.

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“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal”.

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As can be noted from these quotes, Dr. Adbul Kalam was a man of dreams as well as hard work. He held dreams and effort to be equally important when it came to achieving success in life. These quotes display the wisdom that he gathered from his own quest to gain knowledge and learn and it should motivate you too, whenever you feel like giving up, because it was his dream to motivate and inspire people from the present and from future generations.