Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s life story is full of inspirational anecdotes. It is nothing short of awe-inspiring and is filled with amazing lessons! Everyone, be it a distance learning student or an experienced professional can take inspiration from him and here’s how.


Humble beginnings shouldn’t stop you from dreaming big

Everyone knows that Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam came from a humble background, but did you know that he had to sell newspapers as a child to supplement his family’s income? Yet he went on to become India’s president. His life story proves that you do not need to be born into royalty to taste success in life. With education, hard work, dedication and persistence, you can achieve your dream.


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Never lose heart because of setbacks


Can you believe Dr. Kalam dreamt of becoming a fighter pilot and missed out on his dream when he lost out in the Indian Air Force qualifiers by just one spot!

But here’s what sets achievers apart- they use failure as a stepping stone to success!  Dr. Kalam did not lose heart and considered other avenues; he joined the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation and was later transferred to ISRO where he directed the launch of India’s first satellite launch vehicle and went on to be known as the Missile Man of India.

Always stick by your beliefs and principles


Dr. A.P.J. Adbul Kalam went on to become the 11th President of India and was popularly known as People’s President. But during his tenure of President, Dr. Kalam was often criticised by many of his political peers. However, that did not steer Dr. Kalam away from his ideals.

All his decisions undertaken as the President were for the benefit of the citizens of the country. Dr. Kalam never succumbed under political pressure to patronise or take populist decisions to please a certain section of the society for political gains.

Even as the President, Dr. Kalam led a simple life and never misused his position for financial gains. This is the biggest inspiration for any person as this aspect of Dr. Kalam’s life teaches us that we cannot please everyone and if we try to please everyone, we may not progress in life.

All in all, Dr.Kalam’s life is proof of how you can go on to achieve greatness by harnessing the power of knowledge!



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