Dr Abdul Kalam’s visit to Escorts
It was an honor to have Dr. APJ Abdul #Kalam visit Escorts and address the young engineers. The man known as a #missile-man of India and the one who has developed many for India’s space program. He is also one of our greatest scientist and a team member behind the ‘#Mission-Mars’ project. This prestigious project was developed at one third the price of #NASA and in his words, “We are keeping our fingers crossed and by September if all goes well, we will be the first country in the world to go as near to Mars than anyone else till date. We have cameras and we will capture pictures of this red planet and it will be one if it’s kind”.
We invited him to speak to our young engineers and the idea was simply to have a rub off with great thinkers like him. He spoke about #technology and #innovation for a competitive #India. And he started by saying, “What worked yesterday will not work today” and gave examples by saying, “Yesterday , natural resources defined power, today knowledge is power. Yesterday, hierarchy was the model, today synergy is the model. Yesterday, leaders commanded and controlled, today leaders empower and coach. Yesterday, shareholders came first, today customers come first. Yesterday, employees took orders, today team make decisions.”
At the end of the speech, there were few Q&A’s and one of our colleague asked him “Sir what was the most memorable moment of yours as the President of India? ” and he replied, ” While I was the President, I had my routine visits of people every day around 4pm and on one particular day we had invited few tribal people for a cup of tea. I asked everyone in a group about their dreams. And one hand went up and this boy was blind and he said that his dream was to become the first blind president of India. I was very taken a back by his determination and asked my office to keep track of his progress. I later learned that he got admitted to one our finest institute in India and came in the top five rank and a few years later got into the MIT institute at #USA!”
If you have the passion and determination then there is nothing stopping even a blind man! I was truly moved by this narration. I told myself that its such a pity to see people who lack vision, while you can’t stop anyone even if it were a blind man in this case. God bless him, who knows he just may become the next president of India! And I hope he does….
Dr kalam advised everyone to write one page about “What would you like to be remembered for? You should write that on a page and that page will one day become the most important page of your life and your country ….. Dream big, think big ! ”
At the end as Dr Kalam said, ” Most importantly the one who works with integrity also succeeds with integrity”
Its now time for you to write your page. And go after it because blind men have more vision it seems.. God bless!