Saturday, 28 February 2015

“Create an Identity for Yourself in this World to Excel as an International Celebrity”– Professor M.S.Rao

"Success is not fame or fortune; it is picking up that burden and keep on walking and not letting the pain trip you up."  - Maya Angelou

Young people in India are inspired by great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Nethaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh to name a few. Some of them are inspired by APJ Abdul Kalam who rose from humble origins despite facing several hardships and failures. It is great to note that some of the Indian youth identify themselves with Kalam and want to become like him. However, they aspire to achieve greatness easily and quickly which is not a healthy sign.  They must understand the fact that it is not easy to become like Kalam because Kalam did not achieve success overnight. He worked hard for many years as a scientist. He faced many failures as a scientist and encountered innumerable challenges in his profession.  Since he was passionate to science and technology, he persevered when odds were stacked against him.  Govt of India recognized his contribution to the nation and elevated him as the President of India. He was admired unlike other Indian former presidents who remained as mere ceremonial heads. Kalam walked his talk and inspired millions of Indian youth. Gradually he gained acceptance and is revered by many Indians in India especially by Indian youth.

Work Hard to be Worthy of Recognition 

Lynda Graton of London Business School once remarked, “Gen Y has three paradoxes: short-term focus, but equally committed; tech savvy, but values face-to-face interaction; and craves recognition, but not necessarily more trophies.” Indian youth must understand these three paradoxes. They must realize the struggles and sacrifices made by several Indian leaders. It was not a cakewalk for these leaders to rise to the tipping point. Some of the leaders who struggled and sacrificed died as unsung heroes because all leaders don’t hit the limelight. Therefore, Indian youth must understand the pain and sacrifices made by these leaders to come up to top level. They must also work hard like these leaders with patience and perseverance without looking for any rewards. When they look for recognition, they may not be able to earn it. In contrast, when they work for satisfaction they will be able to earn recognition as a byproduct. Even if there is no recognition, they will earn satisfaction as they contributed their best for themselves and others.  

Create a Space for Yourself

Currently there is a cut-throat competition in the world. Most of the Indian youth are intelligent with innumerable opportunities. To stand out from others, they must be able to identify the unexplored areas and work on them relentlessly and consistently. They must create a space for themselves by exploring the niche areas. It leads to carving an identity for themselves. They must consistently invest their efforts in the same area throughout their lives to excel as experts and thought leaders. In the long run, they excel as international thought leaders and celebrities. This journey requires lots of patience and perseverance.  They must do research regularly to identify the unexplored areas that have a huge potential in the long run. They must be ready to sacrifice their personal time and struggle very hard to make a mark for themselves. Above all, they must be willing to make a difference in the lives of others.  


To summarize, identify the unexplored areas through research and work on them to create a space for yourself in this world. Invest your efforts consistently with a broad vision. Don’t take setbacks and failures personally.  Learn lessons from failures and move forward aggressively. Over a period of time, you will excel as an international celebrity thus providing meaning to your life.  

"We can secure other people's approval, if we do it right and try hard; but our own is worth a hundred of it." -- Mark Twain

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