Sunday, 7 August 2016

“Why is the Success Rate in the Children of Military People Higher? Example of Bollywood Actor, Akshay Kumar” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“My dad was a Punjabi from Amritsar, and my mom is a Punjabi from Kashmir. My dad was a soldier in the Indian Army.” ― Akshay Kumar

“Superstars come and go. I want to make sure I am always a producer's actor. I may be refused to be called a great actor but I have never troubled any of my producers in my life. Honesty always catches the camera, and that is what my strength is.” ― Akshay Kumar

When you observe Akshay Kumar, Ajay Banga, Arnab Goswami, Karan Thapar, Prahlad Kakkar, Tarun Tahiliani, Vinod Khosla, Soumitra Dutta (Dean who wrote foreword for one of my 30 leadership books), Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Anushka Sharma, Preity Zinta, Neha Dhupia and Gul Panag, their parents served in Indian Armed Forces.  

I am a keen observer of success people in the world. I am passionate about observing the successes and failures of people, and of course, mostly about successful people. I have been observing the children of military people achieving success in spite of odds stacked against them. Whether it is in the film industry or any other area, the children of military personnel perform their best. I found them acquiring great qualities from their parents such as rising early, being punctual, disciplined and dedicated. They are good time managers with work ethics and professionalism. One Indian actor who proudly talks about his military background is Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar whose father served in Indian Army. He is honest, down-to-earth and humble. He is a family man and a home bird. He has a great attitude and seldom criticizes others. He works hard, manages his time effectively and enjoys vacationing with his family. He is resilient. He survived in the Indian film industry for more than two decades because of these qualities without any film industry lineage.

My Experience in Indian Air Force

I served in Indian Air Force and always take pride in wearing uniform and serving my nation as a soldier. I have the habit of observing the success of military people and their children. There are a number of reasons for their success. They encounter several hardships in military and have the ability to get along with other communities and cultures. They have fraternity and camaraderie. They have higher emotional intelligence than civilians. They respect all cultures and communities. They see similarities, not differences. They are flexible and adaptable; and bounce back from failures quickly.  They move to different locations to due to postings to their parents, and have the ability to get adjusted with inclement weather conditions. They undergo several challenges due to relocation to different places and typically attend several schools. It gives them unique and rich experience which is missing in civilians. They become amicable and adjustable and jell with others easily. They are tolerant towards others.  They are adventurous and risk takers. In fact, risk is an integral part of their lives. They explore and experiment and learn lessons from their mistakes quickly. They demonstrate positive attitude and winning spirit.  

Real Leaders Grow from Challenges

The children of military people are exposed to the outside world, and are aware of the challenges and ground realities. They become empathetic. They are great communicators and network with others easily. They can work in team and build teams successfully and excel as leaders. They overcome insurmountable obstacles in armed forces and become courageous and great decision makers. They make friends easily and value friendship more because they are away from their relatives. They are warm, friendly and helpful. Above all, the patriotic fervor runs high in them. Hence, their success rate is higher.

Real leaders grow from challenges.  The children of military people undergo several trials and tribulations due to different geographical locations, climates and multiple schools, and grow as true leaders. Although we cannot conclude that the children of military people alone succeed but it is fact that their success rate is certainly higher than their counterparts in civil life. Jai Hind!

Note: This article is dedicated to the children of military people for growing as leaders and coming out with flying colors in spite of facing several hardships.

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Professor M.S.Rao, India
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Recipient of 10th International Prestigious Sardar Patel Award―2015

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  1. Hats off sir..! I personally appreciate this article because each and everything is so true.The environment in which the children grew is so inspiring and so disciplined,that they become responsible citizens. Thank you sir !

    1. Hi Shreya,
      Thanks for your kind comments and continued support. I appreciate your passion to learn and grow. I am sure you will grow as a great woman leader in future.