Sunday, October 11, 2015

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's speech at R.V Institute of Technology (July 21, 2015)

October 15 would have been Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's 84th birthday if he was alive. As I have noted in an earlier article, he was people's president. He was a genuine teacher who enlightened so many all over the world.

Here below I quote an excerpt from one of his lectures. It is full of wisdom and can benefit anyone interested to learn from the mouth of one of the most wise men of our time. It was given on July 21, 2015-  just six days before his death at R.V Institute of Technology. Bijnor, India.

"Be a lamp, a life boat and a ladder. 
Help someone’s soul heal. 
Walk out of your house like a shepherd."
-- Jalaluddin Rumi
(13th Century Persian Sufi Poet)

"A nation’s economic development is powered by competitiveness. Competitiveness is powered by knowledge. Knowledge is powered by technology. Technology is powered by innovation. Technology and innovation are powered by resource investment. Innovation opens up new vistas of knowledge and new dimensions to our imagination to make everyday life more meaningful and richer in depth and content. Innovation is born out of creativity. 
In a knowledge society, we have to make innovations continuously. Innovations come through creativity. Creativity comes from beautiful minds. It can be anywhere and any part of the world. It may start from a fisherman hamlet or a farmer’s household or a dairy farm or cattle breeding center or it could emanate from classrooms or labs or industries or R&D centers. Creativity has multi dimensions like inventions, discoveries and innovations. Creative mind has the ability to imagine or invent something new by combining, changing or reapplying existing ideas. Creative person has an attitude to accept change and newness, a willingness to play with ideas and possibilities, a flexibility of outlook, the habit of enjoying the good, while looking for ways to improve it. Creativity is a process through which, we can continuously improve ideas and find unique solutions by making gradual alterations and refinements to our works. The important aspect of creativity is seeing the same thing as everybody else, but thinking of something different. Innovation and creativity ultimately results into the culture of excellence.
Excellence in thinking and action is the foundation for any mission. What is excellence? Friends, you all belong to the youth community, which should stand for culture of excellence. Moreover, excellence is not by accident. It is a process, where an individual or organization or nation continuously strives to better oneself. The performance standards are set by themselves, they work on their dreams with focus and are prepared to take calculated risks and do not be deterred by failures as they move towards their dreams. Then they step up their dreams, as they tend to reach the original targets. They strive to work to their potential, in the process, they increase their performance thereby multiplying further their potential, and this is an unending life cycle phenomenon. They are not in competition with anyone else, but themselves. That is the culture of excellence. I am sure; each one of you will aspire to become unique with culture of excellence." - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

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