Almost everyone has read, “Wings of Fire” by our beloved people’s president APJ Abdul Kalam Sir. Sadly, I did not. I decided to change that and downloaded the kindle version of the book from Amazon.
Needless to say, the book is fascinating and enlightening. It contains many nuggets of practical wisdom from Kalam Sir.
His journey from a simple boy in Rameswaram to the architect of India’s missile program is nothing short of legendary.
Instead of doing a traditional book review, I thought of doing something different this time. I decided to post some valuable,” take-aways” from this book.
These take-aways are actually sayings of great insight and perception. These come from a man who has seen, observed, learnt and then implemented them during his life.
Without any ado, let us have a look at these gems! [While these sayings are self-explanatory, I have tried putting explanations for some posts for better understanding]
"Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts."
Moral: You can’t force your decisions on your children. Every-one wants their children to be an engineer or a doctor, but not every child can become one, since every child is special in his/her own right.
“A Good student could learn more from a bad teacher than a poor student from even a skilled teacher.”
"To succeed in life and achieve results, you must understand and master three mighty forces” desire, belief, and expectation."
Moral: This follows exactly what the holy Gita proclaims: – Do your job with total dedication and sincerity, but do not expect results.
"He who knows others is learned, but the wise one is the one who knows himself. Learning without wisdom is of no use."
Moral :Look inwards. Understand your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you in conquering your ego and help you in achieving your goals.
“There are boundaries that dictate life: you can only lift so much weight; you can only learn so fast; you can only work so hard; you can only go so far!”
“The best way to win was to not need to win. The best performances are accomplished when you are relaxed and free of doubt.” “Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around”.
“How good is a leader? No better than his people and their commitment and participation in the project as full partners!” “Anyone who has taken up the responsibility to lead a team can be successful only if he is sufficiently independent, powerful and influential in his own right to become a person to reckon with”
“If you want to leave your footprints on the sands of time do not drag your feet”
"What you imagine, is what will transpire. What you believe is what you will achieve,"
Moral: This is the power of positive thinking. If you think positive – good things will happen. Conversely, good things will not happen – if you do not think positive.
"No matter what you achieve, you should never be completely satisfied and should always be searching for ways to prove yourself,"
Moral : Complacency is the mother of failure. Enough said!
Reading Wings of fire was an experience for me. It was like learning from the guru himself. I will definitely try to implement some of the things mentioned in the book.