Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is an Indian scientist and administrator. He was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. Kalam is popularly known as the Missile Man of Indian for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology. Kalam advocated plans to develop India into a developed nation by 2020 in his book India 2020. He has received several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour. Kalam is known for his motivational speeches and interaction with the student community in India.
Kalam, a man of technology, has spent all his life learning rocketry. Wernher von Braun was a scientist, designer, product engineer, administrator and technology manager, all rolled into one. . Kalam was filled with awe at the personality of Von Braun. During the flight in the Avro aircraft from Chennai to Trivandrum, Kalam had occasion to observe the qualities of Von Braun. Von Braun asked many questions about the missile work of Kalam and listened to his replies with rapt attention like a student. As advised by Wernher Von Braun, Kalam made rocketry his religion Kalam never expected the father of modern rocketry to be so humble, attentive and encouraging. Von Braun made Kalam feel comfortable throughout the ninety-minute flight from Chennai to Tumba.
Three deaths in the family depressed Kalam. He lost interest in life. To overcome all these tragedies he needed total commitment to his SLV work. He also stopped thinking of his family, relations and friends. Nothing outside the SLV circle ever came into his mind. He put a hold button on his life outside the circle of SLV. This shows Kalam’s single-minded devotion towards his goal.
Individuals like Kalam are called workaholics. But Kalam did not like the term “workaholic” because it implies an illness. He says that to succeed in our life we must have single-minded devotion to our goal. Sometimes we work towards that which we desire more than anything else does in the world. There is no hurry and no distractions to the worker’s attention. There would no more difference between the workers and work. In addition, The worker would flow into the work. Kalam and his team experienced his flow.
Kalam says that to succeed in our life we must have single-minded devotion to our goal. Sometimes we work towards that which we desire more than anything else does in the world. If we are charged with total commitment to our work, the next thing we require is good health coupled with boundless energy.