In this post, I will share with you some of the best and great advice, specifically chosen from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam motivational speeches and writings.
Being a renowned scientist and engineer, Dr. A P J Abdul kalam served as the 11th president of India from the year 2002 to 2007. He was also a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the ‘Bharat Ratna‘ (India’s highest civilian honour.)
Dr. Kalam has been recognized in India as the ‘People’s President‘ for his inspiring charisma and people-loving personality, but also he has been recognized worldwide with the nickname as ‘the missile man of India‘ for his remarkable scientific achievements.
His messages are so powerful and inspiring that it can enormously ignite the minds of youth all over the world.
Here I’ve compiled 10 motivational excerpts from some of the best Abdul Kalam Motivational speeches and messages. Read on…
12 Great Advice For The Youth, by Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam (Specifically chosen from APJ Abdul Kalam Motivational Speeches and writings)
1. On becoming a Unique You
“Every youth wants to be unique – that is YOU!”
“But the world around you is doing its best day and night to make you just everybody else!”
“Now, the question is whether you want to be ‘YOU’ or ‘EVERYBODY ELSE’?”
“You want to be You? Not everybody else..”
“The challenge; therefore my young friends, is that – you have to fight the hardest battle, which any human being can ever imagine to fight, and never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place! that’s the UNIQUE YOU.“
“To get to the ‘UNIQUE YOU’ is a big battle. It is the battlement in which you don’t need to take a gun, but 4 unique tools you must have in that battle:
1. Set the Goal
2. Acquire the knowledge continuously
3. Hard work with devotion
If you have these four tools, definitely you will arrive at your destined place by becoming a unique you!”
2. On Creativity and knowledge
Dr Abdul Kalam almost made a million children to verbally repeat the following verses he created, whenever he conducts motivational speech in schools and educational institutions all across the nation.
“Learning gives creativity
creativity leads to thinking
thinking provides knowledge
knowledge makes you great!”
Dr. Abdul Kalam strongly believed in the transcendental power of creativity and knowledge.
He always wanted to make a lasting imprint in the mind of the youth about the importance of acquiring knowledge for success in life and career.
3. On managing failure
“I want the young people to understand how to manage the failure; because any worthwhile task you do, you always have to come across problems.”
“Problem should not become the captain of the individual or a Project-chief, instead you should become the captain of the problems, and then defeat the problem and succeed.“
“We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.”
To get a clear insight about ‘how to manage failure’ you can watch a video on YouTube in which Dr. Abdul Kalam beautifully narrates an incident happened in his life, during the year 1979 and 1980, while he was the mission director of a Satellite launching mission.
4. On Leadership
“For any political leadership, technological leadership or business leadership, one leader should have 6 traits.
1. Leader must have a VISION. (Without a vision, you will not be a leader.)
2. Leader must be able to travel into an unexplored path.
(As opposed to the common tendency of following the known and safe path.)
3. Leader must know how to manage success, and most importantly ‘how to manage failure.’
4. Leader must have the courage to take the decisions
5. Leader should have a nobility in management
(You should be noble in character and every action you take should be like transparent.)
6. A leader should work with integrity and succeed with integrity
(You should be honest and must have strong moral principles)”
5. On making decisions
“What is the secret of success?
How do you make right decisions?
How do you gain experience?
Have the courage to make strong decisions in life. Even if it’s wrong, you will gain experience. And your experience will allow you to make the right decisions and eventually it makes you successful.
6. On having Peace
“Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character.
When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home.
When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation.
when there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.”
7. On dealing with difficulty
Like every great personalities, who believe opportunities lies in difficulties; Abdul Kalam says,
“This is my belief: that through difficulties and problems God gives us the opportunity to grow.
So when your hopes, dreams and goals are dashed , search among the wreckage, you may find a golden opportunity hidden in the ruins.”
“Man needs his difficulties, because they are necessary to enjoy success!”
8. On finding Courage
“When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had.
And it is only when we are faced with failure, do we realize that these resources were always there
within us. we only need to find them and move on with our lives…”
9. On having Affirmations
Affirmations are powerful methods to develop a positive mindset through regular mental self-talk.
“Speak the following 5 lines to yourself every morning.”
1. I am the best.
2. I can do it.
3. God is always with me.
4. I am a winner.
5. Today is my day!
Related: 100 Law of Attraction Affirmations that Works like Miracle
10. On having Dreams
“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”
“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal!”
“Dream, Dream, Dream. Dream transform into thoughts and thoughts results in action.”
“Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended!”
11. On imagination and Invention
“Invention and discoveries have emanated from creative minds, that have been constantly working
and imagining the outcome in the mind.
With imagination and constant effort, all the forces of the universe work for that inspired mind,
thereby leading to inventions and discoveries.”
12. Abdul Kalam’s personal message
“My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent,
to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible, and to conquer the problems and
“These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.”
LIFE and TIME are the world’s best teachers. Life teaches us to make good use of time, and time teaches us the value of life. ~ Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam
I feel so grateful to have lived in the times of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, and today (as of writing this post) is the 298th day after his sad demise on 27th July 2015.
With deep respect and admiration, I believe that, his motivational messages and legacy will transcend the mind of youth unceasingly, generations after generations!