IT’S ALL ABOUT TAKING THE FIRST STEP!!
“Even the GREATEST was once a BEGINNER,
Don’t be afraid to take that FIRST STEP!”
A baby’s first few years are marked by many milestones, his first wobbly steps being a major developmental leap. Rewind the time machine of your life to the day of your first walk, first word you uttered, your first day to school. For all the stages in life, it’s always been your “first step” which has been perhaps the most difficult thing to achieve your dream.
The life of the great LEADERS has never been a “cakewalk”. They made a difference because they had the courage to take “The FIRST STEP”!
Let’s have a look at the life stories of some of the famous personalities. Their story of “Rags to Riches”!
- GULSHAN KUMAR , MUSICIAN/SINGER
Gulshan Dua, famous as Gulshan Kumar was the founder of T-Series music label. Born in a Punjabi Hindu family, he started working early with his father in Delhi. When his family acquired a shop selling records and cheap cassettes, this was the beginning of a vast music empire. Within no time, he became the founder of Super Cassettes Industries and later started off with a production house in Noida. He also introduced music cassettes at highly subsidized prices. He was assassinated on July 12, 1997 and now his son Bhushan Kumar runs his music company.
- RAJNIKANTH, ACTOR
Rajnikanth, the famous actor, media personality and cultural icon was born to mother Jijabai and father Ramoji Rao Gaikwad, a police constable in Banglore. He worked in the Banglore Transport Service (BTS) as a bus conductor. He began to take part in stage plays after Kannada playwright and director Topi Muniappa offered him a chance to act in mythological moral plays. Since then, there was no looking back. He emerged as a Tamil megastar from 70s till present. He won various state film awards, best actor awards, Filmfare and Padma Bhushan. Other than acting he also worked as a producer and screenwriter. After being paid INR 26 Crore (US$ 4.5 million), he became the second highest paid actor in Asia.
- DHIRUBHAI AMBANI, BUSINESSMAN
Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani better known as ‘Dhirubhai Ambani’, the famous Business Tycoon and the founder of Reliance Industries has been only one of few to be figured in the list of top 50 businessmen in Asia. His parents Hirachandbhai, a school teacher, and Jamanaben lived an impoverished dignity with two daughters and three sons. He once procured a tin of groundnut oil on credit from local wholesaler and sold the oil in retail on the roadside. The few rupees he earned as profit gave to his mother. After completing his matriculation at the age of 16, he travelled to Aden in Yemen where he worked as an attendant and then as a clerk in oil company. He opened his first textile mill at Naroda in Ahmednagar. By 2007, the combined fortune of the family was $ 60 billion, making Ambani’s the second richest family in the world. Ambani died on July 6, 2002.
- A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM, SCIENTIST/ADMINISTRATOR
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam usually referred to as Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is an Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th President of India. Kalam was born in a very poor Tamil Muslim family and in order to support his family he started working as a newspaper seller at an early age. In his school days, he had average grades but was described as bright and sincere student. He had a strong desire to learn and would spend hours on his studies, especially mathematics. He graduated in physics and opted for aerospace engineering for further studies. His prominent role in India’s 1998 nuclear weapons established him as a national hero.
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This is just the beginning!! A lot is yet to be covered. Keep visiting our blog to get a sneak peak of the lives and the struggle of other great personalities too.