My habit of reading books just after waking up in the morning keeps me motivated throughout the day.
If I read an inspirational book, I get so pumped up that I could not control myself coming up with a new blog post.
If I read the biographies of monks and Zen, I spend the rest of my day in walking down the roads around my house, searching for a peaceful place where I could remain silent and enjoy my own company.
It’s all about the words you hear and read that decide your present and future. What kind of words you listen in day-to-day life, create your destiny.
I’ve read almost every book of Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, and the exact dose of motivation I’ve always searched for, I found in his book Ignited Minds.
I’ve read Ignited Minds over five times. The best thing is whenever I read Ignited Minds, I feel a sense of great enthusiasm towards my own goals and dreams. The book is concentrated with the wisdom of life and forethought of Dr. Kalam to make India a developed nation.
If you’ve been looking for a motivation or suggestions or guidelines to take your life to a whole new level of greatness, I deliberately promote this book before you, and the readers who are consistently connected with this website.
Frankly, it can enlighten you to define your purpose in your life. As the words of Kalam says, ‘I’m writing Ignited Minds to make my young readers hear a voice that says Start Moving.’
While reading the Ignited Minds, I made some annotations which I think are the top 13 lessons I’ve learned from the book.
1. What does a nation need?
“Three types of people are needed — punya atma (virtuous people), punya neta (virtuous leaders) and punya adhikari (virtuous officers). If the population of all the three were to increase in our society, then India would become the jagadguru (world leader).
This number can be increased by introducing spiritual education in school and colleges. That which should be taught from infancy is being neglected. (The words were said by Pramukh Swami Maharaj on a discussion with A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at Swaminarayan Sanstha at Ahmedabad.)” – Ignited Minds
2. Make nature as your companion
“I have always lived in close touch with nature and have always found it a friend, giving without reservation, like the mango tree- people throw stones at it, break off its branches, but it still offers its shade to the weary traveler and its fruit to the hunger.” – Ignited Minds
3. Embrace the change
“Change is crucial. It brings new thought; new thoughts lead to innovative actions.” – Ignited Minds
4. The extraordinary project in Ignited Minds
“Maharishi Patanjali said in the Yogasutra, ‘When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.'” – Ignited Minds
5. Shall I be successful?
“Shall I be successful? I really don’t know. But what I do know is that there is no great power in heaven or on earth than the commitment to a dream. Dreams hold something of that energy which lies at the heart of all things and are the binding force that brings the spiritual and the material together.” – Ignited Minds
6. What history teaches us?
“History shows the hunger for achievement is a highly evolved one and undoubtedly the strongest one.” – Ignited Minds
7. Ignited Minds on ‘Courage’
“Success can only come to you by courageous devotion to the task lying in front of you. I can assert without fear of contradiction that the quality of the Indian mind is equal to the quality of any Teutonic, Nordic or Anglo-Saxon mind. What we lack is perhaps driving force, which takes one anywhere.” – Ignited Minds
8. Your project is bigger than you
“The only thing I’ve learned after more than forty years of working in three departments in various projects and programmers is that you will succeed as a project leader as long as you remember that the project is bigger than you. Whenever the project leader tries to make himself out to be bigger than the project, the enterprise suffers.” – Ignited Minds
9. Where are we making the mistake?
“What is it that needs to be corrected? There seems to be an attitude problem as if we cannot shake ourselves out of a mindset of limited achievement.” – Ignited Minds
10. Religion is a way of making friends
“When a nation doesn’t have a vision, small minds take over its affairs and that’s why the communal clashes are. For great men, religion is a way of making friends; small people make religion a fighting tool.” – Ignited Minds
11. Be proud of the achievements
“I call to my people to rise to greatness. What are the forces which lead to the rise or fall of nations? And what are the factors which go to make a nation strong: a collective pride in its achievements, unity and the ability for combined actions.” – Ignited Minds
12. Problems are the opportunities
“If something is at stake, the human mind gets ignited and working capacity gets enhanced manifold. Challenges throw up opportunities. Once one selects a task, one should get immersed in it. Either you will succeed or fail: that risk will always be there. This should not deter you. When you fail, you still have the experience gained to draw upon in the future.” – Ignited Minds
13. Role of a teacher
“A teacher once said, ‘Give me a five-year-old child. After seven years, no God or Devil will be able to change the child. ‘Will all teachers be such gurus?'” – Ignited Minds
What is the lesson in Ignited Minds by A.P.J Abdul Kalam that has inspired you? Go ahead and list them in the comments below.