What Indian Startup Industry can learn from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

On Monday, 27th July, India saw the departure of one of its most visionary leaders. Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam suffered a heart attack in the midst of his speak at IIM Shillong. The 11th President of the India most remembered for humility, his knowledge and his vision.
Drawing inspiration from the life of the ‘Missile Man of India’, there are tremendous leanings you can gain from him. People from all walks of life can have something to learn from him. There however seems to be a particular section of India that may benefit the most from the lessons shared—the booming start-up industry of India.

The recent start-up Industry has been a live eco-system of bustling economic investments and growing times in India, coinciding in lines with the visionary A P J Kalam. We bring you a roundup of what it takes Indian start-ups to follow the lessons that Dr. Kalam had led for them to follow—
“You have to dream before your dreams can come true”
For most start-up entrepreneurs, this is not a tough one to follow, for they have already taken their first steps towards their dreams. What is important is that you not just dream about launching your business, but see for yourself to be leaders in the area of your niche.
“Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.”
While you may struggle to meet the right investors who believe in you and your team, the clients who are willing to take the risk in your ventures, your entrepreneurial streak will meet the lows more often than the highs. Do not beat yourself down with the difficulties that you meet, learn from them and develop on them. These difficulties act as your incentives to savour your successes.

“A leader must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity.”
The Indian start-up industry must understand one crucial thing—it is more than just an idea in your head that makes a venture successful. It is also the effort of a leader who is willing to take the chances. There have been a lot of case study samples of stat up successes in India, like Flipkart, Snapdeal, Ola and Housing that are more than just ideas. They are at the very core of it, effective leadership and a great team. Reflect your company values in your business.
“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.”
You are driving the operations of what is deemed one of the largest, most responsive consumer markets in the world. Start-ups to the very ‘T’ of its establishment are about a much-focussed goal-driven venture. You are expected to work twice as hard to sow the seeds for the foundation of a fruitful business for the future. Be driven by what makes you completely passionate about what you do!

At the age of 83, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam passed away doing what he loved doing most— educating, teaching young minds. Leaving the young minds of Indian start-ups with one last thought from Dr. Kalam,
“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 succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.”
You will be missed, Sir !!

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