“2 things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.” ~ quoted on HTST Facebook page
A GUEST POST from my friend Krishna on his inspiration in life.
People get inspired either by the life stories of great people or by motivational books and videos. But I have a different story to share. I have got inspired by 3 people…
Like for many, my father Mr. Murthy is my first and greatest inspiration. My father has always been passionate about learning throughout life.
Back in early 1980s, due to financial constraints, he was forced to join a job after completing his diploma course. Then within a year, my grandpa passed away and the responsibility of the entire family fell on him, which included getting 3 of his sisters married. He himself was yet to marry and get settled. But the tough times didn’t diminish his passion.
Even with all this happening, he studied for a degree in electrical engineering from JNTU in Anantapur through evening classes, along with his day job. After a decade, he pursued a post-graduate diploma in project management from Hyderabad Central University through distance education. This passion for learning passed on to me at an early age and has inspired me to keep learning always (one reason why I did my engineering!).
And here comes my second person – Mallik, a friend from intermediate college. He inspired me to fearlessly express my opinion. He never hesitated to give his, even if it was negative and encouraged me to do the same. He said – “It is ok to share your thoughts face to face even if they are negative, because it might help the other person to rethink”. Many a time my friends appreciate me for expressing my views frankly, but all credit actually goes to him.
The third inspiration is not a single person. It is a group of people, and they are my seniors from my engineering college in Machilipatnam. Usually, alumni donate money, books or articles. But my seniors took it a step ahead.
My senior Hari Krishna and his friends (2000-04 batch) used to conduct mock interviews and group discussion sessions among themselves to sharpen their skills. He was the most active of the lot and led these sessions.
Hari Krishna died in a road accident in 2003.
After graduating and getting jobs, as a tribute to Hari Krishna, his friends initiated a college event called Hari Krishna Talent Search Test (HTST) in 2006. This event organized once a year, helps students in preparing for the professional world primarily by giving interview tips and career guidance. Students can also email the group with queries all round the year.
By this act, they showed gratitude not just to Hari Krishna but also to the college. And this inspired not only me, but a lot of my batch mates.
After entering the corporate world, we too joined hands with them and became actively involved in organizing this event. (I have been a part of this event ever since I graduated 3+ years ago.)
I have some more people on my inspiration list, but will end it here. I don’t need just books or videos. My inspiration comes from real people in real life around me.