The will to achieve sucess: examples from the real worldMore often than not, we resign to our fate, or what we call as "fate". We really never ever understand that fate itself, is something that happens, in spite of all our efforts, but not without them.
The "them" above refers to all our efforts.
Here is a very small example. We have to make an urgent trip to a location some 500 kms away for some personal work. No way can we ever get a train reservation. The best alternative is to try for a reputed AC sleeper bus of a private operator. The guy who drives the bus, drives our moment, our fate at that point in time. Many such buses stop at some motel for the driver to have a cup of hot tea. So that he becomes fresh. So, our effort is limited to the best possible alternative.
Cut to tougher things. Every entrepreneur wants to achieve something. But innovation has to go along with the will to serve the customer.
A very intelligent guy at Chrompet, a superb of Chennai, saw a huge market for what are called side dishes and the main items of sambar and rasam in most homes. Particularly apartments. He got in touch with them and when he understood the real need, got going. Cook and supply small quantities of sambar, rasam and the vegetable based side dishes. So,the tired housewife needs to just make rice. Dinner ready. A win win situation for both.
A lady sells just iddli for a living from a slum. The son comes out with flying colors in his plus 2 exam, goes on to do engineering from the prestigious PSG college at Coimbatore, and then goes on to do the MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. The strong willed mother is flown to IIMA to share her experiences of her will. She does it, in Tamil. It gets translated to English.
Tears roll down her cheeks. Most in the audience cry too. The boy's name is Sarath Baabu, founder and CEO of " Dosa king". His struggle to get there and become the owner of an enterprise now employing so many people is an ideal case study of what and how hard work, combined with the will to achieve, can do.
The mother still maintains the same hut in North Chennai.
There are so many such examples. Ravichandran Ashwin, Virat Kohli, the late MGR, Medha Patkar are some names that come to mind. The list is endless, though.