Indian Achievers who Didn’t Quit

by Michelle Fortes

Here are some Indian Achievers who have made it big through hard
work and determination.

1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, one of the greatest cricketers from India was
born in a lower-middle class family. To support his family, Dhoni
took up the job of a train ticket examiner in the Indian Railways from
2000 to 2003. He was selected for the Indian Cricket Team in 2004.
Dhoni captained the Indian national team in all three formats of the
game. He is the only captain to win all ICC tournament cups- World
T20 (2007), Cricket World Cup (2011) and Champions Trophy (2013).

2. Dhirubhai Ambani
The late Dhirubhai Ambani was born in a middle class family. His
father was a school teacher. Ambani moved to Yemen at the age of
16. He worked there as a petrol pump attendant and as a clerk in an
oil company. He returned to India in 1958 with Rs 50,000 and set up
a textile trading company. This company is now one of the largest
business houses in India.

3. Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth, a very successful movie star was born in a poor family.
He started doing small jobs in Bengaluru and Chennai, including that of a coolie, carpenter and bus conductor. While working as a bus
conductor, he came across an advertisement offering acting classes
and enrolled in it. During his acting course, he was noticed by Tamil
film director K. Balachander and the rest is history.

4. Dr. Abdul Kalam
The late Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, faced a lot of challenges. He was
born into a poor family. His father was a boat owner. To help his
family, Kalam sold newspapers. With limited resources, he graduated
in Physics and studied aerospace engineering. Dr. Kalam joined
Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as a
scientist and went on to head the organization. In 2002, he became
the 11th President of India.

5. Narayana Murthy
Narayana Murthy, who is called the father of the Indian IT Sector
has not always been successful. His first venture, a company named
Softronics, failed in about a year and a half after its start. After the
failure of his first venture, Murthy joined Patni Computer Systems
and worked there for five years. He then founded Infosys in 1981
along with six software professionals and Rs. 10,000/- provided by
his wife Sudha Murthy from her savings. Now, Infosys is the second
largest India based IT Services Company.

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