International Motivational Speaker Simerjeet' Singh's Blog

Stretch your imagination! – Pradeep Shukla shows the way…

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”

Vincent T. Lombardi

During my frequent interaction with the Youth I often come across a common pattern of complaining about all the missing resources, which if present would somehow be a magic wand for success. Lack of time, money, guidance, opportunities, luck and encouragement top the list. Other excuses are – ‘I come from a small town’, ‘My communication skills are not good enough’ and numerous others are a part of the endless list to which we attribute our own failure to make decisions and take decisive action.

Time and again, we come across individuals who prove that success depends more on resourcefulness than resources. One such individual is Mr. Pradeep Shukla from Allahabad University. His achievement has really inspired me and has helped me to stretch my own imagination.

Pradeep Shukla has cleared the Civil Services Examination in his first attempt and secured 427th rank in the toughest examination of our nation. Here is what is striking about Pradeep’s achievement – Pradeep Shukla is the son of Betel Leaf Seller (Paanwaalah), who makes a living from a makeshift shop just outside the Magistrate’s Office in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Today, his 60 year old father Chandan Guru is a proud man. His Father supplemented his income by working as a labourer and performed other menial tasks so that his son could fulfil his aspirations. Pradeep’s siblings had to drop out of their studies after class XII. The family knew of Pradeep’s brilliance and his drive and was willing to make sacrifices.

India needs more sons like Pradeep Shukla and more fathers like Chandan Guru in every town and village. Imagine the possibilities in a world where we all are living up to our highest potential, defying the statistics and challenging the status quo and questioning the way ‘it’s always been done’.

I salute the vision, the determination, the sacrifices and the hard work of the Shukla Family. Their achievement is a source of inspiration for all those who are fighting against the odds.
(Source IANS,, Friday 8th May, 2009)

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