Have you ever encountered a person who has left a lasting impression ? Someone who is #madeofgreat? I am sharing this story about my experience with a guy I have known since few years now.
This story is my submission to the #madeofgreat Contest by Tata Motors.
I always considered myself to be an antisocial, moody and rude person until I came across this Guy, lets refer to him as Mr X.
Why Antisocial? I generally do not like to be in huge gatherings with strangers, will prefer to be with my close circle of friends who know me very well.
Why Moody? I will talk when I want to and not when people want to. Couldn’t help it but I have improved a lot these days. Yes I have.
Why Rude? Now that I am this very straightforward person, I will always speak up what I think, mostly people find it rude. This is also the reason why I prefer talking less.
Okay wait I am not going to talk about myself here, but about this Mr X.
So Mr. X’s ( an IT guy) previous employer happens to be my employer’s previous Vendor Company. I remember I first spoke to him over call, this is few years back probably in 2011 or 2012, and soon after the call I went to my colleague and asked ” Who is this Mr. X?”
Colleague – “He is the IT Operations Manager and handles this Data Center Team there.”
I could sense, the guy on the other end of the call was a young guy, somewhere in his early twenties and the thing which caught my attention was a super confident voice and some thing weird about his attitude. After this whenever I interacted with him over call it was always a brief & strictly professional call and every time I found some weirdness about the way he spoke. I used to be a little curious, but I could never find a way to find out what was wrong with him. While he worked and stayed at Ahmedabad, I remember him coming for official visits few times, to my office in Vadodara. He would come, meet my manager, get this work done and leave. My interaction with him was a just like a Client – Vendor sorts of which was hardly 5-6 times over Call. This continued till late 2014, till he shifted from Ahmedabad to Vadodara as he left that company and had a job change. By November 2014 we were living in the same residential flats, just few minutes walk from each other’s place.
During this time from what I observed him, I was able to make out that he was not someone who would connect with people instantly, or make many friends or greet people on seeing them. It took some time to connect with him and get in to his circle of people so I could put my questions to him. Below is his story as narrated to me.
Mr X, lived in hyderabad, lost his parents in a Car crash at the age of 11 in the year 2000. He has a younger brother two years younger than him. When none of his relatives came forward for any sort of help, the principal of his school arranged for their stay in a room in the school compound, where both the brothers continued to live for next two years alone. During this time, he worked in telephone booths, Bakery shops to make some money. Next two years they managed to find a sponsor who took care of their expenses and lived with them in Secunderabad. Both the brothers who lived a lavish life while their parents were alive as their father was posted in BOI as a Manager and mother as Assistant Manager in the Telangana Spinning and Weaving Mills back in 1997, had to face the worst days of their life in the next few years. They moved to a Orphanage in Nellore in the year 2004 where getting daily meals was difficult as the Orphanage did not have good donors in those days. After this he left the Orphanage, while his brother continued to live there and did his schooling. He started working at a Tea stall at Chennai, did mobile repairing, and finally his good english skills got him a job in a Call Centre. From there on he moved to Delhi, Mumbai and finally reached Ahmedabad in 2008 and started his career in IT.
- From earning Rs 1500/- at the Call Centre in 2008 to drawing a 7 figure yearly package now in 2015 at 26, handling the Global IT Operations of various countries, he has 71 Microsoft certifications to his credit.
- He tries his best to give the similar lavish life to his brother as given by his parents, who is now doing his ME in Ohio, US.
- He goes every year to the Orphanage and is in touch with everyone who came into his life at any stage, from the Tea Vendor to the donors he lived with.
- Donates every month some fund to the Blind People Association.
I go back and could only think of watching Duck Tales and Tale-spin as a ten year old or getting into cat fights with my sister. I get goosebumps putting myself into such a situation, thinking would I have been able to reach anywhere close to where he is today. After listening to his story I probably had all the answers of why he was not like any other 25 year old guy, why this attitude? or why so antisocial? It is the unexpected tragic situations which probably changed his life overnight, but toiling hard and being an Opportunist brought him where he is today. He still continues to work with the same spirited passion and wants to try new things to fulfill his interests and career dreams. He also wants to adopt a kid from the orphanage once he is married.
He is one #madeofgreat man I have encountered in my life. My Take aways from his Life are :
- Don’t take anything for granted.
- Be happy with what you have.
- To get success you have to be different, maintain a disciplined life and follow it.
- If you have a family around you, you are lucky, respect them.
“Self Excellence” and “Self Belief” will take you to any heights you want to, just like Lionel Messi – #madeofgreat Man who is now the Global Brand Ambassador of Tata Motors.
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