31 May 2019 19:28 IST

The flight of imagination has no limit, says Dr Mashelkar

The Padma Vibhusan and former CSIR head shares five mantras to lead a meaningful life

“Every morning, when you get up, no matter what you have achieved, always say that the best is yet to come and maybe, today is the day,” Dr RA Mashelkar, eminent scientist, advised students who are entering the workforce. He was speaking to BL on Campus on the sidelines of the convocation of Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai.

Perseverance, according to him, is of utmost importance. “You know, because people are used to instant coffee, they want instant success. That never works, as a matter of fact. So you should not give up. Quitters are not winners and winners are not quitters. So, perseverance is very important,” said Dr Mashelkar.


“You keep knocking at the doors of opportunity and sometimes, it does not open. You are disappointed and disillusioned. Do not feel that way. If those doors of opportunity are not opening, create your own doors, ” says Dr Mashelkar.

He said there no substitute for hard work; so students should always stay focused. Choose one path, and work towards perfection in that area, he said.

“Finally, every morning, when you get up, no matter what you achieve, tell yourself, ‘my best is yet to come and maybe today is the day when it will’. Then every day becomes meaningful. If you do that, it adds meaning to life.”