Always keep learning, think out of the box. Always keep learning, think out of the box

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‘Who searched three found, deep water penetrated, I was scared of Bapura Budan, sat on the shore’

– Kabir

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What did Kabir Das ji say

Those who make efforts get something or the other just like a hard working diver goes into deep water and comes back with something. But there are some people who keep sitting on the shore due to the fear of drowning and do not get anything.

‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’

of a country called ‘Malawi’ in Africa ‘William Kamkwamba’ Lessons of this film based on the life of a boy named (William Kamkwamba) are also on the theme of this couplet of Kabir.

A) The film is the true story of a thirteen-year-old boy from a poor family in Malawi who uses ingenuity, persistence, and technical know-how to help his family overcome a famine.

B) Educating himself with library books, the boy builds a windmill to pump water from a well and helps his family grow food despite drought conditions.

Let us see some lessons from this movie.

Kamkwamba's windmill was such a success that newspapers around the world covered it.  Because of all this Kamkwamba was able to return to school after five years.

Kamkwamba’s windmill was such a success that newspapers around the world covered it. Because of all this Kamkwamba was able to return to school after five years.

7 big lessons for all of us from this movie

1) Be curious, never stop learning:

William Kakwamba is a curious child. He wants to know how electricity works by looking at the dynamo used in his teacher Kachibunda’s bicycle to generate light. His drought-stricken family cannot pay school fees, yet Kakwamba secretly attends classes and manages to study in the library. He reads books on electricity in the library itself.

2) Researching:

Proper research should be done before starting any project. Before making dynamo and windmill, Kakwamba researched how they work. If he had not done so, he would have been in danger of breaking the dynamo. You can have ideas on how to do a project, but if you don’t apply it in the right places, it’s hard to find success.

3) Start small:

William first builds a very small windmill to see if it actually works. He watches by playing the radio from that little windmill. That’s why people make models before building a big project. And they aren’t just for decoration.

By starting small, you get a chance to test your ideas and learn from any mistakes you make in the process. Seeing that his prototype is working, Kakwamba sets about building the main windmill.

4) Share your vision, and try to persuade people to join it:

William shared his vision of providing water by building a windmill to other children in the village. The kids, who like the idea, ask William’s father to lend them his bicycle to build a windmill.

He also shared his vision with his librarian, who showed him books on windmills/electricity generation. William Kakwamba not only had to convince himself that the windmill would work, but he also had to persuade his father and the rest of the village.

If William didn’t have the skills of persuasion, his father would never have let him use his bike. And he never persuades his sister to give Dynamo to their teacher.

5) Creativity in available resources:

The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that no one – whether rich or poor – has too many options. If cannot be creative using available options and resources then it will add to the struggle of maintaining your food, work and personal life.

William builds a wind-turbine from parts found in the junkyard. William has no funding, no bank loan.

6) Team is important:

It is said that if you want to do something good then walk alone, and if you want to touch the stars then walk with people.

You can never achieve success or greatness alone. You need people’s help. It may be that all the people of the team do not have the same thinking / idea, but if the objective is the same then the work can be done. It doesn’t matter whether the team is big or small.

7) Thinking Out of the Box:

While everyone in the village of Kakwamba was sweating and toiling hard on a dry land, William with his ingenuity and curiosity was thinking of a creative way to solve the root cause of the problem. This is a wonderful and very powerful teaching.

When everyone is busy doing the same things and doing the same things that have not produced results in the past, stop for a moment and ask yourself if there is a better way to achieve what you are looking for. .

William’s story is inspiring not only for Africans but for all youth living in developing countries.

Today’s career funda is that nature has given us a lot, so stop crying about shortcomings, and be grateful for what you have got, and think out of the box when traditional methods do not yield results.

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