Think of a time when you achieved a personal goal. Say why the goal was important to you and how you achieved it. Describe how you felt on achieving it.

All my family members were extremely ecstatic when I showed them my appointment letter as an aeronautical engineer in HAL in Mumbai. I was proud to be among the elite ten that had been selected from the thousands of applicants from across the country. It was indeed a privilege and a matter of great pride, a dream come true. Everyone wants to do something great in life that would make him different from others. Ever since I was a child, I had nurtured this personal goal-that of becoming an aeronautical engineer.

As a child, I had special fascination for planes and what made them fly, their mechanisms and everything related to them. I would sit for hours drawing figures of planes and pondering over their dimensions and the laws governing propulsion. Planes and helicopters  became an obsession with me, so much so that I would often dream of flying one. I first set my goal of becoming a fighter pilot, if not, then a commercial pilot. I knew that the path I had chosen for myself was beset with difficulties and many hurdles and required great perseverance.

I silently let this great dream grow within me. At times I realised that it was futile to chase a goal which was beyond my grasp. But the speech of my Principal on our farewell changed all that and filled me with such inspiration that I instantly knew that I had to achieve my goal, my dream of becoming an aeronautical engineer.

There were more than one reason to prove myself to my family and to the world, more importantly to myself that I could do it.

After years of hardwork and sweat, today I proudly stand with my appointment letter in my hand and thank God for a fabulous Principal, who initiated the entire process of achieving this goal, who always stood by me like the Great Rock of Gibraltar and for wonderful parents who supported me in whatever I did and for having believed in me. I also realise that, there is no shortcut to success.