In an Indian middle-class family, it’s a common feat to ask their child ‘Doctor or Engineer?’ as if there are no other career options available. We all grow up listening to our parents telling us, “Graduate with engineering and then pursue whatever you want.” And to our surprise, most of us, does end up doing that. There are examples that prove, to be successful in one’s profession is something but to win over the world through one’s passion is an adrenaline rush for life.
Here are five names for your daily dose of inspiration.
- Dwayne Johnson
‘The Rock’ rose to fame in the world of wrestling and went on to win several championships including his first WWF Championship in 1998. He left the wrestling ring in 2004 to become an actor. With films like Fast & Furious and Jumanji series he made a name for himself in show world.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
He served as the Governor of California from 2003-2011. A bodybuilder turned actor turned politician, he left his mark in every field he chose. His successful films include: The terminator series, Total Recall, Predator and Commando. He took a break from acting to try his luck in the field of Politics.
- Smriti Irani
A television actress famous for her role of Tulsi in Ekta Kapoor’s popular drama ‘Kyuki Saans Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’, she switched to politics. In 2019 Lok Sabha elections she defeated Rahul Gandhi to win Amethi. She established herself as a powerful woman and currently holds the portfolio of Ministry of Textiles.
- Jitendra Kumar
Fondly known as ‘Jeetu’, he graduated in engineering from IIT Kharagpur. He started his career with TVF in 2012. Highly acclaimed for his performances in ‘Tech Conversation with Dad’ and ‘TVF Pitchers’. He made it big in Bollywood with ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan’ starring opposite Ayushman Khurana.
- Chetan Bhagat
After graduating from IIM Ahmedabad, he pursued a career in Banking. He continued writing while working for Deutsche Bank. When his books started paying off, he quit his banking career to devout his full time to writing.
Benjamin Franklin said, “If passion drives you let reasons hold the reins.” But for how long will they hold you back?