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Imran Khan is a symbol of hope among youth of Pakistan.
He is a politician, former cricketer, philanthropist, cricket commentator and analyst and former 5th Chancellor of University of Bradford, United Kingdom for 2005-14.
Imran’s life is full of struggle, disappointments and setbacks. But how he dealt with these situations, how he has been clinging to his vision, and how he never compromised, is indeed tremendous as well as inspirational for us.
These are 7 lessons which anyone can learn from struggling life of trendsetter Imran Khan.
1. Never compromise on your dream
Compromise for your dream but never compromise on your dream
He dreamt about playing for Pakistan at the age of nine and he played for the national team at 18. He dreamt of becoming world’s best all rounder; in nine year’s time he became one.
I’d been determined to be a Test cricketer since I was nine and there was never any chance that I would give up.
He dreamt of making Pakistan the best cricket team and winning a world cup; it took 10 years and we won in 1992.
He dreamt of establishing a great cancer hospital in Pakistan, it took five years and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital was built.
He dreamt of a university like Oxford; he set up Namal College, Mianwali (an associate college of the University of Bradford) in 2008.
Young talented player, known as Play Boy, Imran khan met with spiritual personality Mian Bashir and he stepped into the politics. The foundation of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf was laid in 1996.
When he joined politics, he dreamt of Pakistani people cooperating with him for a better Pakistan and on October 30, 2011 the ‘tsunami’ took over Pakistan.
In 1983, he was given President’s Pride of Performance. In 1992, he was also given The Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian award and honor.
In 2009, Khan’s name was included in ICC Hall of Fame.
2.Believe in yourself
Only person who is not under American influence is Imran Khan
– WikiLeaks (Details)
He tells that people used to say to him that he could never become a good cricketer. But he never surrendered to public opinion.
‘People criticized that my bowling action is not correct and I can never become a fast bowler. It took me 6 years to change my bowling action and become a fast bowler’, he said in an interview.
‘I believed in myself. I never imagined myself as just an ordinary player. I wanted to be an outstanding player, that was my ambition.’
When I announced my party, Tehreek-e-Insaf on 25 April 1996, I had lost all fear of dying.
I do not have any fears, no fear of dying, of failure, of anything; that means I am very dangerous for my opponents.
3. Never Give Up
You only lose, when you give up. His vision of life is nothing-can-defeat-you. You only experience failure when you accept it.
Never give up, no matter how hard life gets, no matter how much pain you feel. Pain will eventually subside, nothing remains forever, so keep going and don’t give up.
When I was going to build a hospital in Pakistan, I invited 20 top doctors of Lahore in a meeting to get an advice on how-to-start. Everyone said a specialized cancer hospital cannot be built in a third-world country. 19 out of 20 doctors said its impossible. We hired an American administrator, he said you would not be able to provide free cancer treatment to the poor.
I have always believed that one should not be scared of losing, I think that really is the key.
To achieve anything in life, you have to take the odds. When you take an untrodden path, be prepared that you are going to have some bad times.
He said in one of my favorite speeches. Never Give up on your dreams at TEDx Karachi.
In 1999 election he won his personal seat only and all his party candidates missed the boat.
It is not defeat that destroys you, it is being demoralized by defeat that destroy you.
In 2013 election, PTI emerged as a second largest political party of Pakistan and people voted massively to Imarn Khan’s agenda.
In Khyber Paktunkhwa, PTI emerged as a single largest political party and formed its government.
4. There is a ‘can’ in Cancer
We can beat cancer because there is can in cancer.
In 1991, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust was established as a charitable organization. This organization is named after the mother of Imran Khan, who died after losing battle with cancer.
On 29 December 1994, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre was first established in Lahore. 70% of Patients have been receiving free treatment. The mission of the hospital is to make cancer-treatment accessible to every patient.
In 2012, Imran Khan was awarded an honorary fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in recognition of his services for cancer treatment in Pakistan.
On 29 December 2015, the second Hospital was inaugurated by a cancer patient in Peshawar.
Land has been awarded and planning in progress for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Karachi.
He donates his talents to advocate for children on behalf of UNICEF as Special Representative. Has used his international profile in cricket to support health and immunization programmes in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. (Details)
Besides his efforts for cancer treatment, Imran Khan Foundation is aiming at helping poor people residing in under-developed areas.
5. Leadership is not gifted
In 2012, Global Post ranked him third in a list of the top nine world leaders.
Everyone has the potential to become a leader. The first and foremost thing which makes a leader is the vision.
He explained while giving his address to the Oxford Union Society.
Leaders have dreams. And those dreams are beyond the self. There has never been a leader whose dream is concentrated on himself.
Most of people don’t attempt to achieve their dreams, because they think people will laugh at them.
He was a brave and courageous leader during his cricket captaincy.
Leader leads people. Leader does not follow public opinion.
His efforts, being a leader, were centered to unite all Pakistanis.
I want you all to stand like the Muslims who stood with ‘La ilaaha ilalla’ for Truth and Right.
I have come to make all Mohajirs, Pashtuns, Punjabis, Baloch, Sindhis, and other Urdu-speaking as one nation.
Leader follows his ideology, leader does not follow his relatives and friends. Being a politician, his endeavor is a light-house for those who want to learn leadership skills.
The opposite of a spiritual man is a materialist. If I were a materialist, I would be making lots of money doing endorsements, doing cricket commentary. I have no interest in that. But I don’t need to use politics as a way of making money.
6. Be Educated
He has probably been the rare educated Pakistani cricket player.
He received his education at Cathedral School in Lahore, Aitchison, Royal Grammar School Worcester in England, and Keble College (University of Oxford).
The more you study, the more you know, how less you know.
He is also author of several books. That includes six non-fiction books including an autobiography.
- Indus Journey: A Personal View of Pakistan
- Imran Khan’s cricket skills
- Pakistan: A Personal History
- All Round View
- Warrior Race: A Journey Through the Land of the Tribal Pathans
He is an icon of perseverance. He is consistent, stubborn, tenacious, dedicated and determined.
He follows the motto of his Alma Mater.
Rursu Puer (Aitchison motto)
Perseverance Commands Success
7. Try your best and forget the rest
He keeps trying. He will struggle for his nation till his last breath. His life is a lesson to humanity on how to be selfless.
الله تعالی نے انسان کے هاته مین نیت اور کوشش دی هے کامیابی وه دیتا هے
When he meet his Allah, he wants to listen from Him,
‘Imran, you tried your fullest for Pakistan’
If your house is burning, wouldn’t you try and put out the fire? He asked while addressing his youth.
Hence, his struggle is a message that one must try at least. His life is a lesson for us to never lose heart, never lose faith and never lose hope.