A story of a failure’s success: Major Mohammed Ali Shah: Mohammed Ali Shah is currently an Indian theater personality and film actor. He is also a member of the board of the International Film and Entertainment Festival of Australia. However, he is a former soldier, and as they say, “Once a soldier, always a soldier”.
As a child, Mohammed dreamt of wearing the army uniform, and march past the president on the 26th January Parade. As he grew up, he decided to make his dream a reality. He was set back a year when he failed in his 9th-grade exams and had to repeat a year.
He was depressed because of the same but did not let this come in way of his ambition. He worked hard and went on to pass his 12th grade. After completing his high school education, he went on to appear for the NDA’s (National Defence Academy) entrance examination but did not clear it.
He was criticized a lot and was put under a lot of o pressure to abandon his ambition. But Mohammed took it all in his stride and decided that he would not give up so easily. He was determined to show everyone that he was capable of doing what he wanted to.
After the failure in the entrance exam, he shifted to Pune to attend college. He faced yet another pit on his way to success when he failed in English. He scored 1/100 and was mocked for even trying to attempt any competitive examination with such low scores in English.
“if you can channel your anger in a constructive way rather than a destructive one, then no one can stop you from achieving your goals”.
He then gave the UPSC CDS (Combined Defence Services) Examination which he considered the most difficult in the country. On the way to the UPSC office for his results, he had no hopes, having been so accustomed to failure, but was overjoyed to find out that he had scored the 1st rank.
That’s how he joined the Officer’s Training Academy, Chennai considered being the most intense in the country.
Their training program comprised of a syllabus taught in 4 years in other training academies, but it was taught to them in a time of 10 months. Mohammed topped in all the training test, but one.
He repeatedly failed the test and was asked to stay back during the term break. He missed home but decided that he would have to work in order to achieve what he dreamt of. He stayed, completed all his punishments and extra drills. But despite all the effort, he was not allowed to participate in the passing out parade. He was very upset and started to doubt himself, and wanted to prove his worth.
Following his training, he was posted in various places including Jammu and Kashmir and North East and four and a half years passed by. He was in Assam Rifles and the selections for the 26th January Parade of 2008 began.
Being selected from the Assam Rifles was considered an honor and that was his aim. The selections began and he was selected from a group of 30 people. On 26th January 2008, Mohammed Ali Shah walked past the president in the parade and saw his dream take form in reality.
He has come a long way from a shy kid who had a stammering problem to a strong, courageous soldier of the army.
“Success is in failing” – a lesson Mohammed Ali Shah believed in, all his life and proved is worth believing in.