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Chatting with Chetan
- ...On how to make it big & who’s an uncommon aadmi

Chetan Bhagat needs no introduction. IITian-turned-investment banker-turned storyteller, he’s made a whole generation of Indians read books and spawned a paperback revolution.

His books — Five Point Someone, One Night @ the Call Center, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, 2 States and Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition — redefined the economics of Indian publishing in English.

Five Point Someone provided the rough plot for 3 Idiots, one of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters. The 3 Mistakes of My Life made it to the silver screen as critically acclaimed and commercially successful Kai Po Che.

Chetan Bhagat, who was at Bokaro Club on Sunday to motivate students, parents and teachers during an event hosted by an institute to coach medical and engineering aspirants, spoke on EQ for success

Wise bytes: Bhagat believes in keeping it simple. Sweat plus motivation plus emotions equal success. “For preparing emotionally, one must be motivated from the core of his or her heart and have strong willpower,” Bhagat said.

He told Youngistan to stop being disheartened by initial failures, because “motivation is the key to success”.

Highlighting inspiration and motivation as keys to success, he underlined the difference between the two. “One can draw inspiration from outside, motivation comes from inside,” he said. Makes sense.

Citing his own example, Bhagat said: “I secured a modest 76 per cent in my Class X exam and I could have ended up running a telephone booth. But, I worked hard and did my BTech from IIT-Delhi.”

He also had a few words for parents. “Don’t impose your wish on the children. They will never be motivated to achieve in a career that they are not interested in,” he said.

Role model: A youth icon himself, Bhagat lauded Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal. “One should learn from Kejriwal’s self-confidence,” he said.

Sharing stage: IAS officer Dinesh Arora shared his experience with students and teachers at the event. “Hard work and dedication are the key to success. My elder sister Sangeeta urged me to follow my dream,” Arora, who left a promising career in medicine after completing his MBBS from Chandigarh to join the civil services, said.