We are glad to declare Dr Pramod Kumar Rajput as Positive Thoughts Achiever of the Week who shared his words to narrate the success story “From Nowhere to Now Here”.
Dr. Pramod Kumar Rajput is an "Advisory Board Member of Positive Thoughts"
Born on the 9th day of April in the year 1964 in a small city of Uttar Pradesh, Gorakhpur, I had no idea that one day I would end up being the senior-most official in an Indian multinational pharma company who would travel and lead people around the globe. I was blessed with very hardworking and loving parents who instilled the values of discipline. Time management and hard work into me. My maternal grandfather had also a very huge impact on me. With his care, folklores and religious stories, he added the values like determination, dedication and truthfulness to my young mind.
My childhood was marked by the lovely memories of the wonderful days I spent at the school which happened to be North Eastern Railway Senior Secondary School. I still remember the classrooms and huge ground it had. My school was one of the best schools in Gorakhpur and the bonds which I created, the friends which I got during my school time are still very near and precious to me and I still keep cherishing them as Still our group meet once a year at different destinations. I started playing different games in my school time which helped me gain physical as well as mental strength. I have been College champion in
the games like Kho-Kho, Chess and Badminton.
Life during my childhood was simple. We were allotted Railway Quarters and we lived in Railway medical colony where I spent the majority of my childhood till I entered into professional life. Everyone in our colony lived peacefully and with the emotions of togetherness. I don’t remember my parents closing the doors of our house ever during the daytime. The most memorable time here was the festivities. Be it any festival of any religion -We all used to celebrate it together with a lot of participation and enthusiasm.
This helped me become a global citizen and we all respected the virtues of all the religions and ethnicity and a very important virtue which is - “Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam” was realised in the true sense. Talking about festivities - I still remember during the times of Diwali, it was my job to distribute sweets to the entire neighbourhood which were prepared by my mother.
I realised the value of money, negotiation and bargaining skills by a very practical
the lesson was given to me by my parents. It was my duty to buy vegetables and fruits for the family on a given budget. I have always taken any responsibility given to me with full serious intent and every time I used to walk miles to get the best vegetables for my family at lowest price possible. This is how I learned a very important lesson - “ You should not trade comfort with money.” I wanted to change this and there I made up my mind that one day, I will make sure that my family would never have to give up comfort for the money. The roots of hard work and struggles to grow and do something better in my life started from here.
It is not life - if it doesn’t feel like a roller coaster ride. And sticking true to the saying, my life had many turns and around. One of which was my decision to drop out of engineering college. Yes, My parents wanted me to become an engineer and as a dutiful son, I started working hard for the entrance and got into one of the best engineering colleges but my inner calling was to do something good for mankind. I never questioned the decision of my parents but the inner me was not allowing me to deviate from the path which I thought true for me and to the shock of everyone, 45 days after joining the engineering college, I left the course. It simply did not match the inner true calling of doing something good, something better and different than the set routine. This was the first independent decision that I had taken and As you can see now, I have done pretty well with myself for that decision.
The path to self-realization is always hard and filled with struggle, I remember that my parents stopped talking to me for 2-3 days for this decision of mine but I believed in my self and I convinced them also to believe in myself and the rest is the history because the fact that this is my own decision - gives me more power to honour it and bring it to a successful reality.
So, what did I do after leaving engineering?
I found something very interesting and something which was doing directly good to the people of society - The profession of Medicine. The profession of explaining the science of medicine to the doctors and the patients and bringing the latest advances of science which will save lives of billions to the market. Yes, the job of Medical Representative.
One day, during my visit to the doctor, I saw a doctor thanking a medical representative about how their medicine helped him save the ife of a really close patient of that doctor. I realised at that moment that the doctor diagnoses the condition but the depiction of medicine can be given by a medical representative. I was so fascinated by the science of the body and medicine that I decided to become a representative. It was one of the best jobs where
we get the satisfaction of saving lives and we also get the satisfaction of learning new things every day about medicines and the human body.
I joined Cadila Laboratories as a medical representative and who better can teach you about biology than doctors? I decided to meet them, develop relationships with them and learn from them. Trust me, if you have an honest desire of learning - you will never be denied the knowledge. Doctors were my customers but still, they never said no to teaching me.
Another important thing I learnt was the fact that communication is the key to success. As a person, I communicated very well and I talked with everyone. I tried to learn from everyone and that is how, I could gain the trust of everyone. I used to retrospect a lot about what I could have done better and how can I learn from my failure as well, how I can make sure that I would never repeat the same mistake again.
Instead of making this job a tool for earning, I made it a tool for learning. I learned a lot, I observed