How blessed are we - An inspirational evening for IIT Kharagpur!

By Siddharth Menath
From IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur
Posted Nov 8th 2012 2:00AM

The second week of November started on an enlightening note for IIT Kharagpur when the institute witnessed a highly inspirational Sam Cawthorn stealing the hearts of over 1200 students with his amazing motivational speech. The Australian motivational speaker, success coach, self-help author and entrepreneur, spoke at the Kalidas Auditorium, IIT Kharagpur. It was a show conducted by AIESEC IIT Kharagpur on November 5th, Monday. The program was lauded by the audience for its originality!

Samuel "Sam" Cawthorn is best known as the 2009 Young Australian of the Year for Tasmania and his work as a motivational speaker. After suffering from a head-on collision with a semi-trailer in which he was pronounced dead, Cawthorn was resurrected miraculously. He faced severe injuries including the amputation of his right arm above the elbow and severe damage to his right leg. Initially distraught by the prospect that he may never walk again, he maintained a strong mental attitude and conceptualized "Be Motivated" during his nine months of rehabilitation.

Throughout the speech, Mr. Cawthorn focused on challenging people to discover a purpose and develop goals. He strongly emphasized the importance of a healthy mental attitude and not allowing excuses to hinder achievements. Sam advocated "bouncing forward" after a crisis and not be discouraged by the challenges and setbacks which may arise. He inspired the audience to create environments which leverage collective thinking in order to reach challenging decisions that enable recovery from difficult situations. "It's not your condition, but the decision that matters" was something which the people took back with them while leaving the auditorium.

The speech, which was beautiful both in its presentation and content, made the audience spend at least some time pondering on how blessed and lucky they are. It sparked a thought about the power we have at hand, which millions don't. "He has the ability to find positivity in every ounce of life", said Harshit More, a third year undergraduate student who was inspired by the show.

The evening made people feel good about the food that they have on their table and roof they have above them. An extraordinary person and an extraordinary Monday! Well done, AIESEC!

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