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Dream the Journey - By Ruturaj Maggirwar


I’m not a writer, I’m just a boy with a dream.


I will miss the dirty clothes, the sleepless nights, the noise of the train as it thunders by. I will miss the appalling smell of the resin and the endless literature sessions.


I will miss the laughter while working but most importantly I will miss this family.


I am not an emotional guy. I do not get attached to the time or place but this team is so close to my heart that I cannot put it into words. So instead of sharing my experience through these 4 years, I would like to teach the upcoming generation about my adventures and so I leave you with 5 things that I have learnt during my days.


1.

You are winners just for today. Tomorrow you are just another team who had won. Winning is like a bouquet of flowers. It fades with time. Our goal should never be to win the but rather channel our spirits into not losing. We must be so terrified to lose that even the thought should send shivers down our spines. Remember this; Losing feels much worse that winning feels good. Countless nights have been spent obsessing about a formula that could come to aid for this situation. The quote is as follows; In order to win you don’t have to be the best, you have to be the hungriest.


2.

What is the most important thing a person can give to the team? You must all have contemplated that it would be their time, energy, sacrifice but NO. It’s their legacy! A team is not defined by their people, it is defined by their legacy. The legacy of the founders, the legacy of the captain who pushed to build the first carbon fiber chassis, the legacy of the captain who drove the most knowledgeable team in our history, the leaders who helped us achieve our greatest rank. And then my legacy was to making us national champions. So I tell you, make your legacy in this history cause one day your name will fade away, your efforts and your sacrifice with it but your legacy will remain in the blood until the end!


3.

Practice makes perfect??? That is what we have heard since our childhood but what if I told you on the contrary practice does not make perfect. That is because there is no such thing as perfection in this world. There is no such thing as a perfect job, no perfect object or even a perfect design that is why companies spend millions on RND every year. So why do we practice? We practice because it makes us better. A perfect practice brings consistency; consistency drives goals and goals yields greatness! What more can you ask than to be great.


4.

The greatest resource anyone can have is time. No amount of money or any other material can buy even a second of it. Spend your time wisely completing the tasks you have in hand with the utmost excellence. While working on any project, you need to know what things to do, when to do it and how much time to spend on it. Consume the resources you have in order to save time.


5.

Perseverance, persistence, dedication, knowledge, hardwork, teamwork, courage, failures, ideas, smartness, respect, discipline, attitude, sacrifice. If you can write any of these words in your hearts, then there is nothing that can stop you from achieving success.


I’m not a writer but today I have become a man having achieved his dream.


I don’t know when I will get this opportunity again but it has been a privilege to have worked with and lead you bunch of passionate engineers. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you the best of luck for this team’s future and my most respectful goodbye.


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