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Imran Khan: A Lesson On Resilience

Imran Khan once said,

“I have always believed that one should not be scared of losing, I think that really is the key.”

How resilient is that?

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as health, family, financial…

And also defines it as

The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.

Imran Khan?

I have great respect for all human beings who have achieved the highest level of excellence in any field. I read about them and try to learn from them.

Therefore, history intrigues me to question.

How many human beings can we remember? for achieving the highest level of popularity in more than one field? Be it

politics,

business,

sports,

entertainment,

philanthropy,

science,

or for that matter any other?

Meeting Imran Khan

I had flown in from Dubai to produce a TV show honoring Pakistanis in the Guinness World Records. The Great Imran Khan, I had never met him before. Back then, no one would believe in the possibility of Prime Minister Imran Khan. 

However, it turns out to be more than a lasting impression for me. We met in Islamabad, not too far from the office where he is today. 

One cannot simply forget the conviction this man has in his dream.

For the responsibility, he had taken upon himself to change the status quo of power and by doing so change the destiny of a nation. A nation he believes can rise to its potential if provided with a fair and just system.

Reminding me of Martin Luther King’s I had a dream.

Working alongside Imran Khan

Yes, that’s me in the middle of these two icons. Aamir Khan and Imran Khan

One of the best memories of my career is working with Imran Khan. No, I am not referring to his political or cricketing life.

The Imran Khan Founded Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital is one of the best examples of one man’s resilience. 

Against all odds and most importantly expert opinions. A belief that a state-of-the-art cancer hospital can be built and run in a country where we hardly build and run world-class facilities. Because as Khan Said Everyone Deserves To Beat Cancer, Even The Poor.

The business model is charity-based .

Imran Khan Today

Fast forward to the summer of 2019, and I am in the USA. Prime Minister Khan’s first visit to Washington DC is making unprecedented trends on Twitter. That cannot happen with just a following from Pakistanis or for that matter Pakistan. It may well be because of the global following Khan has including a large amount attributed with the Indians. There is already a comparison being made between Modi’s and Khan’s attendance at the same arena.

So far Khan is winning… not just in numbers but also in hearts.

Imran Khan
Addressing in Washington Photo Credits : INP/Daily Times PK
Conclusion

In my observation, Imran Khan’s popularity at this time has surpassed the norms.

With patience and time, resilience helps to succeed in any journey. A path reserved for the chosen one.

Perhaps a belief system based on his faith and relationship with the Almighty Allah (SWT). Perhaps it is easier said than done.

But then as John C.Maxwell, an American clergyman puts it

“A leader is one who knows the way goes the way and shows the way.”

The blog is also available on Medium

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Deepika
Deepika

Eye Opener! Thanks for sharing. Didn’t know beyond cricket and politics

Margaret H
Margaret H

Imran Khan is no doubt one of the greatest. I sincerely hope he succeeds to change Pakistan and its image.Specially here in the west.

John P.A
John P.A

Well I don’t know much about him but he’s certainly trending here in California. Sounds like a real deal.

Abdullah
Abdullah

Wow Sir you have also worked with Imran Khan.. and I thought Shahrukh Khan picture was amazing..What lucky man you are.

Don Leo
Don Leo

I don’t know much about your country but Man this dude sounds like one hell of guy..dont lose him.

Beenish Mohsin
Beenish Mohsin

Sir, Imran Khan is great no doubt but I am disappointed by his team.

Chaudry Amjad
Chaudry Amjad

Asim Saab, you are a good man and have done good work. Bus this Imran Khan thing I don’t agree except yes u r right about Shaukat Khanum work which makes him great also besides cricket.

Malik Awan
Malik Awan

Imran Khan is a mistake which we Pakistanis are paying heavy price in economy and politics.

Sonali
Sonali

Hey I don’t know what the fuss in Pakistan is about. This man is way above most Pakistanis known for being crooks and cheats. Indians admire him over 2 generations for not being so Pakistani after all

Amelia
Amelia

Great example I can’t think of any other who has succeeded in 3 different fields as a leader

Zaheer Abbasi
Zaheer Abbasi

I love Imran Khan but I hate his PTI team. They are good for nothing and ruining Imran Khan’s leadership.

Lukas
Lukas

Resilient like Germans. Great Man.

Faryal Faruqi
Faryal Faruqi

Imran Khan is a puppet of we all know who. Shame on you to call him an Angel.

Satō
Satō

What his view on Japan?

Zhang Wei
Zhang Wei

Imran Khan Visionary. Pakistan needs leader who can bring change. Don’t know if they will but needs a lot of time and discipline. Good Luck

Yang Ziyi
Yang Ziyi

Good Man.

M Kashif
M Kashif

Give hime time at least same as PML and PPP

Justin
Justin

Impressive

Asif Sultan
Asif Sultan

Nahe Bhai… He and his team of incompetents have ruined the economy and will take years to recover now.

Olivia
Olivia

Great example in history of sports. Very popular here in Australia.

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