Satnam Singh – An Inspiration to Many

Satnam Singh - The story of perseverance

“We need to develop an inner drive” – Satnam Singh


It is rare for India to be in the news for its Basketball heroics but Satnam Singh Bhamara changed all that on 25th June, 2015 by becoming the first Indian to be selected in the NBA draft by Dallas Mavericks. Standing at 7’2”, Satnam was selected directly from high school into the NBA draft without playing at the collegiate level and has now joined the likes of Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard to have achieved this feat. This is massive news for Indian Basketball fans as this will open the gates for millions of youngsters here who dream of having a career in basketball.

Satnam hails from Ballo Ke, a small village in the Indian State of Punjab with a small population of 800. The going was never easy for Satnam. His tiny village had no facility to practice Basketball. Also, due to his abnormal height; he was 5’9” at the age of nine; he had become the butt of jokes in his village. At that time, he hardly knew that his height will help him to cement his place in the record books.

Overcoming all these difficulties, Satnam continued to pursue his passion of playing basketball. He was selected to train in an academy and had to move out of his village. Due to his height, he had problems while running as his knees would lock. Intense training workouts helped him overcome this problem. At the tender age of 14, he was selected for the Reliance scholarship allowing him to train in America. Language was a constraint as Satnam hardly spoke or understood English but he was hardly bothered about it. He had sensed the tremendous opportunity available at his disposal and consistent performances at the High School level finally earned him a place in the Dallas Mavericks team.

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Continuous Learning & Improvement is the Key

There were numerous instances where Satnam could have given up on his dreams and blamed it on his poor background. But he stuck to his plan and finally achieved his dream. Similarly if you have to pursue your dream, it is imminent that the path would be filled with failures and difficulties. It is how you overcome each difficulty and come back stronger every time which determines whether you will be successful or not.

You have to be on your toes even when you seem to be near the end of your goal. Constant improvement should be your mantra as you never know when complacency can set in and deviate you from your path. There were 29 students who were selected for the scholarship in which Satnam was enrolled but it is only Satnam who has come out on top. He could have been satisfied to be in America and play at the collegiate level but he worked on his game and even overcame the language barrier to be selected in the NBA.

The path to glory is filled with hurdles but the ultimate reward is worth a try. There are hardly any individuals who can claim to have achieved their goal without facing any difficulties. Satnam Singh was no exception and you too won’t be one. So the next time you are confused whether to pursue your dreams or not, you don’t have to go too far to look for an example. Satnam Singh’s success story will ring a bell to you.

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“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”- Walt Disney

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