CEO of ART Fertility Clinics, Suresh Kumar Soni shares his inspiring and unique life story – The New Indian Express
Express press service
NEW DELHI: Not everyone’s path to success is a straight line and wouldn’t life get boring if there were no twists and turns? In the journey of life there are times when no matter how good you are, due to certain circumstances you may have to step back for a better future and that is when the real begins patience test. Zig Ziglar, an American author, once said, “Failure is a detour, not a dead end” and my belief in that saying was further reinforced when I met the CEO of ART Fertility Clinics in his posh Gurgaon office.
Born into a middle-class family of a professor at Delhi University and a housewife, Suresh Kumar Soni excelled in both studies and sports. His love for sports attracted him to a career in the Indian Army, where he could also progress as a sportsman. Luckily, while still in the eleventh class, he sat for the National Defense Academy exams and passed. Everything was going well and he had completed two semesters at the NDA, which awards a Jawaharlal Nehru college degree to its cadets. But since life is uncertain, it can change at any time and be painful for a while. Soni encountered a series of accidents that injured his knees, which made it difficult for him to continue in the military. He decided to quit, but JNU wouldn’t allow him to complete his studies if he wasn’t in NDA. Meanwhile, Delhi University could also not allow him to continue his studies as he had not completed his twelfth grade.
Soni had to go back to school to take her twelfth board exams. It was a difficult phase of his life, emotionally and physically at the same time. “I had self-pity and found it difficult to study. I even once wanted to quit my studies and start a business,” he said, recalling those times.
“But common sense prevailed and I continued my studies. My friends were in their third or fourth year of college and I had gone back to school. It was emotionally draining because I often felt like I had regressed in life,” he added. He remembers how his parents supported him during this transition phase. He bounced back and ended up studying way more than anyone could imagine.
He did his BTech from Birla Institute of Technology, Masters in International Relations from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) and another Masters of Science from the University of Alabama in Industrial Engineering. Then, later in his career, he again went to study at Harvard Business School, which is only for working professionals. For him, age should not be an obstacle when it comes to education.
When I asked him, long term, how he felt looking back, he replied with a twinkle in his eye, “Oh, long term, I think I’ve come a long way. My friends are watching me. For me, my job is my passion and science is what drives me in life,” he concluded while giving hope to millions of aspirants who may be at a crossroads in their life.