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Resolve your world with passion.

 My family and I feel very proud to call the U.S. home, but when I first arrived here more than 20 years ago I did not feel a special welcome. After being promised a graduate assistantship and traveling 56 hours to start this school, I arrived tired but also very excited. My excitement quickly turned into distress. 

The assistantship had been given to another student and was no longer available. To this day I don’t know what happened. Some tried to convince me to stay and work under the table. That was not an option for me. If I could not work legally, I would have to leave. 

I was heartbroken and depressed, but I vowed that before throwing in the towel I would visit each and every department chair. I convinced myself that someone must need a graduate assistant so I went from department to department and kept hitting one brick wall after another. Most department heads were sympathetic but they just did not have anything to offer me. A few were downright very rude and arrogant.  

After two days I was about ready to give up when I met with the mathematics department chair. Frankly by this point I was not expecting much so I pled my case. He listened and then introduced me to another faculty member. That faculty member was impressed by my undergrad education. She asked me if I’d be interested in a fellowship that involved research on polymers and I was elated.

My elation did not last long. She told me the application process was very competitive, but it still encouraged me to apply. In fact, I did score an interview and was ultimately selected. In fact, my research was honored by being awarded the university’s annual best graduate thesis award.

Here is the thing.

I never would have secured that fellowship, won that award, and eventually become a U.S. citizen without the resolve I had to keep moving forward.

Resolve is having the passion, determination and perseverance to find a solution to a problem or improve a situation.

When was the last time you had enough resolve to change your world?

Subir Chowdhury

Subir Chowdhury

One of the world’s pre-eminent experts on quality and process improvements, Subir Chowdhury is the #1 international bestselling author on SIX SIGMA philosophy. Hailed by The New York Times as a “leading Quality expert,” and by Business Week as “the Quality Prophet”, he is the author of 15 books. His latest book THE DIFFERENCE: When Good Enough Isn’t Enough (Crown Business, 2017) made it to the USA Today Bestseller list as well as National Bestseller in India. In 2017, India’s prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur established the ‘Subir Chowdhury School of Quality and Reliability’ – the first of its kind in Asia. He is the Chairman and CEO of ASI Consulting Group and helped his clients save billions of dollars.

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