The man does not need an introduction. Time and again the Czar of the Indian IT Industry has shown the world exactly why he is in the position he is today. Business tycoon, investor and philanthropist and chairman of Wipro, Azim Premji has been listed as one of the most influential people by TIME magazine for two times!
With his efforts, he turned the fate of Wipro around. Under his leadership, Wipro grew from a cooking fat company to becoming a conglomerate spanning IT, energy and consumer care. He was merely 21 when he took over the reins of Wipro in 1996 after the untimely demise of his father Mohammed Hasham Premji. To take over the business he had to drop out of Stanford where he was pursuing his engineering. Over his 53-year stint at Wipro, he not only set high standards for business but also in giving back to the society, as he donated two-thirds of his wealth to charitable causes. Here’s a look at 10 quotes by Azim Premji to inspire success in your life and business.
“The first thing I have learnt is that we must always begin with our strengths.”
There is an imaginary story of a rabbit. The rabbit was enrolled in a rabbit school. Naturally, the rabbit could hop very well but could not swim. On the day when the results came out, the rabbit got high marks in hopping but failed in swimming. The parents were concerned. They said, “Forget about hopping. You are, anyway good at it. Focus on swimming.” They sent the rabbit for tuition in swimming. And guess what happened?
The rabbit forgot how to hop!
As for swimming, can you imagine a rabbit swim?
Thus it is important for us to know what we are not good at, while we must also cherish what is good in us. It is only our strengths that can give us the energy to rectify our weaknesses.
“The second lesson I have learnt is that a rupee earned is of far more value than five found..”
This is an anecdote of an eight year-old girl. She would always complain about the breakfast. The cook tried all ways and means possible, but the child remained unhappy. Finally, her uncle took the child to a supermarket and brought one of those ready-to-cook cereal packets. The child had to cut the packet and pour milk in the dish. She found the food delicious. The difference was that she had cooked it!
It is hence found that nothing gives as much satisfaction as earning our own rewards. In fact, what is gifted or inherited seems like ‘come easy, go easy’. I guess we only know the value of what we have, if we have worked hard or struggled to earn it.
“The third lesson I have learnt is, in Cricket, no one bats a hundred every time.”
Life has many challenges. You win some and lose some. You must enjoy winning. But do not let it go to the head. The moment this happens, you are already on your way to failure. And on encountering failure along the way, treat it as an equally natural phenomenon. Don’t harsh on yourself for it or any one else for that matter!
Accept your failure, look at your own share in the problem, learn from it and move on. The important thing is, when you lose, do not lose the teaching it gave you.
“The fourth lesson I have learnt, is the importance of humility.”
Sometimes, when you get so much in life, you really start wondering whether you really deserved all of this. We have so much to be grateful of. Our parents and our teachers have done so much for us that we can never repay them.
Most people focus on the shortcomings, because obviously, no one can be perfect. But it is important to first acknowledge whatever we have and all that we have received.
Change is the only constant in life but when a relationship ends, rather than becoming bitter, we must learn to savor the memory, of the good things, while they lasted. Such an important lesson in life that I’m sure most of us miss out on. Isn’t it?
“The fifth lesson I learnt is that we must always strive for Excellence.”
One way of achieving excellence, is by looking up to others who are better than ourselves. Keep learning what they do differently. But excellence cannot be imposed from the outside. We must also feel the need from within. It must involve our mind, heart and soul. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.
The reach must always exceed the grasp. That is heaven on earth.
Ultimately, your only competition is yourself. Do you even realise that?
At the age of 65, Premji still continues to guide Wipro through four decades of diversification to emerge as one of the leading brands in the software industry. He is a living legend among Indian businessmen and is a source of inspiration to a number of budding entrepreneurs. Today, he is busy formulating a third epoch in Wipro’s history- in ecology. That’s the true sign of a Genius – relentless and persevering. What makes you a Genius? Find out by downloading MagTapp. The hub of geniuses. Hurry up! MagTapp it.
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