The Mind Works When It Is Open
“Instead of worrying about my losses, I started to count all the things I still had, and it was a revelation” – Alexis Leon.
Alexis Leon was a software engineer with Tata Consultancy services who met with a road accident, which left him paralyzed waist down.Post accident he was bed ridden for sometime and went through agonies associated with such an accident. But when you prepare your mind to think how to overcome the challenges, it is able to endure the unendurable, accept the unacceptable and move on to do the best with what you have left.He prepared his mind to overcome the challenge and has done very well. Alexis Leon went to author over forty books on computing.Majority of us are healthy and have not experienced any of the challenges people like Alexis Leon have endured, yet we are not living as vibrantly as we can. We can perk up our lives by referring to individuals who have done well.It is also important for us to realize that the likes of Alexis and others who live vibrantly are as human as any one of us. Let us read more about people who live vibrantly, instead of reading about the criminals in the newspapers.Better yet whenever we read about an achiever cut it out and paste it in your scrapbook for later reference.
G. M. Rao
“Victory belongs to the most persevering. Think of life as a win-win situation. Always attack a problem from all sides not just one” – G.M. Rao, the founder of the GMR group.
G. M. Rao was conferred the Entrepreneur of the Year award 2007. The award was in recognition of his exemplary entrepreneurial spirit and potential in breaking into the big league of top infrastructure organizations in India. G.M. Rao grew up in Rajam, at place 100 km from Vizag. His family was involved in trading jute and grain. None of his family members were educated beyond basic education. He was the first one to become an Engineer in his family. Post his education he also starting with trading in Agriculture products but went on to becoming a force to reckon within the infrastructure industry. GMR currently is building the Airport in Delhi and also owns the IPL team the Delhi Daredevils.
Anil Aggarwal started out in his late teens as a scrap metal trader from Bihar. Today, he is a billionaire who has almost achieved his ambition of being the key player in the global metals market. His firm Vedanta Resources is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and he operates from his offices in the exclusive Mayfair district in London. Anil Aggarwal never attended college and is proud to be a Bihari.
Rajat Gupta was elected CEO of McKinsey in 1994, was the first Indian to successfully break through the “glass ceiling” in the corporate boardrooms of the west. He was born in Kolkata in 1948. He moved to Delhi with his father and mother when he was five. His father worked with a newspaper and mother was a teacher. His father died when he was sixteen and mother died when he was eighteen. He proved that adverse situation could make a man out of a boy.
If Alexis Leon, G.M. Rao, Anil Aggarwal and Rajat Gupta can do wonders, so can we. Let us just do it.
About The Author
Vijay Batra is an MBA, from University of Pittsburgh, USA and a graduate of the Japan Management Program from JAIMS, Hawaii, USA. He joined Kankaku Securities (subsidiary of Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank) as a lifetime employee in 1987.