‘I vi­su­alise what­ever I set out to achieve’

This CEO feels that the fu­ture be­longs to those who be­lieve in dreams

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - JOBFUNDAS - Co­or­di­nated by Van­dana Ram­nani

What time do you wake up ev­ery day? What time do you sleep?

I wake up at 6:30am in the morn­ing and go to bed at around 11:30pm

You never leave home with­out …

My An­droid phone

How do you com­mute to of­fice? How long is the com­mute?

I com­mute by car. I have to travel around 15 kilo­me­ters, so it takes a good 30 min­utes

On av­er­age, how many hours a week do you work?

Al­most 70 hours

What do you like most about your job?

The chal­lenge of cre­at­ing dis­rup­tive busi­ness mod­els

What is the first thing you do on reach­ing of­fice?

Greet ev­ery­one with a smile, re­spond to emails and pre­pare the day’s tasks

What is the one thing you like least about your job?

Do­ing other peo­ple’s job in­order to show them how to do it well

What is the se­cret of your suc­cess?

I al­ways vi­su­alise goals and keep work­ing on them, de­spite the odds that come my way. My em­ploy­ees, who are in­stru­men­tal in re­al­is­ing my vi­sion, are the real se­cret of my suc­cess

What do you have for break­fast?

Any­thing cooked by my wife

What would you like to change about your­self/your life?

I want to ac­com­mo­date more time for my fam­ily

How of­ten do you ex­er­cise? Daily/3 times a week/oc­ca­sion­ally/never

Twice a week

What ex­er­cise do you do? Weights/Car­dio/Yoga/Walk­ing/Other

Mostly play­ing and walk­ing

How do you re­lax? Any hob­bies?

I en­joy watch­ing com­edy films. Chill­ing out with friends helps me de­stress

Your favourite book?

Power of pos­i­tive think­ing

Your favourite film?

300 War­riors

When and where did you last go on hol­i­day?

Ker­ala, six months ago

One gad­get you can­not live with­out?

My lap­top

What makes you happy?

Build­ing an en­ter­prise over a need based busi­ness op­por­tu­nity that is en­vis­aged to usher na­tional growth

Your favourite quote/phrase?

The fu­ture be­longs to those who be­lieve in the beauty of their dreams

What is the most im­por­tant les­son that life has taught you?

To change oth­ers you have to change your­self

What was your first job and salary?

I joined Glen­mark Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals as a mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive where I was paid a monthly salary of R8,000

At what age did you be­come CEO?

26

Which liv­ing per­son do you most

ad­mire?

Naren­dra Modi. He is a true en­tre­pre­neur. I be­lieve that the real growth of In­dia lies in the growth of en­trepreneur­ship

What char­ac­ter­is­tic/be­hav­iour do you dis­like most in oth­ers?

Mis­ers and self­ish peo­ple

Where do you see your­self in five years?

As a se­rial en­tre­pre­neur and a so­cial ac­tivist

What is your big­gest strength?

Hard work and con­sis­tent fo­cus on goals

What is your big­gest weak­ness?

None at the mo­ment

At what age do you hope to re­tire?

Af­ter 35 years I want to re­tire from busi­ness and spend the rest of my life in so­cio po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties

What is your most cher­ished pos­ses­sion?

My busi­ness is my most cher­ished pos­ses­sion

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