“The suc­cess of MDH pro­vides me the zest to devote my­self to the ser­vice of hu­man­ity”

Progressive Grocer (India) - - Contents - By Premjit Mo­ha­p­a­tra

Ma­hashayji Dharam­pal Gu­lati, Founder and CEO of Ma­hashian Di Hatti (MDH), shares his thoughts on the es­sen­tial at­tributes and traits of be­ing suc­cess­ful in busi­ness and his phi­los­o­phy of life and work.

What is the se­cret be­hind your suc­cess and zest for life?

In life, ir­re­spec­tive of the choice of your pro­fes­sion, you need the sup­port of your fam­ily and friends to suc­ceed. We live in a so­ci­ety and are part of a highly in­ter­con­nected, col­lec­tive and co­op­er­a­tive com­mu­nity. Suc­cess in any field just isn’t pos­si­ble alone; rather it is de­pen­dent on sup­port and col­lab­o­ra­tion from oth­ers. Th­ese can be part­ners, em­ploy­ees, con­scious col­lab­o­ra­tors be­sides hav­ing a strong and sta­ble in­fra­struc­ture to work and grow. Sim­ply put, no one is an is­land and no sin­gle per­son can sur­vive with­out the sup­port of fel­low hu­man be­ings. Just as mul­ti­ple beads care­fully and har­mo­niously strung to­gether make a re­splen­dent neck­lace that en­hances the beauty of the neck, sim­i­larly our ca­pa­bil­ity and ef­fec­tive­ness flour­ishes when we con­nect with so­ci­ety. The string of suc­cesses that MDH has forged fills me with zest and pro­vides me the vigour to devote my­self to my peo­ple.

Which at­tributes have helped you build a suc­cess­ful ca­reer as In­dia’s best known spice ty­coon?

My in­volve­ment with busi­ness started when I was still a child. At an early age, I joined my fa­ther in his spices busi­ness. My close in­ter­face with running the var­i­ous facets of busi­ness made me re­al­ize the ef­fec­tive­ness and value of work­ing to­gether in a col­lab­o­ra­tive spirit. It also taught me about the myr­iad strug­gles of go­ing it alone. I am a firm be­liever in team­work and its ef­fi­cacy as a game changer. To be hon­est, since the in­cep­tion of the com­pany, I have seen my­self as the cap­tain – re­spon­si­ble for all the decisions and equally

ac­count­able. And I take im­mense pride in the fact that MDH spices is the undis­puted leader in North In­dia with more than 70% mar­ket share and one of the big­gest brands of spices man­u­fac­tur­ing al­most 50 dif­fer­ent types of spices. It’s in­cred­i­ble that we have man­aged to be mar­ket lead­ers for a long time; and I con­sider it the grace of Almighty that he has be­stowed in me the unique abil­ity to iden­tify the right tal­ent, as­sign them right roles and get the de­sired results. Be­sides as­sem­bling the team, I en­sure that each in­di­vid­ual has a clear un­der­stand­ing of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Great em­pha­sis is laid on cul­ti­vat­ing a work­place en­vi­ron­ment that fos­ters a great sense of be­long­ing and trust.

How do you look at suc­cess? Does your suc­cess mo­ti­vate you to keep work­ing even at this age when most peo­ple would have pre­ferred to re­tire long ago?

I be­lieve that suc­cess means achieve­ments that make us pop­u­lar and help garner the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of our cus­tomers. Only those achieve­ments that are to the good of so­ci­ety and end up ben­e­fit­ing hu­mankind qual­ify as suc­cess in my book. Ac­tions that are backed by good in­ten­tions are of­ten suc­cess­ful and help us lead a con­tented life. It’s my be­lief that good in­ten­tions geared to the ben­e­fit of all re­sult in good results. If our in­ten­tions are not no­ble and cor­rupted my mal­ice, then no mat­ter how much and how hard we strive, suc­cess will elude us.

And if the re­sult of your hon­est in­ten­tions com­bined with hard work is im­mense suc­cess and wealth, then con­sider it a bless­ing and in­dulge in char­ity to im­prove the lives and con­di­tions of the im­pov­er­ished and needy. Great seers have in­formed us that true hap­pi­ness flows from mak­ing oth­ers happy. So devote your life, en­er­gies, and re­sources to mak­ing oth­ers happy and mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on so­ci­ety. That, to me, is be­ing suc­cess­ful in life and that is hap­pi­ness at its best and last­ing. This is what en­er­gises my body and spirit and in­spires me to keep mov­ing for­ward and to newer heights.

Apart from your work and busi­ness, which are the other things close to your heart?

Apart from my busi­ness, my faith in ser­vice is very close to my heart and I con­sider it a form of wor­ship. As we know ser­vice to man is con­sid­ered to be at par with the ser­vice to God. All the great men that have walked the earth were ded­i­cated ser­vants of so­ci­ety and it’s that spirit of sac­ri­fice for the bet­ter­ment of so­ci­ety which made them great and im­mor­tal in our mem­ory. Even in con­tem­po­rary times, peo­ple who have dis­tin­guished them­selves and made a name for them­selves are well known for their spirit of ser­vice and char­i­ta­ble en­deav­ours.

Ever since I de­vel­oped an un­der­stand­ing of the world, ser­vice has been the cen­tral theme of my life. It started with serv­ing my par­ents at a young age and soon went to in­clude the peo­ple I came in con­tact with and grad­u­ally the com­mu­nity it­self. If I had to sum up my life and ideal then it would be “ser­vice of mankind is ser­vice to God” and that self­less ser­vice for the cause of hu­man­ity is as im­por­tant as wor­ship to God.

I take im­mense pride in the fact that MDH spices is the undis­puted leader in North In­dia with more than 70% mar­ket share and one of the big­gest brands of spices man­u­fac­tur­ing al­most 50 dif­fer­ent types of spices.

What ad­vice would you of­fer to young en­trepreneurs want­ing to make it big in the spice busi­ness?

Develop and nur­ture the qual­i­ties of hon­esty, in­tegrity, kind­ness, gen­eros­ity and hard work. Th­ese char­ac­ter­is­tics are the ma­jor de­ter­mi­nants of suc­cess. If you want to fol­low in my steps, then in­cul­cate my six pre­scrip­tions: Hon­esty, hard work, sweet­ness of speech, the grace of God Almighty, bless­ings of par­ents and love for your peo­ple and so­ci­ety.

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