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