Harsh Mariwala, Ritesh Agarwal, N Venkatram: India Inc bosses reveal the word that inspires them
Harrods MD Michael Ward revealed that he has never done anything in one word.
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‘Grit’: Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico
“The key word is grit, which is a combination of passion and perseverance or passion and determination. By itself, passion is not enough because if you don’t have perseverance [as well], you will not persist. Sometimes, just by passion, you won’t succeed. If you keep persevering, you’ll try again and again and that’s how you’ll succeed.”
‘Perseverance’: Ritesh Agarwal, Founder, OYO
“When I started my entrepreneurial journey with the first hotel in Gurugram, it was about solving a problem and delivering a standardised and quality-assured experience to guests. Since I was taking care of the operation end-to-end, including housekeeping and guest experience, I learnt a lot on the go. Those learnings from my initial days formed the building blocks of what the company is today.”
‘Complacence’: Michael Ward, MD, Harrods
“One word is really difficult. I don’t think I’ve ever done anything in one word. [But] I suppose, [be wary of] complacence. I hate for anyone to be complacent. If you ever feel comfortable, you will probably fail because you’re not trying for the next thing and the next thing and the next thing. You’re always striving to do [more] if you are never complacent.”
‘Instinct’: N Venkatram, CEO, Deloitte India
“If I had to sum up my career advice, it would be, follow your instinct. We face so many decisions or situations where you feel pressured or unsure and the best thing to do is to trust your gut. I’ve met people who regret not following their instinct.
‘Persistence’: Johnny Sandelson, Chairman, Thomas Goode & Co.
“I wouldn’t quite say obstinate but maybe dogged or persistent. You know that Winston Churchill thing where they keep knocking you down and you have to keep standing up and fighting — it’s that sense of persistence [that will help you get to the next level].”