The mind works best 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,” says Alexis Leon a software engineer with Tata Consultancy Services.

“Instead of worrying about my losses, I started to count all the things I still had, and it was a revelation,” says Alexis Leon a software engineer with Tata Consultancy Services who met with a road accident, which left him paralysed waist down. Post accident he went through agonies associated with such an accident. But when you prepare yourself to think about how to overcome the challenges, you are able to endure the unendurable, accept the unacceptable, and move on to do the best with what you have. Leon prepared his mind to overcome the challenge and has done very well and went on to author over forty books on computing.

Most of us are healthy and have not experienced any of the challenges that people like Alexis Leon have endured, yet we are not living as vibrantly as we can. It is also important to realise that the likes of Alexis are as human as any one of us. Read more about people who live vibrantly, instead of reading about criminals in the newspapers. Better still, whenever you read about an achiever cut it out and paste it in your scrapbook for later reference.

“Victory belongs to the most persevering. Think of life as a win-win situation. Always attack a problem from all sides not just one,” says GM Rao, the founder of the GMR group. Rao was conferred the Entrepreneur of the Year award 2007.

Rao’s family was involved in trading jute and grain. All his family members had the most basic education. He was the first one to become an engineer in his family. After his education, Rao also started with trading in agriculture products, but later went on to become a force to reckon with in the infrastructure industry. GMR currently is building the airport in Delhi and also owns the IPL team the Delhi Daredevils.

Anil Aggarwal started out as a scrap metal trader from Bihar. Today, he is a billionaire and his firm, Vedanta Resources, is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and Aggarwal 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 made the CEO of McKinsey in 1994, and was the first Indian to break through the “glass ceiling” of the corporate boardrooms in the West. He was born in Kolkata and moved to Delhi with his parents when he was five. His father worked with a newspaper and mother was a teacher. His parents died when he was in his teens. But Gupta proved that adverse situation could make a man out of a boy.  If Alexis Leon, GM Rao, Rajat Gupta and Anil Aggarwal can do wonders, so can we. Let us just do it.