Mukesh Ambani is a bigshot in India, thanks to being the chairman of Reliance Industries Limited which serves as the second largest revenue generator to the country. He is in the top 20 richest people in the globe, yet remarkably modest. He loves Indian food, is a veggie lover and is often seen munching on delicacies in small setups instead of lavish hotels. He doesn’t endorse any brands nor does he speak out in public too often. All in all, he’s pretty low profile for a man that amazing. So what can we learn from the man who went from rags to riches? Here are some life lessons from his own mouth:
Let your actions be the highlight
“Essentially, whoever is successful, whoever is going to do things that make a difference, is going to be talked about.”
. You know what they say: Actions speak louder than words! Mukesh Ambani is one man who despite being such a renowned figure stays low in the news. He doesn’t have social media accounts where he shows off his money, nor does he come on news channels and talk on anything and everything. He has always believed that when you work hard, it will make your name itself. He heads and operates the huge $60 billion oil and gas colossal Reliance Industries, amongst India’s most prized corporations; and that is enough to make his name shine bright like a diamond!
“But our ambition should be realistic. You have to realize that you can’t do everything.’’
The guy believes that dreaming is essential. Without the formulation of a plan in your mind, you can never really strive to achieve anything. Grasping at straws won’t get you anywhere, unless your thought process has paved a way out. But Ambani also urges entrepreneurs to think straight and logical. While it is great to be determined; over confidence and unrealistic ideas will only result in failure. We are humans after all and there are certain limitations to what we can do.
Be vigilant always
“It is important to achieve our goals, but not at any cost.”
Mukesh Ambani states that while it is important to put your faith in people around you, you should always have a watchful eye. Snitches exist everywhere and trusting the wrong person can land you into hot water. They key to a successful business lies in balance; an equilibrium between what you share and what you hold back. At times, it might seem very alluring to put your trust into someone not so credible, but are you really willing to risk all you have? Consequently, it is pivotal that you remain enmeshed in your business at every level so you can judge and evaluate each person on the team.
Take some risks
“Dance to your own music and take some risks in life, because it is often the risk taker who changes the course of history’’.
Like every other successful businessman, Ambani encourages young entrepreneurs to take risks. Nothing good ever came out from being extra cautious or overly protective. Nevertheless, these risks need to be premeditated! Ambani has proven throughout his history that risks are meant to be taken, but only when you have the right cards.
Intuition is super important
“Any business that has the sole purpose of making money is not worth doing.’’
Mukesh Ambani has been the hot topic when it comes to his spending, but he has repeatedly made it clear that all that he earns is with a clear conscience and purity of heart. For him, running a business that harms others or does not benefit the underprivileged is useless. Now if a man with that mindset spends his hard earned money on his own life, why does it really bother anyone?
Always strive for what you really want
“Even when I was in high school, I used to spend long hours at office on weekend.”
Mr. Ambani fully believes in the power of hard work. The climb to the top starts from the bottom, and you’ve got to work your way up those steps. He has worked endlessly to achieve what he has today, and he urges youngsters to put their heart and soul into whatever they are striving for.
Keep your cool at all times
‘‘The important thing which I’ve really learned is how you do not give up, because you never succeed in the first attempt.”
We’ll all heard that poem with the itsy bitsy spider climbing the wall, but Mukesh Ambani took the real meaning. He accepts as true that no one can achieve something great in the very first try. There will always be hurdles, there shall be failure, and there definitely will be disappointment. What’s significant is that you get up after you fall!
Be at the front like a real man
“I guess when you are left on your own, you find your true potential. I remember my father never came to our school even once.’’
Ambani believes that no matter what the circumstances, you need to step up and take charge. No one wants to work with a guy who falls back and lets the others do all the dirty work. He learnt it the hard way, when his father never showed up in his school events or other gatherings where he wanted him too.
Keep a lookout for opportunities
“In my father’s language: To create something out of nothing.”
Mukesh Ambani focuses on that window of opportunity that pops open every now and then and also advises entrepreneurs to do that. It is pivotal to keep looking for good options and availing them timely.
Make sure you have a team
“Relationships and trust. This is the bedrock of life.”
Lastly, Mr. Ambani knows the importance of teamwork. He knows that one man alone might change the world but he needs his sidekick too! It is important to stem trust into all business relations to produce a product worth commending.