One man was born in Penang, Malaysia to a well-educated Indian origin. He then attended accounting and management education in London and Illinois. He worked for several years as an information engineer for companies like IBM – in South East Asia and North America.
This man rose from being a taxi driver to a top business magnate. The man is the accomplished Dr. Vijay Eswaran. He is an entrepreneur, an author, and philanthropist. He is the founder and executive chairman of QI Group of Companies.
He rose through the ranks by serving in different roles being inclusive of a security guard, a gas attendant, and cab driver. These jobs he did, did not deter his ambitions to become a top corporate leader. He was also given an opportunity to manage a company in which he felt he was cheated. However negative this was, it opened doors for him – an excellent chance that trained him to the enterprise.
After settling in as top corporate, he has shifted his focus to being a philanthropist, motivational speaker and author sharing tips and thoughts about management, change, and leadership. He stands out more as a motivational speaker and author detailing his experience in life.
In one of his books, Two Minutes from the Abyss, Vijay Eswaran equates sense urgency to a candle that transforms darkness to a comforting glow. The sense of urgency is a guide that one should have control over – and something that we all must have to succeed.
In the same book, Vijay Eswaran outlines the stages of learning as discernment, analysis, total focus, and detachment. The effect of learning is equated to yearning for more. He also warns of ego as the most significant deterrent to our learning process. We must be ready to isolate ego from our identity.
In highlights, Vijay outlines rules of confrontation. The rules focus on your emotions, confrontation of the issue, proper communication, objectivity, awareness of others, the potential of compromise and learning.
Vijay in another opinion maker shares how fear drives success. Where others look at fear as negative energy, Vijay makes fear positive. Vijay expresses that fear is excitement camouflaged. Fear can bring the thrill, excitement – adventurous journey or danger, terrible imagining of scenarios. The former option is favorable for our heavy lifting. Fear guides us in our endeavors and mostly happens when we want to new or unknown things. Fear also makes us vulnerable. It can hold us back or push to win or lose – resulting in learning moments.
Care, clarity of vision, having core values and creating sacrifices are the guiding principles to Vijay Eswaran`s leadership.