It never ceases to amaze me how much time people waste searching endlessly for magic shortcuts to entrepreneurial success and fulfillment when the only real path is staring them right in the face: real entrepreneurs who start real businesses that employ real people who provide real products and services to real customers.

Yes, I know that’s hard. It’s a lot of work. What can I say, that’s life. Besides, look on the bright side: You get to do what you want and you get to do it your way. There’s just one catch. You’ve got to start somewhere. Ideas and opportunities don’t just materialize out of thin air.

As I always say, the world is full of infinite possibilities and countless opportunities, but your life and career are finite, meaning you have limited time to find what you’re searching for and make your mark on the world. This is your time. It’s limited so don’t waste it. Find something you like to do and just do it. That’s how real entrepreneurs always start.

Humility is the key.

The tallest people who has really made it are great examples.

THE list goes on.
We have a saying – Sucess automatically leads to humility. When a flower develops
into a fruit, the petals drop off on its own. When one becomes successful ,
the ego vanishes gradually on its own. A tree laden with fruits always
bends low. Humility is a sign of greatness.

I can personally attest to the power of the underdog mentality. I spent the bulk of my fourty-year career competing against some of the tallest people in busness.

Like Microsoft, Intel and Samsung may have dominated their respective markets, but they never gave up a single percent of market share without fighting as if their very existence depended on it.

In one of the greatest business books of all time, What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School, Mark McCormack says that true champions are never satisfied with their own accomplishments. They live for the challenge of the next battle, not for the fruits of the last victory. For them, competing and winning is not an event, but a way of life.

2nd key is self-awareness:
an unabashed openness about their relentless drive for perfection. If that makes them hard-driving a-holes and tough to satisfy, so be it. Flawed as they may be, they make no apologies for who they are. They are their own genuine selves. I’ve always appreciated that quality. But then, I’m the same way

The takeaway is simple: If you want to be a winner, don’t act like one. Stay humble and grounded. That’s the way to achieve success over the long haul.

Rajmohan Pillai


  • John Samuel

    February 13, 2018

    Thanks for the two blogs by Rajmohan Pillai. I have particularly liked the one on humility as the hallmark of all great change-makers. Keep the good work.


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