Ghanshyam Sarda Addresses IIEST College Alumni Association On Survival Instinct
Ghanshyam Sarda recently addressed a gathering of the IIEST College Alumni Association where he talked about the importance of developing good survival instinct for the budding entrepreneurs and managers. He stressed on the fact that one should not get disheartened and stop trying after a few failures and gave the example of Abraham Lincoln and Henry Ford who got highly successful later in life, despite several initial setbacks.
The meeting was attended by several dignitaries like Prof. Shankar Sen, vice chancellor, Jadavpur University, Prof. Nikhil Ranjan Banerjee, Vice Chancellor, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology and Rabindranath Dutta, Sheriff of Calcutta.
Even in India, Narayana Murthy started INFOSYS in 1981 with ten thousand rupees borrowed from his wife, along with six other professionals. The Company stumbled along for 7 years and around 1988 the six other partners wanted to quit. Narayana Murthy, however, remained steadfast. He had full faith and belief in his vision and told them that if they wanted, they could sell their shares to him. He knew that he had a mission to accomplish and worked with a clear vision towards it. The result is before the world today.
Mr.Sarda told, “My own life started in extremely trying and modest circumstances with a most ordinary background of raw jute trading and a company having the strength of one and a half people – when I say half, I mean one Accountant and a Peon. Today our group has a workforce of almost one lac people.”
Ghanshyam Sarda added, “I started my career in a small open cubicle of 10 feet x 10 feet. I faced all kinds of opposition – from family members to the highest Political levels. However, friends my target, my goal, my mission were always a priority for me and today we are one of the largest employers in Bengal having diverse Industries from Jute to chemicals to IT. I have always believed that adversity is the best University.”
Ghanshyam Sarda went on to quote some classics to motivate the present students:
The Survivor sees an answer for every problem.
The loser sees a problem for every answer.
Survivors have dreams
Losers have schemes.
Winners say, I must do something;
Losers say; something must be done.
They see the gain;
Losers see the pain.
They make it happen
Losers let it happen.
He concluded by remarking “Knowledge is not power, knowledge is only potential power. It transforms itself into actual power the moment you decisively act on it. Knowledge is knowing what to do next, but the more important skill is knowing how to do it”.