Dr U M Amin

(AUG. 13, 2016)

Dr. S.K. Mahapatra, Director, Jaipuria School of Business, faculty members and dear students of the PGDBM programme.

Good morning. I thank Dr. Mahapatra for providing with an opportunity to be at Jaipuria school of business amongst you and share some thoughts with you all.

The theme of my interaction with you that I have chosen is “It is all about you”.

Let me share an interesting event.

One day all the employees of a company reached office and found a big advice on the door on which was written:

“Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the gym.”

Narrate the event….. Everyone was curious to know who that person was? Who was hindering the progress? The excite grew as people reached the coffin kept in the room. One by one the employees reached the coffin. When they looked inside, they suddenly became speechless. Stood shocked and in silence as someone had touched the deepest part of their soul.

There was a mirror inside the coffin; everyone who looked inside could see himself/herself.

There was also a sign next to the mirror that said:

“There is only one person who is capable to set limits to your growth. It is YOU. You are the only person who can revolutionalize your life. You are the only person who can influence your happiness, your realisation and your success. You are the only person who can help yourself.”

Your life does not change when your boss changes, when your friends change, when your parents change, when your partner changes, when your company changes. Your life changes when YOU change, when you go beyond your limiting beliefs, when you realize that you are the only one responsible for your life. The most important relationship you can have is the one you have with yourself. Examine yourself, watch yourself. Don’t be afraid of difficulties, impossibilities and losses, be a winner, build yourself and your reality.

The basic attributes that you need to cultivate to become a successful business manager or leader are:

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Hard work, going the extra mile
  • Creativity
  • Self confidence

To be successful, follow ASK

To succeed

  • Begin with your strengths, imaginary rabbit story
  • Remember a rupee earned is of far more value than five found. A friend’s story about niece always complaining about breakfast.
  • Importance of humility, be grateful to parents, teachers, seniors, who give so much that we cannot repay.
  • Always strive for excellence, looking to those better than us, keep learning.
  • Never give up in adversity.
  • Be open to change but never compromise on our values. Gandhi ji once said, you should open the windows of mind BUT should not be swept off your feet by breeze.
  • Have faith in our own ideas even if everyone tells us that we are wrong, story of news paper vendor
  • Treat failure as a natural phenomenon,
  • Lost his job
  • Got defeated for legislature
  • Started business and failed
  • Wife died of a fatal disease
  • Experienced nervous breakdown
  • Applied for the post of land officer and didn’t get it
  • Contested for senate and lost
  • Contested for vice president and lost
  • Again contested for senate and lost
  • And two years later got elected as
  • President of the US of A
  • Who was the person?


Does not mean It means
You are a failure You have not yet succeeded
You have accomplished nothing You have learnt something
You will never be able to do You have to do it in a different way
You are inferior You are not perfect
You have wasted your life You have to start afresh
You should give up You should try hard
You will never achieve It takes a little longer
God has abandoned you God has a better idea; you will get the idea if you have faith in HIM
Name What was he What did he became
Einstein Patent clerk World famous scientist
Abraham Lincon Poor Farmer’s son President USA
Homer Blind Great Greek writer
Bethoven Deaf Famous music compsr
Thomas Edison Matriculate Great inventor
M S Oberoi Clerk Biggest chain hotelier
G D Birla Studied upto 3rd standard Renowned industrialist
Bill Gate College drop out You know who he is?

Lastly, future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams, so……….

Dream big, dream bigger, think+, choose the best, analyse more, plan perfectly, be confident, work hard and execute well —– success will be yours, great future awaits you. I do hope that you achieve success in whatever way you define it and what gives you maximum happiness in life. Remember those who win and succeed are those who believe they can. May you realise your wildest dreams.

May GOD Bless you all

Dr U M Amin
Director, FMS, Jamia Millia Islamia