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Today’s Story is About Narayana Murthy.
Who is this, you might ask? Well … here’s his story.
Narayana Murthy is a 72-year-old co-founder and former CEO of Infosys, the first Indian company to be listed on the NASDAQ (now on NYSE: $INFY) and one of the world’s software giants with over 200,000 employees.
Narayana is a self-made billionaire.
With Infosys, he has created six other billionaires and over 4000 millionaires. He has been listed among the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time by Fortune magazine.
The Economist ranked him among the most admired global leaders, and he was awarded:
- The Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India:
- Officer of the Legion of Honor by the Government of France;
- Officer of the British Empire’s Order by the Government of the United Kingdom;
- World Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, in 2003; and
- Philanthropist of the year by The Asian Awards, in 2013.
Impressed? Wait until you read the rest.
He’s born in India in 1946, one of the then poorest countries in the world. His family didn’t have furniture at home, so he was sleeping on the floor.
His father told him to choose his hobbies carefully and select ones that wouldn’t drain much from the family budget. So, his main hobbies were reading, listening to music, and talking with friends.
Back in the early 1980s, it was almost impossible to conduct business in India. Corruption and a big array of restrictions plus its socialist government had the power to decide which enterprise would succeed and which one would fail.
When Murthy, in 1981 with six other software specialists, co-founded Infosys, a software company, they did so without a computer. Can you imagine building a software company without a computer? Most likely not. Because to import a computer to India, they needed to have a license. To get a licence, they had to travel to Delhi and go through a lengthy and costly process.
Infosys was built with $250 saved up by seven founders.
Murthy and Infosys were located in Bangalore, and Delhi was 1500 miles away. Murthy couldn’t afford a flight, so he had to take the train. Because of bureaucracy, it required three years and 50 visits to Delhi – an equivalent to 200 days in total travel time.
Narayana was persistent and endured.
The team was dealing with a customer in America who allowed them to program on his computer. Six of the co-founders traveled to the United States to work on-site. At the same time, Naranya remained in India to clear up formalities and obtain the license to import their own computer.
It was impossible to send the team’s work between the US and India since there was no internet to submit their code. So, they used to write it out by hand and fax it — a quite tedious process. Not to mention the errors that would occur in the programming code and the lengthy delivery time, which would easily take 2 to 3 weeks.
After years of struggles, and the hassle of immense operating costs, they finally imported their computer, but that was only the beginning.
Today Narayana Murthy is a billionaire, and Infosys is the largest software company in the world, employing 200,000 programmers; this is more than Microsoft, Apple, and Google combined. In 2003, Naranya was the nominated as entrepreneur of the year.
Despite hopeless beginnings, he achieved unbelievable success. So what is it then, that makes billionaires, such as Narayana Murthy, thrive despite all the hardship they endure?
It seems that “the secret” is internal.
Billionaires know that it is up to them to make a move and make things happen. It is clear that they don’t allow unfavourable conditions to determine their success. Instead, they believe in cause and effect.
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THE BUSINESS CARD:
- Made his first million with: Software (Infosys).
- Business is… “about making this a more comfortable world.”
- Life motto: “The softest pillow is a clear conscience.”
- Would like to meet in person: Richard Feynman, the physicist.
- A most valuable piece of advice for him: “Put the interest of the institution and the community ahead of your personal interest.”
- Passion: Speed of action.
- Skills he doesn’t have: “I would like to be more intelligent than I am.”
- The best book on business: Winners Never Cheat by Jon M. Huntsman and Glenn Beck.
- Still want to achieve: Create a million jobs for people all over the world.
- Avoids in business: “Doing anything that will not enhance respect for me.”
- Most admired thought leaders: Mahatma Gandhi.