Our CEO, Anup Patil, shares his personal journey and valuable insights as an entrepreneur in a candid interview with Glynda Alves from The Economic Times. In this light-hearted interaction, he also shares his favourite books and movies, giving us a glimpse into his approach to unwinding.
A quote that has always resonated with me is one by Gerard Way. He said, “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” This has always motivated me to keep pushing boundaries and make a difference. The very fact that at the drop of a hat, it can all come to an end makes you want to be a better version of yourself in every way, I also believe in the fact that satisfaction comes from within. It is not an external emotion that requires validation but a feeling of warmth that leaves you content.
Advice you wish you had starting out:
I wish I had known sooner how essential it is to learn the art of exploring. Only through the sheer power of curiosity can you build your own experiences and learn from them. Running a successful business revolves around this principle, as it is a combination of taking risks, erring, persisting, learning and growing. Professionally I have always admired Satya Nadella and N Chandrasekaran for their work ethics. They constantly inspire me to embrace change and to evolve myself and my organisation, in addition to being open about both my successes and shortcomings.
What are your habits for success:
I believe the most common habit in every successful person is having a grand vision. It is prudent to aim high and give your all to achieving it. It is equally important to identify the right team to execute this vision and empower them to execute it. In the process of achieving that vision, you end up making a huge impact, and you have great stories to tell.
What the last fewyears taught you:
The pandemic challenged me as a leader, and I encountered various hurdles like keeping up team morale, building patience over delayed outcomes and, most importantly, the value of mental health. On a personal level, truthfully speaking, the pandemic made me adept at household chores, and I emerged as a fairly decent cook at the other end of the tunnel. The pandemic was a difficult time for most of us. As a business owner, for me, an unexpected blessing was that it helped me identify people within the organization that genuinely wanted to build something great, wanted the best for our business and were in it for the long haul. In addition to this, our prospect market segments began leaning towards digitisation and remote monitoring and analysis, which led to a boost in demand for our solutions. We were pushed to our limits but emerged leaner and more robust than ever.
How do you unwind:
A book that I will always recommend to fellow entrepreneurs is Delivering Happiness by the former CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh, It gives you perspective on the keys to running a successful business. The book teaches you a lot about how important it is for an organisation to be customer-centric as well as uphold a strong company culture. It draws examples from the operation model of Zappos that eventually lead to it becoming a benchmark of exemplary customer service across the globe. My favorite movie of all time that I go back to every now and then is The Shawshank Redemption, Since my young days, I have always been gripped by the spectrum of strength, resilience and hope portrayed in the film. I must have watched it like 70-80 times already.