Lessons from the Book The Wit & Wisdom of Ratan Tata

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Recently I got the book The Wit & Wisdom of Ratan Tata from Hay House Publishers.
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This book is like an Inspiration, a life journey of Mr Ratan Tata.
This post is about What I learned from the book.Vidhya Thakkar- Indian blogger, Mumbai blogger, book blogger, Book blogger Mumbai, Book blogger IndiaVidhya Thakkar- Indian blogger, Mumbai blogger, book blogger, Book blogger Mumbai, Book blogger India

1: Ethics and Values are the most important.
Ethics and Values are the most important for any company, for any person. This book tells how JRD Tata was. How he never broke any law, nor did he cut corners or find a loophole. He always followed his principles, values and did not allow anyone to break them.
In life, it is very important to be our own self, work on our terms and conditions.

2: Be your own self:

When you are wearing the boots of a person who was a Legend, the worst thing I can do was to copy him or be him, because I could never be J.R.D Tata.

When Ratan Tata became The chairman of the Tata Group, he decided to be himself, work on his principles, his values and do what is right for the company.
We should not look for someone who is our carbon copy. Being different is better than following someone else, isn’t it? This is the most important thing that I learned from this book.

3: Experience each and every phase:
Different positions in different Tata Organisations had its own attributes, its pulls and pressures which made him what he is today.
This is the most important thing, each one of us should learn. To accept situations and solve them. These small experiences will help you in the future.

4: Passion Rules Us All.

It hasn’t felt like a job; It’s been more like a personal Issue.
It hasn’t been for money and it hasn’t been for visibility.
It’s just been the challenge and, to a Great extent, the Passion…

Whatever you do, do it with Passion. isn’t it true? In the end, it’s the passion that Rules us all. And the happiness of following our passion is something different than doing what we don’t like.

5: Go question it!

This is my favourite part of the book. I loved how he motivated young managers to question the system rather than accepting what is done in the past. for a growth of an organisation as well as person, it is important to question if you find it wrong.

Do not Conform, Grow!

7: Do something that you have never done before:

Are you winning to take the risk? to get out of your comfort zone and achieve something? another important lesson for life by the great man

Will you endeavour to dip your toe in the water and do something that you haven’t done before?

8: Mantra to always keep innovating.

It is easy to become the number one player, but it is difficult to remain number one.

9: Moderately Successful.
A person who is always down to earth, succeeds. isn’t it true? With small achievements we will fly, but not that high that we forget our grounds. What makes him successful is his nature, his thoughts.

I would not consider myself to have been tremendously successful or as having failed tremendously. I would say I have been moderately Successful.

10: The fear of Competition.
It’s the single largest element that stands between the true potential of what we can give to the world and where it is today. Competition never kills, it makes one more successful, and innovative in terms of how to deal with the problem.

11: Some more Quotes:

Barriers to innovation are usually in the mind.

Take the stones people throw at you.
And use them to build monuments.

Ups and downs in life are more important,
Because a straight line even in ECG,means we are not alive.

Nothing can destroy a person but his own mindset.

12: My favorite one:
I am, Unfortunately, a person who has often said:

You can put  a gun to my head and pull the trigger or take the gun away;I won’t move my head.

There is so much to learn from this book, from this person. Loved this article? get your copy now.

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Amrita Basu (Misra)

    Take the stones people throw to build your palace is a favourite quote.Loved your selection of quotes

    1. vidhya thakkar

      Thank You

  2. Tina

    he is such an inspirational man – bound to give great lessons. Lovely quotes.

    1. vidhya thakkar

      yes! Thank You

  3. Varsh

    I admire Ratan Tata for the humble man he is despite his extremely privileged lineage. He’s a role model most corporate honchos should take lessons from. Great quotes and takeaways from the book.

    1. vidhya thakkar

      Yes! he is an inspiration

  4. Abhijit

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the book on Mr. Ratan Tata. In my mind, may be many others also think in a similar way, Mr. Tata is a legend. His mild mannered way, his soft speech, yet a iron fist, his empathy all amazes me. He has managed the big Tata empire from an young age and made it grow. Yet, when his successor Mr. Cyrus Mistry did not function as per organisational philosophy, Mr. Tata was at the forefront of removing him.

  5. Neha Gupta

    Loved your collection of quotes. I love to go through inspirational stories when i am feeling low.

  6. Naesh

    Thanks for the sharing. Great messages.

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