I met Mr. Narayana Murthy (founder of Infosys) in award function at Delhi in 2010 when i was one of the 74 entrepreneurs selected by The Economic Times.
He is the best teacher and i can recall his replies and he said “better you start entrepreneurship early, later you may have more challenges” I was counting my age and i was late 😉 We all can learn from his wisdom and experiences.
Recently i read his interview in which he said you should adapt habits that cost nothing. The desire of money is always leads to do something you may not be interested to do, like you join a job position even you do not like it, but doing it just for the sake of money.
Always have habit of reading books, listening music and making new friends, that really do not cost any money.
Here is the interview with Mr. Murthy:
What was the best advice you received as a young man, and what advice do you now give to young professionals?
Murthy: The first lesson I learned was from my father who wanted his children to cultivate inexpensive habits. He said, “If you cultivate inexpensive habits, you will not become a victim of money in later years. And, you will not fall into the trap of greed which leads you to do things that you will later regret.”
He said, “You must cultivate the habit of reading.” In those days, in India (actually even today), every small town had a public library from which you could borrow a book free every day. You could also read magazines, journals and newspapers there, whatever you wanted. So, this habit did not cost any money.
He also said, “You learn to enjoy music.” My father was a schoolteacher. We were eight children. We were poor. We did not even have a radio at home. I am talking of the early 1950s. And he said, “Why don’t you go to the public garden and sit there. They play music from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.” So, we used to go there, sit there and enjoy music for an hour. And, that was free.
And finally he said, “Cultivate good friends and discuss interesting and useful things with these friends. These conversations do not cost you any money.” So the three habits that I learned from my father that I practise and enjoy even today, are: 1. Reading books. (I spend a reasonable amount of time in reading books on physics, mathematics and computer science). 2. I listen to music. I listen to Indian classical, Indian film songs in Hindi and Kannada, Western pop songs, Western classical and music of many nations. 3. I have a few friends with whom I can spend a lot of time. None of these things cost me much money.
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