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My Inspiration.

My memories of a #madeofgreat go back to my working career where a college pass out joins with great dreams and expectations hoping to make it big in the Industry. Here you meet many who ensure that you are pressurized and pushed to the limits and after a year or two the same enthusiastic youth takes a back seat eventually realizing that he too is part of the large crowd of millions who leave their home early morning in search of their bread and butter and are part of a monotonously running system which never changes. Slowly the youth gets the same color and texture of the crowd of those millions and fades away becoming one among them. After some more years, he does not have any dream of making it big and pulls on his life and career like a worn out coat. We all should understand here that ‘Living’ is different and ‘Surviving’ is another. Living can be dangerous, but is definitely exciting while Surviving is just Pulling on in life and is boring for sure. This is the crucial stage in any youth’s life after spending some years in the industry of his chosen career, maybe his/her last chance to stand out in the crowd. This is the place where every working individual has to reach and this is the stage which seals his entire career thereon.

After following the same trend mentioned and after spending a good 10 years of my life without achieving much in companies I worked for, I started working in an organization where I met my #madeofgreat. We will name him as Mr.X as being a humble human being that he is, he has asked me not to name him anywhere in my posts. So Mr. X was the Executive Director of the firm I had joined as a Senior Executive. There was already a system in place with over 500 employees and I was at one of the lowest positions in the hierarchy. I was following a 9-6 job with nothing much to do except generate fresh leads and clients through my field visits. Mr. X was introduced to us in one of the Induction programs and except for the pleasantries we had not exchanged much of a conversation.

As luck would have had it, One of the Branch manager was fired overnight and I was called upon by the Director and was offered a temporary charge of the Branch (looking at my past experience) till a new branch manager was appointed. I decided to make the most of it and gave it my best. I made it a habit to stay till after office hours and ensure that the day’s work and accounts were closed the same day. On the 9th day of my taking charge, Mr.X happened to make a sudden visit to the branch and asked to check the records for the previous nine days. I kept wondering as to why Mr.X wanted to check the records for the Tenure of my being the Branch Manager. I realized only later that he wanted to check my working style and seemed pretty happy with it. He asked me to accompany along with him on a High profile client visit the next day and was lucky to spend the whole day with my #madeofgreat. Mr.X turned out to be a monster when it came to work and worked till late hours of the evening to ensure that the All-India network of the company functioned well. He was known to take dare devil business decisions which always clicked the right way. The chairman called him every fortnight and warned him of dire consequences if something went wrong but never did anything, probably because he knew that Mr. X always took the decisions and the risks to take the company ahead. The chairman Trusted the authenticity, reliability, simplicity and the innovative actions of Mr.X completely. During my tenure with the company, I saw that Mr.X had taken the company sales up by a whooping 37%. Not only was he himself #madeofgreat, but he also did seek excellence and promoted self belief. Whenever he saw an individual with Leadership qualities, he went out of the way to help the person grow. I was one of the lucky ones, he inspired me a lot and I was in awe of his strength and dedication at 55+ of age. I made it a point to meet him once a day after that and spend some time with him to learn from him. He too developed a liking for me and eventually I was given the full time charge of a Branch Manager. He called me the same day and asked me what my plans were and how did I intend to pursue them. I assured him that I would give him and the company my best.

From that day onward we always went together when we had a high profile and important business visit. He complimented me for my presentation skills which he effectively used in client visits and that helped us bag many contracts. He gave me a free hand to run the Branch my way and the results were soon seen. He allowed and encouraged me to take calculated business risks which paid off well and my Branch Sales figures shot up to almost Double. In the next APM, my Branch topped the All-India Network with the best sales figures and both my Asst Branch Managers got rewards for best performance. The Managing Director and the Chaairman too were present for the APM and they praised my presentation skills. Mr.X had inspired me to ‘Live’ and not ‘Pull on life’. I made one of the finest presentations of my life during that APM which propelled me to the Regional manager post and then the AVP of the company in two quick promotions in the coming year. My example is still given in the same company even today of the meteoric rise from a Senior Executive to the position of an Asst Vice President in 3 years, something which no one has yet achieved in the 23 years of the company’s history. I feel proud thinking of my achievement in that organization, but I always remain indebted to Mr.X who taught me how to Live and not Survice. He was the one who encouraged me to start my own venture when I got the necessary resources and help to my disposal and gave me a grand farewell. While parting my #madeofgreat gave me a simple Mantra which I have already shared with you. He said “ Living can be tough, but it is always exciting. Whenever you walk along with others on the streets of this city, you will feel the adrenaline rush if you are ‘Living’. So never ‘Survive’ in life, dare to do something different and keep a positive approach to life. Failure is always followed by success. Learn to take failure in your stride and leap towards success again and again till you succeed.” I still recollect his words which have helped me achieve all what I have in my life. He will forever remain my hero and my #madeofgreat.    

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86 thoughts on “My Inspiration.

  1. Lionel Messi and Tata Motors, It is two faints coming together to make an impact.

    Nice post UK. Inspiration and mentorship is hard to come by. Good to see it in your life. All the best.


  2. Lionel Messi is an international brand standing for the same universal values as Tata Motors, namely :
    Service through Superlative Performance
    Dedication to quality
    Consistent Delivery
    Self-belief and Faith
    Lionel Messi is therefore, the right person to push forward Tata Motors to the international arena, where success depends on exposure – Exposure that convinces the world of the universal values Tata Motors shares with Messi.

    Request to bloggers: Please do not plagiarize this content or use it anywhere without my permission.

  3. A man of value automatically becomes a man of success and an inspiration, like Mr. X with a genius like UK are one and the same! You have transformed yourself from the necessary to the ordinary to the extraordinary as Mr.X became a rainbow in your cloud!

    1. Tata motors and Lionel Messi…one of a kind and true representatives of what they stand for…a deadly combo of eclat and elan that take the lovers of the game and the machine by storm!

  4. Tata Motors is a good brand in India. Now they have expanded their operation by acquiring Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR brand). JLR is one of the best brands in motor vehicle segment. Who better to represent them other than Lionel Messi? Messi is one of the greatest brands in contemporary soccer. His popularity spans over the globe. I am sure association of Messi will increase popularity of TATA motors all the more all across the globe.

  5. Well, it is a case of greatness which can’t be questioned at all. It already sounds great with them together, and a lot more should follow.

  6. Tata Motors association with Lionel Messi is simply awesome. Three things are common in Tata Motors and Lionel Messi:
    Free Will
    Independent Thinking and

  7. This is an inspiring post. And to think you had a meteoric rise from Sr. Exec to EVP in just 3 years is truly commendable! Congrats on that.

    I feel Lionel Messi and Tata Motors are the kith and kin of the same team (an international brand), share similar goals (long-term international growth) and are here to stay for the long run.

  8. Well… looks like this is not actual as none of the charactors exist(: … but nice lessons the need to take risks in life to suceed, calculated risks and the difference between survival and living. Ofcourse this guy had talent and deserved to do well in life with good oppurtunities, that was evident as he did his work sincerely and properly… good that the story has a happy ending too(:

  9. Very nice Kaancha. We all have those in our life that have helped us become something more. Perhaps they saw something great in us and they encouraged us to make the most of it. Mentors to help us “live” and not just “survive” 🙂

  10. Hi UK, this post is completely a boss! It just goes to say that it takes a great deal of grit and conviction for a boss to become a leader. Best wishes to you and him, hope you continue have exciting times at work ahead. Each word of his advice is true, thank you for sharing! Messi & Tata Motors have provided us a wonderful chance to speak about people who have influenced us in a great way, he is the ambassador of inspiration and hard work in the truest sense. Publicity apart, this frankly is something we as bloggers should make the best use of, tell each other about people who make us 🙂

    1. Thank you for dropping by Dr.Raksha, and the best wishes given…and thank you for the answer.. 🙂

  11. I see you found the X, which I always searched in algebric equations. I should have searched with your eyes and may be I may have been lucky enough to find three three of them.

    Very impressive penning. Keep it up.

    As to question of Tata Motors association with
    Lionel Messi, I see them to be very sane in their choice of their brand ambassador. Lionel Messi suffered from growth hormone deficiency since childhood but still overcame all drawbacks with strong will power and rose to be the best sports person in the world. I see the union of Lionel Messi with to be greatly rewarding for Tata Motors.

  12. Integrity backed by lots of hard work and constant innovation to stay in the game and yet ahead of the curve….that’s what ties Lionel Messi to Tata Motors !!

  13. I like the words (marked in purple colour) said by him very much.
    Tata Motors and Lionel Messi are two giants who come together to attain their goals and mark their impact on young generation.

  14. So glad to know that Mr. X went out of the way to help his subordinates grow! Many-a-times, seniors holding significant positions develop a weird arrogance.

    Wonderful post, UK!

    As for the question- Messi is the absolute best in his field. An association with him is sure to provide a great boost to the already prime reputation of Tata Motors’! This combination is the start of a great era, where Indian workmanship will be renowned all over the world. Undoubtedly, a great move for the Indian automotive Industry. 🙂

    Do check out mine! 🙂

    1. Thank you Radhika.. 🙂
      Thanks for the wonderful answer too..
      I am checking and commenting on your post right away.. 🙂

  15. Not all bosses are leaders and not all leaders can be bosses.
    But those bosses who lead are rare and must be felicitated.

    To answer the question… both Tata Motors and Lionel Messi have built a solid reputation. This foundation is built on the sheer perseverance and self belief and the ability to not resting till they achieve what they had planned to. And once they reach that stage… its so easy for both to say Veni Vidi Vici and then move on…to higher and more difficult to achieve aims. They both have set very high standards, and if anyone does want to surpass them they’ll have to work very hard indeed.
    Cheers to greatness. – See more at: http://baketitude.blogspot.in/2015/11/following-in-your-footsteps.html

  16. Nicely written! It was great to read about the personality that Mr. X possesses. 🙂

    I would like to establish an analogy to this rock-strong merger through a stanza or two of verse:

    ‘What drives us from within is what makes us great’
    Belief in oneself, the zeal to put up a brave face,
    In the face of adversity, to stand strong against fate,
    That’s how life is – it’s an excellent goal to chase!

    To create a name for oneself, from the soil your feet dampen,
    To let critics enhance your effort, not let your spirits dampen,
    It’s the journey that counts, more than having scaled the peak,
    To persevere so that it’s your actions that have the loudest shriek!

    To sum up, I feel that this age-old adage rings true whenever I think of this beautiful alliance of an Indian Global Brand – Tata Motors and a Global Argentinian Sportsperson – Lionel Messi

    “Our Similarities bring us to a common ground; Our Differences allow us to be fascinated”

    That realization is truly #madeofgreat. 🙂

    1. Thanks for dropping by and appreciating the post. 🙂
      Thank you for the wonderful answer.. 🙂

  17. Messi is the perfect choice for Tata Motors. We just need someone to show us the right way and need a strong support, and when one gets this, a Messi is born. The story of Messi’s struggle and success is truly inspiring. And in a way, Tata Motors story is same. They both touched success after struggle and a lot of hard work. Not only will their association would send out the message of #madofgreat (the true meaning of it) but as Messi is known all around the world and people from every age group is his fan, because of his alliance with Tata Motors now the world would also recognize this Automobile manufacturer. Hopefully, with the kick of this new addition, the company would reach to its goal.

  18. Great post UK.. This itself is an inspiration to many.
    Coming to the association of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi, well Frankly, when two great people meet, they create a history and their association is a perfect example of the merger of two great people an they are ready to create a history.

  19. Nice post UK. There are very few people in life who can inspire us to think out of the box and go beyond our capacity to achieve success in our life and career. Great to know that, you were lucky to meet one such person.

    Regarding the association of Lionel Messi and Tata Motors I think, when two champions in their respective field comes together they can create magic and work towards making earth a little better place to live.

    Thanks. Hope you will check my blog and will like it.

  20. Two things before I answer the question about association of Tata Motors with Lionel Messi.
    1. Your blog is very good. I have read quite a few posts on it, though this is the first time I am posting a comment.
    2. Mr. X in your post does seem to be blessed with great work ethics.

    Now my answer to the question:

    Both Tata Motors and Lionel Messi stand for performance and class, who set the benchmark for others to follow and spread delight to millions.

    1. Thanks for dropping by and reading the post with so much interest Ashwini.. 🙂
      Thank you for the wonderful answer. Please stay tuned.. 🙂

  21. Tata Motors has gained the goodwill from giving the best and innovative Automobiles and it is also known as one the best Automobile Manufactures. And if you see the Lionel Messi , his throughout dedication, zeal , targeted goal of life and technically soundness make him big, achiever and remarkable position in the world.
    As per me, the association of Tata Motors and Messi is a grand amalgamation of two legendary entities of the world, and their amalgamation will definitely break down the clutters and affect the cut throat competition of Tata Motors. Tata motors will sure get a huge preference by the fans of Messi. This will sure make a record on the of Tata motors in the world of production or may be the highest selling automobiles.
    Tata motor’s main target is to give an impression on the large amount of crowd and this can be achieved only through the Messi, because the youth generation is crazy for MESSI and this can be smart move and a great achievement for Tata Motors they positioned MESSI as their BRAND AMBASSADOR .
    In the nutshell, Tata Motors , Messi joining hands will definitely give more soundness in technicality of promotional strategies and Messi’s influence will influence the audience for choosing Tata Motors and expand the business drastically.

  22. Tata Motors’ association with Lionel Messi spells a significantly notable alliance that will steer the company towards favourable benefits. I always acknowledge Tata Motors as a distinctive name in Auto industry, which will not let the success ‘larger-than life’ elude from its fate now with a timeless guild with iconic figure Messi. I don’t see this union of Tata Motors as an aspirational effort for garnering some quick publicity and evoke specific reaction from myriad crowd with Celeb branding, but is rightly an embellished handshake for keeping up the pace to get to the pinnacle of success graph. To sum things up, I am joyous to see the brand and the star uniting for ‘One in a Million’ #madeofgreat power-packed drive ahead 🙂

    Do share your views on my post as well http://maliveandkicking.blogspot.in/2015/11/holiness-of-character-is-key-to-be.html

    1. Thanks for dropping by Shilpa..:)
      Thanks for the beautifully explained answer.. 🙂
      I will visit your post right away..

  23. It was great to know about Mr.X who inspired you and made you think out of the box. It’s a rare association when we can truly find a person who is literally our friend, philosopher, and guide… 🙂

    I think Tata Motors-Lionel Messi is a wonderful collaboration. Messi has given so much to football and he is a living legend. His moves and determination in the field inspire a billion fans. Tata Motors has a strong bond with people since its conception. The company feels for people and has a range that can even be affordable by people with a not-so-good income. Messi being their ambassador will strengthen the bond of the company with people. We have trust in Messi, we can depend on him in a match. We have trust in TataMotors in the road of life…. Both are absolutely dependable and trustworthy. …. 🙂

  24. Can’t express how ecstatic I am feeling after becoming aware of such a splendid personality like Mr. X from your life. Such a mentor is certainly the ‘gem of a person’ with a ‘heart of gold’. You have portrayed the impact of him on your life so beautifully. Hats off to this role model who has carved an indelible imprint on your life, a master for his noteworthy contribution in giving your life a whole new definition and kudos to you for such a great write-up. 🙂

    Tata motors, the name speaks power, patronage and patriotism to we, the Indians, as this is our very own arena of trust and belief loaded with performance and excellence. When Tata motors got associated with the living legend Lionel Messi, this association has become the merger of Tiitans, the coalition of two power-packed performers.

    • Leo Messi, the football maestro, is the performer par excellence on the football courts while Tata motors is the makers of masterpieces to conquer the roads. This is the one union that is #madeofgreat power and perseverance.
    • While Messi is being counted for his winning stride, Tata Motors is the reason for Indians to feel pride. This is the one alliance that is #madeofgreat quantum and quality.
    • While Leo Messi is the personification of panache, Tata Motors is the portrayal of perfection. This is the one amalgamation that is made of great presentation and practicality.

    So, for The Style Symphony, Tata motor’s association with Lionel Messi is #madeofgreat value that is indeed going to benefit the automotive industry with a new zeal to touch the zenith.

  25. Tata Motors has earned the goodwill from giving the best and innovative Automobiles and it is also known as one the best Automobile Manufactures. And if you see the Lionel Messi , his throughout dedication, zeal , targeted goal of life and technically soundness make him big, achiever and remarkable position in the world.
    As per me, the association of Tata Motors and Messi is a grand amalgamation of two legendary entities of the world, and their amalgamation will definitely break down the clutters and affect the cut throat competition of Tata Motors. Tata motors will sure get a huge preference by the fans of Messi. This will sure make a record of Tata motors in the world of production or may be the highest selling automobiles.
    Tata motor’s main target is to give an impression on the large amount of crowd and this can be achieved only through the Messi, because the youth generation is crazy for MESSI and this can be smart move and a great achievement for Tata Motors they positioned MESSI as their BRAND AMBASSADOR .
    In the nutshell, Tata Motors , Messi joining hands will definitely give more soundness in technicality of promotional strategies and Messi’s influence will influence the audience for choosing Tata Motors and expand the business drastically.

  26. Hi
    Indeed a nicely written post. I wish you good luck for the contest
    Here is my answer
    The association of Tata Motors with Lionel Messi is that of two greats. Lionel Messi has been exceptionally talented who with his hard work, determination and sacrifices has got better and tougher in his chosen sport so is the Image, reputation and quality of TATA Motors that have transformed brilliant ideas into masterpieces of engineering and created a brand and products that we are so proud of as Indians. Lionel Messi has transformed his body and the mind body co-ordination into a masterpiece of precision and excellence it would not be wrong to say that Lionel Messi is the TATA Motors of sports where as TATA Motors is the Lionel Messi of vehicles both giants in their own spheres driven by the drive to excel and lead by example. So Lionel Messi is the best choice for becoming the brand Ambassador for TATA Motors

  27. Tata Motors, born in 1945, 60,000 employee strength, $42 billion turnover, is a part of $100 billion Tata group found by Jamsetji Tata in 1868. Tata Motors motto of sustainability and the spirit of ‘giving back to society’ is a core philosophy.

    Lionel Messi, born in 1987, was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency as a child but did not take it as a disadvantage but made it his advantage. With his relatively short height, Messi enjoys a lower center of gravity compared to the tall players and with this he changes directions quickly, dribble at speed and thus score at will. Tata Motors with Nano on one end of the price spectrum and JLR on the end of spectrum, has a similar ability of agility in product segmentation, and thus scoring at will.

    Both Tata Motor and Lionel Messi have philanthropy as their common DNA. While everyone in India knows about the generosity of the Tata group not many are aware of the generous side of Messi who has contributed time and finance for UNICEF and also has founded the Leo Messi Foundation, which supports access to health care, education, and sport for children.

    Both Lionel Messi and Tata Motors are honest in their approach and neither Lionel Messi will start biting nor will Tata Motors manipulate emission norms for a few more goals or a little more profit.

    So, my opinion the coming together of the two is greatness attracts greatness to achieve greater success, and make the world a much better place.

  28. Your post describes #madeofgreat so well that it has winner written all over it. Good luck for your entry.
    Here is my answer.
    Like minds think and act alike looking at the track record of TATA Motors it has stood the test of time and built a business that was built using bricks of hard work on a foundation of trust. Authenticity, reliability, simplicity, as well as its commitment to innovation are the trademarks of brand TATA Motors. These same qualities are present in Lionel Messi who with his immense talent has made a mark for himself on the international football field .Facing all hardships he has worked hard toiling on the fields and in training sessions facing injuries and pressure to come out trumps and be a winner. Thus these two greats Lionel Messi and TATA Motors are made for each other .There association is a bond of two legends
    In case you pick me a winner my email id is : princess09hema@gmail.com
    Fingers crossed 🙂

  29. Your post defines #madeofgreat to the hilt. Goodluck for the contest
    My answer is:
    Authenticity, reliability, simplicity, as well as its commitment to innovation are the pillars of strength on which TATA have built a brand that has put India on the global map. It is a brand that has stood the test of time just like Lionel Messi who tackles opposition on the field with his skill,agility,strategy,brilliance and raw power to reach and score a goal so has been the track record of TATA motors who has become a brand leader and a global giant. These qualities make TATA Motors and Lionel Messi perfect partners who stand for the same set of values thus Lionel Messi is the perfect brand ambassador to represent TATA Motors.
    Hope my best to be a winner here; do contact me for the prize at mahima2014j@gmail.com
    fingers crossed

  30. Your post is indeed #madeofgreat. People with experience and sharing experience are rare to find. They can simply share there thoughts and it becomes our lesson.

    About Lionel Messi and Tata Motors association, I just wanna say it’s just an example of excellence where two pioneer of their respective field comes together to create a #madeofgreat association

  31. Yours is a very well written post your .Its is a very nice description of #madeofgreat
    TATA Motors is a brand associated with performance, endurance and excellence. These words are also synonymous with Lionel Messi who plays as a forward and weaves his magic on the football field.Just as Lionel Messi is considered the best footballer in the world ,TATA motors which is Indias premier automotive manufacturer gives wheels to the people of India with its wide range of vehicles. Both believe in excelling in whatever they do and set examples for others to follow. They compliment each other as both are reliable trustworthy and leaders thus Lionel Messi is the natural choice as the brand ambassador of TATA Motors
    Please consider me as a winner
    Email: yagneshbjoshi10099@gmail.com

  32. Mr X is indeed great!

    My answer: Lionel Messi is one who has risen from his roots to the
    great, commanding position in soccer he holds today. He has made
    excellence his habit, and brilliance his being. He just does what he’s
    good at to the best of his ability, with humility and precision. His
    every kick, every move is a master-stroke, making millions sit up and
    take notice. Being great is not his goal or destination, but just the
    way he naturally is. The best part is that he’s constantly evolving to
    be better at his game through dedication and practice, how much ever
    great he may already be! All these characteristics also personify Tata
    Motors, which is constantly working to produce ever more sophisticated
    cars for the modern global denizen. Rising from being a small motors
    company, Tata Motors is today a huge global brand commanding respect
    and awe in every country. Its acquisition moves make the world sit up,
    while its humility and all-encompassing nature in assimilating
    different cultures and people is the ability even legendary brands are
    unable to master. Tata Motors and Lionel Messi undoubtedly are two
    greats, where one plus one do not make two but their energies combine
    to give a far superior synergy and result…like…a perfect 100! Great
    that this brand association has happened!

    Email: amrita.sabat@gmail.com

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