“One should always think how he/she can do good for the people or society and should never compromise when it coms to upholding moral values.” This was the advice of Ratan Tata, industrialist and chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, to students from various states who gathered to attend ‘Yuva Summit 2013’, organised by Deshpande Foundation in Hubli on Wednesday.
“New learning will happen when one starts his/her professional life. One should start each morning with enthusiasm to move towards success,” he said.
Before the summit, Tata interacted with young entrepreneurs as part of ‘Development Dialogue 2013’ where he said every citizen has equal opportunities in India. Answering to a question on the difference between an entrepreneur and an innovator, he said while the entrepreneur sees opportunity in the market, the innovator looks out for new ideas. He said he won’t do any work that is against his principles.
Tata also presented awards to young leaders who set examples on how to serve the society under the LEAD project of the foundation.
Lesson in humility
When Tata was returning to his seat after presenting the Best Leader award to a student, a glass that was kept on a teapoy fell down and broke as his leg inadvertently hit the teapoy. He helped volunteers remove glass pieces and even apologised to them for the lapse, setting an example to the students on how one can be a corporate icon and yet be humble.
When Tata was about to leave the venue to fly back to Mumbai, students who thronged to see him and seek his blessings, urged him to stay back and continue his talk. However, the adventurous industry icon, who piloted the single-engine aircraft from Mumbai to Hubli, took leave by saying: “Mumbai airport will be busy. So, I have to start as per schedule.”