At a time when the opening up of the Indian economy is providing new opportunities, eminent Parsis on Monday called on the youngsters in the community to go where their heart leads them, pursuing their dreams without fear of failure.
“The time is now. Jump in. Do not waver. Be like a tea bag that does not hesitate while getting into hot water,” said Yazdi Tantra, director of The Zoroastrian Bank.
Various achievers cited the attributes of truthfulness and trustworthiness associated with the community and asked the young to build on them.
“What is also very important is what you want to do. You should be very focused on that. You need to be hungry (for success) and failure should not even be an option in your mind,” said Keki Mistry, advisor at Cox & Kings, the oldest travel company in the world.
Yazdi, however, pointed out that “in the US, they say you should fail fast so that you can go as fast as you can.”
The leaders advised students to build on their strengths continuously, through education, to pursue the profession of their interest, to be prepared to change according to what the situation demands and to learn to be competitive.
Nadir Godrej, managing director, Godrej Industries said, “They must educate themselves and constantly look at ways to educate themselves.”
Neville Shroff, who manages the Zoroastrian Charity Fund, warned while education was important, one should not be preoccupied with textbook learning but think and look for ideas.
He underlined the need for more schooling and higher education facilities to cover more youngsters. This prompted a suggestion from the audience for reservations for Parsis.
Some pointed out while loans were available for youngsters, eminent people should be more involved in guiding them. “We do have some retired people who help youngsters,” said Homi Khushrokhan, a senior advisor in the equity market.