An evening with a celebrity
We all have a perception that a celebrity would be very arrogant, snobbish or full of himself. Well, for the most part it is true. My opinion completely changed after meeting Lord Karan Bilimoria.
He is a British Indian Entrepreneur who happens to be the Chairman and Managing Director of Cobra Beer. Besides, he has been the youngest Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham but also an Independent Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords.
We were blessed by his gracious presence at the Westminster Business School when he attended a talk on “Boldness in Business.” After the talk was over, I decided to connect with him to seek some guidance and to calm my curiosity levels. He turned out to be a gentleman with sweet gestures and a warm personality. He was simple in thoughts as well as his actions. It was startling to witness the fact that a man whose company’s profit is £8.5m for 2016 can be so humble and down to earth.
He additional explanation and emphasis on his motto, “To Aspire and Achieve Against All Odds, with Integrity” added heaps of respect in my heart. His talks had quotes of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela which sounded like unparalleled pearls of wisdom.
I always read in the books that successful people are grounded but it was unbelievable to see a man practically following the virtues. His views and aspirations were strong in terms of giving valuable inputs for our career and future aspirations. He also mentioned trust and integrity to be the two pillars contributing to success in one’s life. There was a pinch of humour to the conversation when he introduced his 10 important P’s seen as essential for any business: Product, Price, Place, Promotion, People, ‘Phinance’, Passion and Profit.
I now reflect on my learning and feel that being successful is important but being humble is fundamental. I wish to carry this learning my entire life.