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Sunday, September 20, 2020

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Here Are Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Professor M.S. Rao

“I often wonder what I will be remembered in history for. Scholar? Military hero? Builder?” ―Ferdinand Marcos

I was a soldier, entrepreneur, editor, educator, and I am an author, adventurer, explorer, philanthropist, and spiritualist. Here are things you didn’t know about me.

Early Riser: I get up every day at 4 A.M to author books.

Exercise Regularly: I hit the gym regularly and go for a walk daily. I am a fitness freak.

Voracious Reader: I read thousands of books in my lifetime. I read the newspaper regularly.

Prolific Author: I have authored 49 books so far including the bestselling ‘See the Light in You.’

Dyslexic with ADHD: I was dyslexic with an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Frequent Failures: I encountered several struggles and rejections in my life. Harvard has rejected my application for a postdoctoral course in 2016. I want to show to the world that hard work wins against Harvard.

Inspiration: Abraham Lincoln is my inspiration since my childhood. I enjoy reading his life and leadership. I often write about him in my books and manuscripts.

The Secrecy with the Letter ‘S’: Most of my book titles start with the letter ‘S’.

Self-taught: I am mostly self-taught. I joined the Indian Air Force when I was 19 years old. I completed my graduation after joining the Indian Air Force. I acquired several qualifications while serving including DME, BSc, MA, PGDBM, PGDCLL, and MBA. I earned my Ph.D. in Soft Skills in 2011. I follow the principle of ‘earning and learning.’

Google is Guru: Whenever I have any questions, I visit search engines to learn things. Hence, Google is my guru.

Carry a Notebook and Pen: I often carry a notebook with me to capture the ideas that pop up in my mind. I write down my observations about others. I believe in the slogan ‘a short pencil is better than a long memory.’

Focus: I don’t multitask. I focus clearly on one task, complete it, and then move on to another task.

Punctual: I am punctual. I cultivated this habit after I joined the Indian Air Force.

Time Management: I value time more than money. I always carry a book or reading material with me to read while traveling.

Sleep on the Floor: I sleep on the floor every day. I rose from humble origins, and I have the habit of sleeping on the floor. I lead a simple life. I still belong to a lower-middle-class family living in a 2BHK rented apartment.

Frugal: I am frugal and live with simplicity and humility.

Traveler: I enjoy traveling. I traveled entire India when I served in the Indian Air Force in various aircrafts including the Mi-17 helicopter.

Travel Secretly: I travel to different places without prior information and without unveiling my identity.

Incognito: I rarely unveil my identity to others whenever I travel or go outside. I mingle with others in public places like an ordinary person.

Home Bird: I am not a party animal. I enjoy authoring books and spending time with my wife.

Friendship is Thicker than Blood: I prefer friends to relatives. I was born into a toxic family and grew up in a toxic environment. My father was an alcoholic and my mother is a naysayer and constant complainer. I am a victim of rogue relatives. I was cheated by my siblings and relatives but rescued by my friends. Hence, I value friendship more than anything else in the world.

Believe in Referent Power, not Positional Power: I make friends with people irrespective of their ranks and positions. I don’t make friends based on popularity or positions because popularity is a passing cloud and positions are temporary. Precisely, I respect people, not their positions.

Take Feedback Regularly: After the completion of each training program, I sit quietly for some time to take feedback to deliver it better next time. I emphasize excellence.

Appreciate and Inspire Others: Whenever I meet people, I observe a few positive traits; appreciate and inspire them to make a difference. I create positive vibes.

Gifting: I have the practice of gifting memorable items to my friends, relatives, and close associates.

Go to Bed on Time: Usually, I sleep at 10 P.M every day. I sleep less.

Passionate about Students: I enjoy investing my time in the company of students. I love guiding, coaching, mentoring, and grooming students as healthy global citizens without charging any money. I dedicated my books to some students and gifted them.

Share Knowledge Freely: I am a continuous learner and passionate about sharing my knowledge with others. I share my knowledge freely with the world on my four blogs and LinkedIn. I have the vision to share my knowledge freely with one billion people globally.

HeForShe: I advocate gender equality globally.

Self-made Man: I encountered resistance from many people to reach the present position. Nobody helped me reach my current position. Hence, I am a self-made man. The only person who can claim for my climbing the ladder of success is God.

Vision 2030: I run a nonprofit―vision to build one million students as global leaders by 2030. I have trained more than 40,000 students so far.

Philosophy: Health first, education second, and wealth third.

The only Regret in my Life: I didn’t have any Guru to guide me. I struggled a lot in my life due to a lack of guidance. Hence, I take a keen interest in guiding, grooming, coaching, and mentoring others so that they should not struggle like me due to lack of a mentor, or a coach.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ―Maya Angelou


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Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D.
Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is the Father of “Soft Leadership” and Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India. He is an International Leadership Guru with thirty-nine years of experience and the author of forty-eight books including the award-winning See the Light in You: Acquire Spiritual Powers to Achieve Mindfulness, Wellness, Happiness, and Success (Waterside Productions). He is a C-Suite advisor and a sought-after keynote speaker globally. His vision is to build one million students as global leaders by 2030. Most of his work is available on his blog. Professor M.S. Rao is an opinion columnist for the CEOWORLD magazine. Follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.