Top 10 quotes of Ratan Tata

<p><i>On ups’ & downs’ of life…</i></p><p>“Ups and downs in life are very important to keep us going, because a straight line even in an ECG means we are not alive”</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>

From being brought up in a broken household to studying in Cornell and Harvard universities, from working alongside blue-collar employees shoveling stones in furnaces to being awarded the ‘Padma Vibushan’ in 2008, the greatness of Ratan Tata knows no bounds. Sure, he was handed over an inheritance, but not everybody who assumes inheritance is able to take their business to the greatest heights. We as Indians not only ought to be proud of his Nationality, but we also need to make the country proud by learning from his experiences and vast gamut of knowledge. As an individual, during low phases of life or in dark hours one can derive motivation from Ratan Tata’s words. Here are the most profound quotes of the chairman emeritus of Tata Sons.

On ups’ & downs’ of life…

“Ups and downs in life are very important to keep us going, because a straight line even in an ECG means we are not alive”

<p><i>On not giving up hope…</i></p><p>“None can destroy iron, but its own rust can! Likewise none can destroy a person, but its own mindset can”</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>

On not giving up hope…

“None can destroy iron, but its own rust can! Likewise none can destroy a person, but its own mindset can”

<p><i>On hard work and success…</i></p><p>“I don’t believe in taking right decisions, I believe in taking decisions and making them right”</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>

On hard work and success…

“I don’t believe in taking right decisions, I believe in taking decisions and making them right”

<p><i>On constructive criticism…</i></p><p>“Take the stones that people throw at you and use them to build a monument”</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>

On constructive criticism…

“Take the stones that people throw at you and use them to build a monument”

<p><i>On kindness & integrity…</i></p><p>“I admire people who are very successful. But if that success has been achieved through too much ruthlessness, then I may admire that person, but I can’t respect him”</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>

On kindness & integrity…

“I admire people who are very successful. But if that success has been achieved through too much ruthlessness, then I may admire that person, but I can’t respect him”

<p><i>On mental blocks…</i></p><p>“Barriers to innovation are usually in the mind”</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>

On mental blocks…

“Barriers to innovation are usually in the mind”

<p><i>On the survival of the fittest…</i></p><p>“The strong live and the weak die. There is some bloodshed, and out of it emerges a much leaner industry, which tends to survive”</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>

On the survival of the fittest…

“The strong live and the weak die. There is some bloodshed, and out of it emerges a much leaner industry, which tends to survive”

<p><i>On relentless learning and finding solutions…</i></p><p>“I have been constantly telling people to encourage people, to question the unquestioned and not to be ashamed to bring up new ideas, new processes to get things done”</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>

On relentless learning and finding solutions…

“I have been constantly telling people to encourage people, to question the unquestioned and not to be ashamed to bring up new ideas, new processes to get things done”

<p><i>On taking calculated risks…</i></p><p>“I view risk as an ability to be where no one has been before. I view risk to be an issue of thinking big, something we did not do previously. We did everything in small increments so we always lagged behind. But the crucial question is: can we venture putting a man on the moon or risk billions of rupees on a really way-out, advanced project in, say, superconductors? Do you restrict your risk to something close to your heart?”</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>

On taking calculated risks…

“I view risk as an ability to be where no one has been before. I view risk to be an issue of thinking big, something we did not do previously. We did everything in small increments so we always lagged behind. But the crucial question is: can we venture putting a man on the moon or risk billions of rupees on a really way-out, advanced project in, say, superconductors? Do you restrict your risk to something close to your heart?”

<p><i>On insatiable human needs and happiness…</i></p><p>“We wish to wear high brands, but feel most comfortable in pyjamas…<br />We wish to sit in Taj and Marriot with elite people, but we enjoy roadside vendor food with friends the most…<br />We wish to own big cars and go on long drive yet we talk our heart out only while walking down a long road…<br />We have 64GB ipods filled with songs but sometimes a song on radio brings smile…<br /></p>

On insatiable human needs and happiness…

“We wish to wear high brands, but feel most comfortable in pyjamas…
We wish to sit in Taj and Marriot with elite people, but we enjoy roadside vendor food with friends the most…
We wish to own big cars and go on long drive yet we talk our heart out only while walking down a long road…
We have 64GB ipods filled with songs but sometimes a song on radio brings smile…

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