About Secrets of Success
It is a great privilege to write a preface to my father’s book. I like to share with you how he had shaped me and helped me reach this position today.
One evening, some seven years ago, I received a phone call from the Board of Secondary Education informing me that I secured a State Rank in my intermediate examination.
Tears of joy rolled down my cheeks. I am sure you would agree with me that it is one of the best moments in any student’s lifetime. Thank s to my father I could accomplish that.
Later as we discussed my future plans and career pathways that I should consider after my intermediate, my father suggested me to go for a job with my ‘plus two’ qualification.
I was naturally surprised. I remember his words; “…if you concentrate with your senses, studying for three hours a day is enough to come off in flying colours.”
I joined as an apprentice in a Chartered Accountancy firm and later in Nagarjuna Power Corporation Ltd as an Industrial Trainee, for a monthly salary of RS. 1,500. Of course it was tough to study and work at the same time, but I enjoyed the challenge.
When I left NPC, my salary was around RS. 2,500. In the mean time, using the ‘Art of Studying’ instilled in me by my father I simultaneously completed in the evening college my B.Com (Hons) and Chartered Accountancy.
At this juncture, I came across an advertisement by the World Bank Group. I applied and had to face stiff competition from more than 100 candidates, most of them were from some of the prestigious Management Institutes and other Business Schools with considerable work experience. The American executive, who interviewed me, was very much convinced with my bio-data, and I bagged the job and became one of the youngest analysts in the World Bank Group.
My posting was at Delhi, and my salary was Rs. 1 lakh per month and I was 23 then.
After working for two years, I was fed up with my routine job and wanted greater challenges and varied international exposure. I wanted to study further. When I informed my intentions to my father he readily encouraged me to take the plunge. There is a quotation in one of my father’s novels, “Even if you are a fish, I believe that there is no point in staying in a pond where you don’t like the water”.
I resigned my job and left for INSEAD (France), ranked the World’s best non-US Business School to do my M.B.A. with my two years savings, about RS. 15 lakhs. After completion of my post graduation, I joined as a Business planning and Control Executive with ‘Michlin’ at Singapore and worked for 2 years.
It’s me who asked my father to write this book to help students whatever be the stream of education they choose. I agree with him that spending millions of rupees on education is a luxury not every one can afford.
When a parent is able to invest a simple ten minutes a day and enthuse the child to do better, as a Chartered Accountant I can assure that it would be the best investment one could ever ask for.
About Yandamoori Veerendranath:
Yandamoori Veerendranath, is a famous Telugu novelist. He had written many social, fiction, super natural thriller stories and novels. Hailing from Andhra Pradesh state in India, he influenced younger generations with his socially relevant writings. In his writings he addresses many of the important social problems in India like poverty, prejudices, and superstitions, and encourages people to be socially responsible. He successfully bridges the idealistic and the popular styles of literature.