There are a ton of opportunities to get ahead in modern business. The field is always changing, and technology affords openings that weren’t available before. Here we take a look at the unique success story of Vijay Eswaran. How he went from being a taxi driver to becoming independently wealthy mainly through direct marketing.
Who is Vijay Eswaran?
Estimated to be one of the wealthier individuals in Asia, Vijay Eswaran currently has a net worth of over $500 million. He co-founded the QI Group of Companies, a multinational group of businesses with subsidiaries in 30 countries. Vijay has persevered through a variety of hardships to become a successful businessman..
Early Career Aspirations & Obstacles
Vijay Eswaran got his start in the world of business through a direct selling company. One of the most difficult industries, because of the unique challenges it brings. While direct marketing has become more common in recent years, Mr. Eswaran faced great hardships at the beginning of his career. In part, because many people simply didn’t understand this method of doing business.
Many successful people in direct marketing report having a wonderful support system of family and friends at the start. However Vijay Eswaran was immediately on his own amidst a misunderstood business model. He simply didn’t have the types of connections that many rely on to begin their successful careers.
Making matters worse, Asia was undergoing a financial crisis at this time. The acquaintances that Mr. Eswaran did have didn’t believe he had what it took to be successful. How did he cope with negativity, and keep marching forward toward his goals?
— Vijay Eswaran (@VjayEswaran) March 8, 2018
What Led to Vijay’s Success?
Mr. Eswaran has admitted that an inner conviction and resolve is an absolute necessity for success. Vijay felt in his heart that his life would be wasted if he spent it working on making money for someone else. Simply contributing toward improving someone else’s bottom line is no way to live. He developed inner resolve to make opportunities for himself. This would allow him to reap the benefits of his hard work personally. Rather than that money going into another person’s pocket.
Vijay Eswaran has also said that his father helped instill very important values that would help to propel him forward to success. Among these qualities is the vital adage to always put service for others ahead of your own needs and desires. This is a quality he tries to instill in his entire team. They operate a global business while keeping the spirit and heart of a small company. That’s a part of what Vijay says has led to their enormous success.
Embracing Challenges as Part of the Process
Thankfully, Vijay had like-minded colleagues and business partners who felt the same types of convictions for entrepreneurship. Mr. Eswaran believes that success doesn’t come easily, nor should it. Anything worth earning is worth fighting for, and challenges should be accepted and embraced rather than avoided. Through challenges, people learn who their true friends and companions are. These challenges continue to strengthen an individual’s resolve for success.
Future Plans for Continued Success
Vijay Eswaran’s business career is far from over. At this time, his excitement surrounding his University in Malaysia continues to drive him forward toward reaching new goals. The University currently operates out of a temporary location and is looking forward to the graduation of its first set of students this year.
Vijay plans to create a permanent campus, teaching hospital, residential area, and shopping complex for the students served by the University. He plans for this University to be an economically friendly area that relies exclusively on solar energy, a project he says will keep him very busy for the next few years.
Vijay Eswaran continues to march toward continued success for both himself and the empire he has built up to this day. He continues to put his focus on caring for others, a method not often seen in a rather cutthroat industry full of competition. He views running a business as a similar task to operating a successful sports team. Through genuine concern for others, teamwork, and striving for a common goal, success can be yours if you really want it.