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Never start anything with diffidence – JRD Tata

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on November 18, 2005

In 1982 I had to resign from my job at Telco. I was reluctant to go, but I really did not have a choice.

I was coming down the steps ofBombay House after wrapping up my final settlement when I saw JRD coming up. He was absorbed in thought. I wanted to say goodbye to him,so I stopped.

He saw me and paused.

Gently, he said, “So what are you doing, Mrs Kulkarni?” (That was the way he always addressed me.) “Sir,I am leaving Telco.

“Where are you going?” he asked.

“Pune, Sir. Myhusband is starting a company called Infosys and I’m shifting to Pune.

“Oh! And what will you do when you are successful.

“Sir, I don’t know whether we will be successful.

“Never start with diffidence” he advised me. “Always start with confidence”. When you are successful you must give back to society. Society gives us somuch; we must reciprocate. I wish you all the best.”

Then JRD continued walking up the stairs. I stood there for what seemed like a millennium.

That was the last time I saw him alive.
(Sudha Murthy Writes About JRD Tata…)

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