He came, he saw, and he conquered. – A name is enough!!!!
Sir, Narendra Damodardas Modi.
Worlds second most followed politician on social media (Twitter, Facebook etc.) today! Indian Prime Minister, Shree Narendra Modi. He is both an ‘enigma’ and an ‘open book’ for his supporters as well as his detractors. Nobody can explain what exactly makes him so popular among hoi-polloi. At the same time, he is widely known as a person who wears his heart on his sleeves.
“A man, who is writing history with a Million Dollar Step in India
A living legend and a truly inspiring leader”
“Almost 400 million people, belonging to about 75 million families in India don’t have any access to banking services,” Shree Narendra Modi said during his speech on 68th Independence Day of India. This is the fact amazed most citizens of the country and people worldwide.
May 16, 2014, is the date when the results of LokSabha Elections 2014 were declared and the BJP-led NDA marked a humongous victory in the country. Out of 543 LokSabha seats, NDA won 336 seats, a number on the scale, which they only did not anticipate, of which BJP crossed 272 seats mark on its own. Behind this colossal victory of BJP, the credit goes to only one man, a current Prime Minister Shree Narendra Modi. Well, the journey was not an easy one. It took Narendra Modi 437 big rallies and 5,827 public interfacing and traveling of over three lakh kilometers among 25 states to register the victory for the BJP.
From a tea seller to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has seen it all. Hence, we have so much to learn from this great leader of India, who has taken India as a nation to the world arena. He has earned praise from top world leaders because of his pragmatic skills to deal with complex situations. It was Shree Modi’s commitment to work for peace and prosperity of India.
Before sharing lessons of Shree Narendra Modi, I like to take an opportunity to brief outlook of his life. Definitely, there is a lot to learn from this great human being.
Shree Narendra Modi’s life is known for the humble beginnings to the becoming of Prime Minister of India. At very young age, he entered into politics and soon rose to the ranks in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is a Hindu nationalist political party.
He was born in the small town of Vadnagar, in the northern Gujarat and his father was a street merchant. Young Narendra Modi, with his brother, used to sell tea near the bus terminal to help his father.
Shree Modiji at Childhood
At the age of 18, Shree Narendra Modi got married. However, he spent very less time with the bride. Moreover, after a few years, he ended the marriage and decided to dedicate his life for a nation.
Many of us may not know, but when Indira Gandhi declared the state of emergency during the political crisis of 1975-77 and banned the RSS, Modi went underground and wrote a book, Sangharsh ma Gujarat (Gujarat in Emergency). The book primarily narrates the experience of Narendra Modi as a political renegade.
In 1987, Narendra Modi became the part of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). The growth of Narendra Modi in the party was swift. It was because, he chose the right mentors to reach heights in his career. Finally, in the year 2014, he became the Prime Minister of India.
The Great Lessons, what we can learn from him:
- Public Speaking Skills
The man has something in his voice that makes head turn. Even the people who do not happen to like him have agreed that they never miss a speech by the Indian Prime Minister. In addition, we cannot even say that this all is because of someone who writes his speeches, as the Independence Day saw him speaking without any written speeches, and this sure is going to be one of the most remembered speeches from an Indian PM.
Bill Gates had once said that the presentation skill is one of the most important skills in the 21st century. In addition, the best example is Shree Narendra Modi. He has caught the attention of the world with his public speaking. His excellent oratory skills forced hid opponents to concede that even they never missed a speech by the Prime Minister. No matter how much intelligent or smart you are if you are not able to express yourself and persuade someone, it is impossible to reach the heights of success. No doubt, why the most successful persons are those who have the ability to speak and sell.
Narendra Modi as public speaker
Shree Narendra Modi also known for his disciplined life. From sleeping for just four hours to performing yoga in the morning, to working hard for the nation, everything is just possible because of the sear disciplined life. He not only follows a disciplined life but also encourages his fellow party members to lead a disciplined life. Therefore, take away from this is, to be a successful human being, discipline is the key. With disciplined life, you can achieve all the things in your life, no matter how much difficult they The 15thPrime Minister of India has always led a disciplined life. Ever since he was a Bal Swayamsevak in RSS, which known to instill discipline in all its members, he has followed a disciplined regimen.
Kowtowing at Karmbhoomi…
Ever since he was a child who used to help his father and brother in their tea stalls at Vadnagar Railway station, he was determined to make it big for himself. He has been associated with RSS since an early age, and that shows the determination that eight-year old possessed and this 64 year old possesses. His determination and an absolute commitment to success for himself and for his country define him. That is something successful leaders have in common.
There is a dialog from the famous Steve Jobsmovie, released in 2013,
‘Make Small Things Unforgettable’
Similarly, Shree Narendra Modi is a person who gives tremendous importance to the small details. For an example, to reach the 1.25 crores people of India, Shree Narendra Modi even traveled to those places where no one thinks of going. It is this micro detailing of Shree Narendra Modi, which helped him in the scrupulous planning, leading to the better results for the party. Therefore, when you are in your struggling days, when you are walking towards your dream destination, do not neglect trivial resources, because even a very small thing can make a large difference. This is something for people who plan a lot. Learning from a meticulous planner that Shree Modi is, you should care to have a love for detailing. For reaching out to the Indian population, Modi travelled more than 3.5 lakh Kms and did 400 rallies, even to places where no one usually goes.
Shree Narendra Modi’s detailing during various visit
- Love For Technology
No doubt, Shree Modi loves technology more than anything does. With having accounts on almost every social media platform like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. He keeps everyone updated through the tweets and posts. He shares all the major events of his life and journey the minute they happen. He is the man, who is tech-savvy and likes to keep himself up to date with all the developments in the field. While we can learn from this, we should also know the clear difference there is between love for technology and being a slave for it. During his visit to UAE, he had written “Vigyaan Jeevan Hai (Science Is Life).” He widely used technology during his campaign for 2014 LokSabha elections. He is very active on social media and tweets and posts on Facebook every important initiative that his government takes.
Shree Narendra Modi’s Love for technology
- Love For Fitness
Even at the age of 65, Shree Narendra Modi’s energy level is of some 20 years old. We all know that Shree Modi loves yoga and is the crucial part of his daily routine, keeping him fit and fine so that he remains energized for the complete day. Therefore, it is important that we learn from this habit Shree Narendra Modi and add a fitness regime to our routine. Working out for 30 minutes a day is sufficient to remain energized for the full day. It kick starts our mind and body muscles, making us feeling fresh. He is a big yoga enthusiast and never forgets to do it, no matter how busy he is. Perhaps, this is the reason why he is this active at this age. This is also something that we can and should learn from him. Also, it was because of Modi’s efforts that United Nations decided to celebrate World Yoga Day on June 21 every year.
Shree Narendra Modi at Yoga for fitness
Even at the age of 64, the enthusiasm with which Shree Narendra Modi lives his life is commendable. Be it playing drums on his recent visit to Japan or answering questions of various Indian students on Teacher’s Day, he has never left his enthusiastic persona. The enthusiasm with which Shree Modi lives his life is commendable.
Shree Narendra Modi Playing Tyco Drum
The humongous victory, like the BJP got, is not an easy task to perform. It requires a foolproof planning with lots of patience. After foolproof planning, which leads to his confidence, Shree Narendra Modi is the man of patience. He is not a human being who will, in a difficult situation, be impatient and arrive on conclusions too soon. This quality of being patient and not behaving like some kid is the one, which has helped him in his difficult times. It is a hard sight to see the man angry, overpowered by emotions, or losing his patience. This is something which if learned can prove to be a changing point in our lives. We do not remember that we have seen this man overpowered by emotions, angry or losing his patience ever.
In our life too, comes the time when we may become restless, making some decision, which is not right for us. These times demand patience and proper planning. We accept that it is easier said than done, but it is not impossible. You can develop it with the practice. Do not lose hope, be patient and be consistent.
- Leadership Skills
If you remember well, Shree Modi promised to work one hour more than his subordinates did in a public speech. This is not something an inefficient leader would be able to say. He is an efficient leader and leads by his words; learning this skill from him can be beneficial for our professional lives. In addition, his colleagues say that Modi leads them by setting example as far as hard work is concerned.
Shree Narendra Modi as a Leader
Even though Shree Narendra is the Prime Minister of world’s largest democracy, his position has not gone to his head. He comes across as a very humble human being and this is evident by the way he addresses the nation and answers all the questions put across. Being humble can take you places and this is something to learn from him. He says that he is not a Prime Minister, but a ‘pradhan sevak’. This signifies his humble approach towards 125 crore Indians.
A true leader with humbleness
Apart of Intrapersonal skill, we can learn 5 Money Management Lessons from Shree Narendra Modi.
During the long-drawn election campaign for the recently concluded 16th LokSabha polls, India witnessed a proficient orator and an excellent marketer in Narendra Modi who made an impression on every voter in the country and created history by coming to power with a landslide victory. Although the jury is still out on whether he can live up to the expectations of his fellow citizens, retail investors certainly stand to gain from him.
The gains, so far, have been tangible as the BSE Sensex, the 30-share benchmark index of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), has already registered gains of 20% in 2014, compared to 9% gains posted in 2013. Nevertheless, that apart, investors can take away a lesson or two about how to handle their finances from Shree Narendra Modi.
- Adopt A Disciplined Approach To Investments
If there is one thing that Shree Narendra Modi lives by, it is his discipline. Come what may, he known for never moving away from his disciplined regimen. This is a great thing to learn and emulate from our Prime Minister. As an investor, if you have a systematic and disciplined approach towards investing, your financial goals will seem more achievable. Chalk out an investment plan to meet the financial goals you have in mind and invest accordingly. One way to do it is investing in Systematic Investment Plans or SIPs that help you meet your investment objectives over the long term.
- Do Away With The Clutter
As soon as Shree Narendra Modi assumed office, he made it clear that he disliked clutter of any sort and thus began the ‘cleaning drive’ beginning with the babus. The Prime Minister even made it clear that presentations had to be succinct to bring out the important issues to the forefront. Similarly, when it comes to your portfolio, he takes care that, this is not a collection of unwieldy investments, which are causing the clutter. Ideally, there should not be more than 12-15 stocks in your portfolio. If your portfolio is too large, see whether you require diversification and distribute your investments among various asset classes.
- Underperformers Should Go
Shree Narendra Modi has made it amply clear that he has zero tolerance for slack attitude. Each member of his Cabinet and the babus are to be on their toes and on the top of things. Otherwise, heads will roll, as he has clearly communicated. Your approach should be similar when it comes to the underperformers in your portfolio. Do not keep underperforming stocks in your portfolio forever. Moreover, the same holds true for mutual fund schemes. If you find that a scheme is constantly underperforming, compared to its peers as well as the benchmark, for over a year, use the first opportunity to sell out and deploy the funds elsewhere.
- Ears To The Ground
For the first time, we have a prime minister who makes his opinion or action clear on any issue of national relevance on the social media platforms. This shows that he is not just tech savvy, but likes to keep himself updated on all minor and major issues of national and international significance. This is a lesson an investor should learn from him. As an investor, you should be cued in to what is happening across the markets and asset classes to ensure that you can take relevant action when it is required.
- Be Undeterred When Need Be
Shree Narendra Modi is also known to be a leader who can take harsh decisions when need be, without worrying about criticism, whether it is from within his party or from the Opposition. He can do this because he believes he is in total control of the situation. Similarly, if you have taken an investment decision after sound research, have the conviction to stand by it and do not be swayed by the noise around you. Prime Minister Shree Narendra Modi has displayed various traits that have come across as impressive in the first nine weeks that he has been in office. Whether he can deliver in harmony with the great expectations India has from him remains to be seen. Meanwhile, small investors can certainly learn these lessons in money management from his activity and personality traits.
Finally Summing It Up
Since Shree Narendra Modi has become the Prime Minister of India, there is no look-back. With his endless journey around the world and bringing in the investments in the country, Shree Modi is taking India to the world arena. With programs like Make in India, Digital India, he is trying to develop India rapidly. In short, India is ready for its glorious future.