Friday, May 16, 2008

A Day with a ISB Alumnus !!

Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
— Harold Thurman Whitman

This time ,We have a guest, very passionate about his work. Inspite of his hectic schedule, he had agreed to be a part of PERFECT Show. I thank him on behalf of the readers for sharing his knowledge and his learnings with us.

He is Mr.Sujayath, product manager for Amazon Payments. He was a computer graduate working as a software engineer,then went for his MBA at ISB and then joined Amazon as a product manager. He oversee's products that revolutionize the way payments are made and is very passionate about his work. He is happily married to Summiah and considers her, his lucky charm. :)

Host: Prashant
Guest: Sujayath

Prashant: Hi Sujayath,Welcome to the PERFECT Show.
Sujayath: Hi Prashant. Thank You.

Prashant: Logging in, What are you passionate about in Life ?
Sujayath: I am passionate about changes. I love the revolutionary changes such as internet, email, ecommerce, electronic payments, mobile, communication channel changes that made it possible for India to compete on the same platform as developed countries and change in thought processes such as quantum theory, relativity theory and E=MC2.

Prashant: What have you learnt in your life( other than academics), which you would like to share with others ?
Sujayath: Hmmm. Learning has been a part of everyday life. Some of my learnings are as follows:
1. Question the basic assumptions

2. Think in a structured way

3. Know your assumptions

4. People deliver their best when they get presented with the right level of incentives. Incentives could be carrot or stick

5. If you behave like a CEO, You are a CEO. Never worry about your background, designation or experience

6. Be proactive

Prashant: Great to hear that. If you are given a wish to change one thing in world, what would you change ?
Sujayath: In India I will change the reservations. Its sad that people fight to be branded as backward. People have lost confidence in their own ability that they are asking for quotas. Its self-confidence that they need and not really reservations.

In world I will change religion. I believe religion is the root cause for more than 50% of the worlds problems.Another thing that I want to change is the idea of Patriotism. The concept is outdated for the globalization era and needs drastic definition change.

Prashant: Very useful insights !! Thank You. Then who is your Favourite Mythological Hero and why ?
Sujayath: I like superman. The difference between superman and a spider-man is that superman is born as a super-hero while spider-man became one. I like to think that we are born great and just that we dont realize it.

I like Hanuman for the same reason. I like the idea of someone with enormous power but doesnt realize that he is that powerful. I believe we ALL are like that.

Prashant: Good reasoning !! What would you like to evangelize for in your life ?
Sujayath:I like to stand for objectivism. Objectivism, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute

Prashant: What is your charm ?
Sujayath: My wife.

Prashant: Lucky man...! What is your Thumb Rule for Life ?
Sujayath: Live for yourself and your family.

Prashant: Which books have been your Favorite Influences till now ?
Sujayath: Atlas Shrugged, Freakonomics, Fountainhead, World is flat, A short history of nearly everything,

Prashant: Who have been your Role Models till now and why ?
Sujayath: Einstein - Think about someone bringing a revolution just by thinking. He shows us what mere thought process can achieve.
Bill Gates I think he is the mascot for objectivism. Just by thinking about him, I get energized.

Prashant: Great to hear that Sujayath. Iam sure this edition of PERFECT Show would have been equally interesting and useful for the readers. It was a pleasure to have you in the Show. I on behalf of the readers wish you the very best in all your future endeavors...!
Sujayath: Thank You.

Will sign off, with a cogent thought:

"What is greatness? I will answer: it is the capacity to live by the three fundamental values of John Galt: reason, purpose, self-esteem."

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