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Ants are perhaps the most optimistic species on this planet. I often get inspired by the kind of determination and hard work they put in to build their homes. They go travel such a long distance to collect each grain of sand or soil and accumulate them in one place. There is absolutely nothing stopping them. They work all the time until their home is ready. At times, rain or wind or human being destroy these creations without even their notice and again, ants go through the same exercise. They never give up. This speaks volumes about optimism in life.
Ratan Tata is one of the greatest inspiration for me and he is another great example of optimism. I have been impressed by the kind of work the Tata group has undertaken as well as the objective of social responsibility that they work on. However, what impressed me the most was that he delivered on his promise of a Rs 1 lac car for the common man. Considering the kind of costs that go in, I never thought this was possible. Working on the dream, responsibly and ethically, is the greatest learning I get from his life. Moreover, the kind of aggressive decisions he made regarding buying Tetley, Corus, Jaguar and Land Rover at a time when the world was deeply pessimistic speaks about the kind of optimism this man had in him. The acquisition of Corus was an all cash deal and he was criticized by many over the kind of aggression he had shown. He was the first one to start this trend. Until then, we had only heard foreign companies acquiring companies in India. He truly took India to the world. He is a visionary who made a large number of things possible due to his optimism. Many opposed the Tata's entering the IT business but TCS today commands the largest market cap in listed Indian companies. He is nearly 80 years old but still has so much energy and zeal in him. One example for his recent interests is his investment in Snapdeal.com. He is the person that I look up to for optimism.
Further, I believe in learning good things from each one, be it whoever - a friend, colleague, acquaintance, celebrity, businessman. There is something you can learn from everyone. There is a Sanskrit shloka that explains this.
फूलों से नित हंसना सीखो, भौंरों से नित गाना, फल की लदी डालियॊं से, नित सीखो शीश झुकाना।
meaning, learn to smile from the flowers, learn to sing from the bees, learn to bow from fruit trees. So, there is no end to learning in this world and there is no end to optimism. Whenever there is an issue, all we need to do is to just Look UP.