Indra Nooyi is an India-born, naturalized American, business executive and the current Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world. She has consistently ranked among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women and in 2014, she was ranked 13 in the list of Forbes World’s 100 most powerful women.
I was watching NDTV’s 25 Greatest Global Living Indians ceremony on television where she was recognized as one of them and listened to her three lessons for young people:
First, be a lifelong student. When we are kids we ask questions like “why is the sky blue” and “why the bird is flying so high”. For some reason as we grow older the curiosity goes away. If we are happy with the knowledge we have then we are actually going to atrophy. Please remain lifelong student and don’t lose that curiosity.
Second, consider your job be a calling. Whatever you do, throw yourself into it. Throw your head, heart and hands into it. She says, “I look at my job not as a job but as a calling and a passion. I don’t care about hours, hardships because everything is a joy.”
Third, help others rise or come up in life. Greatness comes not from a position but from helping build the future.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” There is no end to education. Education is a life-long process. From the moment you are born to the moment you die, you are learning. The more you learn the more you realize how little you know.
Quote: “Learning is not a product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” – Albert Einstein