Find Your Ikigai: Suresh Narayanan, Chairman, Nestle India At DWA 2019
Suresh Narayanan, chairman and managing director of Nestle India, honoured Digital Women Awards 2019 with his presence as a designated speaker for the event. His powerful speech about his journey and his vital advice to budding entrepreneurs has received applause and praise.
In his 30 years of rich experience of working in the FMCG industry, he has transformed the face of Nestle around Asia. He believes that sometimes the best way out of a hurdle is through it, and not around it. And he has incorporated this in his life facing struggles from being stationed in Cairo, in charge of Nestlé’s operations in Egypt, Libya and Sudan, when the Arab Spring revolution spread to these countries, crippling normal life to resurrecting the company after the Maggi imbroglio, and putting it on a new growth path.
“Live a purposeful, meaningful and impactful life. There is no point going so far that no one is able to reach you,” Mr Narayanan said about achieving ones goals.
The 5 A’s
He dived into what makes a person tick in the business world and what holds most important is ones values. Mr Narayanan articulated this by expressing the idea of how we are our own worst enemies and if we win that battle, we can achieve greatness. His 5 A’s simplified the concept of developing the right attitude, being ambitious, realising one’s ability, expressing and articulating ones views and facing any given adversity. If you have these qualities in you, you are definitely going to win.
He expressed how important it is to surround yourself with people who help you grow as he said, “Your team’s success is your success. Invest in that.”
Advice for women entrepreneurs
His advice to women entrepreneurs was rather simple but impactful. He asked them to be confident in what they are doing and trust their instincts. He used Kabir’s verses to explain why it is of utmost importance to be a woman in this world and not a woman in a man’s world.
Find your Ikigai
“Be good only at what you truly love. Find your Ikigai – reason to be in the world,” his words resonated with the audience at large as his emphasised on the importance of finding one’s Ikigai. Ikigai (生き甲斐) is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” The word “ikigai” is usually used to indicate the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile. He further went on to ask the audience and introspect deeply if they liked what they were doing. “I am only good at the stuff I love doing”, he reiterated.
The audience was left with a lot to introspect and reflect upon. His words of wisdom enlightened the whole room. “Live a purposeful, meaningful and impactful life. There is no point going so far that no one is able to reach you,” Mr Narayanan said about achieving ones goals. He highlighted how ambition is important but it should come with a cause. It must marry your credibility.
The Twitterati had a positive and empowering response to his speech at DWA. From users emphasising his key points to some users finding the advice to be relevant and relatable to their work.
His 5 A’s simplified the concept of developing the right attitude, being ambitious, realising one’s ability, expressing and articulating ones views and facing any given adversity.
His words, “Life is like a thali full of different experiences and tastes,” gave us metaphorical wisdom as to live life to the fullest, enjoying each and every experience.
Saumya Rastogi is an intern with SheThePeople.TV