Few people in business today manage to compete successfully while also maintaining a zen-like sense of goodness and decency. Vijay Eswaran, Executive Chairman if QI Group, is quite different and notably extraordinary. He flies in the face of the notion that commerce and social responsibility have no business dating let alone having a long term and mutually beneficial relationship. He has achieved tremendous success with his business endeavors, benefitting charities, students and entire regions around the globe. He has authored 3 books that examine the balance between success and service and has also released a book of his own photography. (LinkedIn.com profile)
QI Group is a multinational conglomerate that had humble beginnings. He began with no connections, no money and an intense entrepreneurial spirit. Eswaran says, “Life is extraordinary. Being alive is extraordinary. When you choose to be ordinary, you go against nature itself.” He used this fire for excellence to find others with the same burn. His direct sales skills and ability to formulate strong interpersonal relationships paired perfectly with the global e-commerce trend. He combined these two skills and turned a fledgling numismatic business into a competitive sales force. From there, QNET, the multilevel marketing sales force became the leading arm of QI Group that has offices in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. They now deal in media, telecom, training, education and wellness solutions. Eswaran has won numerous awards for leadership and business acumen, proving that in a match between resources and attitude, an intense initiative rarely loses. Entrepreneur.com has an article about Vijay Eswaran as well.
Eswaran believes strongly in service over self. He feels a deep responsibility to the people in his employ, his customers and the followers who look to him for guidance and mentorship. He spends the first hour of his day in silence, meditating and being present and grounded to his global village. This is the subject of his book “In the Sphere of Silence”, where he discusses self-actualization and management not only for personal benefit, but as an extension of one’s community. RYTHM is the arm of QI Group dedicated to corporate social responsibility and he and his wife also run a mentorship foundation named for his father. This year, his new University in Malaysia will graduate its first class. The University is on track for unprecedented growth that will bring jobs, education and leadership to the area. Many of his social media followers anxiously await his Thought of the Day, which is meant to inspire and educate.
Vijay Eswaran is a lesson in the greatness of men. He looks for intuition, intensity and inquisitiveness in people, because these are skills of the exceptional. Resources can easily be obtained, but actualization takes tremendous effort. Eswaran seeks that for himself, and pours it out to others.