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Dhirubhai Ambani's words of wisdom

Last updated on: June 3, 2010 18:33 IST
Dhirubhai Ambani.

Dhirubhai Ambani. Arguably, India's most enterprising entrepreneur.

His was the ideal rags-to-riches story. He rose from humble beginnings to found India's largest industrial empire, and, in the process, became one of the world's richest men. He rewrote India's corporate history.

Dhirubhai was praised for his key role in shaping India's stock market culture by attracting hordes of retail investors to a market dominated by state-run financial institutions.

He was not a conformist and was often criticised for his style of doing business. For, the 'Dhirubhai school of management' firmly believed that the only thing which mattered at the end were results and the benefits which accrued directly to the shareholders.

He passed away on July 6, 2002, in Mumbai.

In the next few slides are Dhirubhai's famous quotes culled from interviews with various publications and from public speeches.

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'Secret of my success was to have ambition and know minds of men'

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Dhirubhai Ambani with his grandson.

'We have lost the habit of thinking big'

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Dhirubhai Ambani.

'Ideas are no one's monopoly'

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Dhirubhai Ambani along with then US President Bill CLinton. Dhirubhai is flanked by his sons.

'You do not require an invitation to make profits'

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Dhirubhai Ambani.

As A G Krishnamurthy, founder of Mudra Communications, writes in his book, Dhirubhaism, about some of the Reliance founder's doctrines:

  • Roll up your sleeves and help. You and your team share the same DNA.

  • Be a safety net for your team.

  • Always be the silent benefactor. Don't tom-tom about how you helped someone.

  • Dream big, but dream with your eyes open.

  • Leave the professional alone!

  • Change your orbit, constantly!

  • Money is not a product by itself, it is a by-product, so don't chase it.