Believe//

Words to Thrive by: Who Said Them in 2018

Putting harsh diatribe aside, Thrive Global India focuses on words that gave hope this past year.

We can’t juggle all the balls. We have to prioritise what’s important in life.

Amish Tripathi, author (at Thrive Global India’s Believe series launch)

It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don’t matter.

Beyoncé, singer (to Vogue)

I really think that for people it’s really good to go out and see the world. At least, you have to try. It’s hard, but life is not supposed to be easy. That’s it, my advice for young people… See the world, there are so many beautiful things to discover.

—Roger Federer, tennis player, winner of 20 Grand Slams—most in history for a male player (to Express Sports)

It is scientifically proven that when you are in the highest level of pleasantness, you are more successful. Your success depends on how well you harness your body and mind. How do I earn a living should not be an issue. It does not need a superman’s agenda to live like yourself, the way you want. The problem arises when you want to live like the others.

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, spiritual leader and founder of Isha Foundation (to The Week)

I do not want to impress anyone. I have no expectations. I value friendship but there should not be any negative feeling and if that comes in between then it is not true friendship at all.

Sudha Murthy, engineer-teacher-philanthropist-writer and chairperson of Infosys Foundation (at ‘A Morning with Sudha Murthy’, organised by Mysore Literary Forum Charitable Trust and Book Clubs)

We lived in a kind of modest house, shared with tenants. We would sleep on the living room floor. There was a drought when I was growing up, and we had anxiety. Even now, I can never sleep without a bottle of water beside my bed. Other houses had refrigerators, and then we finally got one. It was a big deal.

Sundar Pichai, CEO Google (to New York Times)

That sort of gave me an underdog-ish feeling… I think that over the period, I have championed underdog-ism. And I feel that I want to be the best underdog story out of India.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder and CEO Paytm, on not knowing any English till he self-taught himself at the age of 15 (to BBC)

The one thing is that I’ve always been myself, I’ve never tried to be someone else because of the opinion. Hence, I learn from my own mistakes, I realise my own mistakes myself and just kept correcting them through the journey.

Virat Kohli, cricketer (to Fox Cricket)

Want to share your story of how you thrive? Write to us at editorial.india@thriveglobal.com

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