Friday, 2 October 2015

Things You Don’t Know about Professor M. S. Rao

“I often wonder what I will be remembered in history for. Scholar? Military hero? Builder?” ― Ferdinand Marcos

I was a soldier, and I am an educator, author, editor, entrepreneur, adventurer, explorer, philanthropist and spiritualist. Here are the things about me unknown to others.

Early Riser: I get up every day at 4 A.M to author books.
Exercise Regularly: I hit gym regularly and go for a walk daily. I am a fitness freak.
Voracious Reader: I read thousands of books in my lifetime. I read newspaper regularly.
Prolific Author: I authored 40 books so far including the bestselling ‘21 Success Sutras for CEOs.’
Secrecy with the Letter ‘S’: Most of my book titles start with the letter ‘S’.
Self-taught: I am mostly self-taught. I joined Indian Air Force (IAF) when I was 19 years old. I completed my graduation after joining IAF.  I acquired several qualifications while serving in IAF including DME, BSc, MA, PGDBM, PGDCLL and MBA. I earned my PhD in Soft Skills in 2011. I follow the principle of ‘earning and learning.’
Google is Guru: Whenever I have any questions, I visit search engines to learn things. Hence, Google is my guru.
Carry a Notebook and Pen: I always carry a notebook with me to capture the ideas that pop up in my mind. I write down my observations about others. I believe in the slogan ‘a short pencil is always better than a long memory.’
Focus: I don’t multitask. I focus clearly on one task, complete it, and then move to another task. 
Punctual: I am punctual. I cultivated this habit after I joined IAF.
Time Management: I value time more than money. I always carry a book or reading material with me to read while traveling.
Sleep on the Floor: I sleep on floor every day. I rose from humble origins, and I have the habit of sleeping on floor. I lead a simple life. I still belong to a lower middle-class family living in a 2BHK rented apartment. 
Frugal: I am frugal and live with simplicity and humility.
Traveler: I enjoy traveling. I traveled entire India when I served in Indian Air Force in various aircrafts including MI17 helicopter.
Travel Secretly: I travel to different places without prior information and without unveiling my identity.  
Incognito: I rarely unveil my identity to others whenever I travel or go outside. I mingle with others in public places like a commoner.
Exile: I have been living in exile since 05 Feb 2007.   
Home Bird: I am not a party animal. I enjoy writing books and spending time with my family.
Friendship is Thicker than Blood. I prefer friends to relatives. I was cheated by my own relatives but rescued by my friends. Hence, I value friendship more than anything else in the world.
Believe in Referent Power, not Positional Power: I make friendship with people irrespective of their ranks and positions. I don’t make friends based on popularity or positions because popularity is a passing cloud and positions are temporary. Precisely, I respect people, not their positions.
Take Feedback Regularly: After completion of each training program, I sit quiet for some time to take feedback to deliver it better next time. I emphasize excellence.
Appreciate and Inspire Others: Whenever I meet people, I observe a few positive traits; appreciate and inspire them to make a difference.
Gifting: I have the practice of gifting memorable items to my friends, relatives and close associates.
Go to Bed on Time: Usually I sleep at 10 P.M every day. I sleep less.
Passionate about Students: I enjoy investing my time in the company of students. I love guiding, coaching, mentoring and grooming students as healthy global citizens. I dedicated my books to some students and gifted them.
Share Knowledge Freely: I am a continuous learner, and I am passionate about sharing my knowledge with others. I share my knowledge with the world free of charge on my four blogs and LinkedIn URL:
HeForShe: I advocate gender equality globally with a commitment #1874300
Self-made Man: I encountered resistance from many people to reach the present position. Nobody helped me reach to my current position. Hence, I am a self-made man. The only person who can claim for my climbing the ladder of success is God. 
Vision 2030: I run a nonprofit vision to build one million students as global leaders by 2030 URL: I have trained more than 35,000 students so far.

The only Regret in my Life: I didn’t have any Guru to guide me. I struggled a lot in my life due to lack of guidance. Hence, I take keen interest in guiding, grooming, coaching and mentoring others so that they should not struggle like me due to lack of a mentor, or a coach. 

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou


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Professor M.S. Rao, India
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Recipient of 10th International Prestigious Sardar Patel Award―2015

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  1. I am surprised to know your simplicity and humility. You are down-to-earth without any false ego. You never exhibit your strength. You mingle with others like a common man. Nobody can make out that you are such a great global guru. I have never seen you blowing your trumpet. You are a living leadership legend. I am fortunate to have crossed path with you Sir. It is honor to be your follower.

  2. Excellent information unknown to many.

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    1. Thank you. You are one of my students who follow me regularly. I am sure you will grow as a global leader.
      My blessings are with you!

  4. Dear Professor M S Rao Sir,
    Thanks for debunking the myths about you. So far, I have thought that you were born with a silver spoon. Now it is obvious that you rose from humble origins. You fall in the category of great Indian leaders like S. Radhakrishnan and Abdul Kalam. We Indians are proud of you! Jai Hind!

  5. its a motivation to our generation! you are my role model. Feeling blessed to be your Student..

    1. I am proud to have great students like you. In fact, students with great attitude like you inspire me the most.