Friday, 2 October 2015

Things You Didn’t Know about Professor M. S. Rao, Ph.D

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

I was a soldier, entrepreneur, editor, educator, and I am an author, adventurer, explorer, philanthropist, and spiritualist. I am driven, committed, persistent, and resilient. I am an analyst, thinker, problem-solver, and visionary. I don’t celebrate my success. Here are things you didn’t know about me.

Air Force Veteran: I served in the Indian Air Force. It is the most admired organization in my life. 

Early Riser: I get up every day at 4 A.M to author books.

Exercise Regularly: I hit the 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 the newspaper regularly.

Prolific Author: I have authored 50 books so far including the bestselling See the Light in You’ URL:

Dyslexic with ADHD: I was dyslexic with an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Frequent Failures: I encountered several struggles and rejections in my life. Harvard has rejected my application for a postdoctoral course in 2016. I want to show to the world that hard work wins against Harvard.

Inspiration: Abraham Lincoln is my inspiration since my childhood. I enjoy reading about his life and leadership. I often write about him in my books and manuscripts. 

The Secrecy with the Letter ‘S': Most of my book titles start with the letter ‘S’.

Self-taught: I am mostly self-taught. I joined the Indian Air Force when I was 18 years old. I completed my graduation after joining the Indian Air Force. I acquired several qualifications while serving including DME, BSc, MA, PGDBM, PGDCLL, and MBA. I earned my Ph.D. in Soft Skills in 2011. I followed 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 often 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 better than a long memory.’

Focus: I don’t multitask. I focus clearly on one task, complete it, and then move on to another task.

Punctual: I am punctual. I cultivated this habit after I joined the Indian Air Force.  

Time Management: I value time more than money. I always carry a book or reading material with me to read while traveling.

Blossomed from the Dirt of a Toxic Family Background like a Lotus: I was born into a toxic family and grew up in a toxic environment. My father was an alcoholic and my mother is a naysayer and constant complainer.

Rose from Humble Origins: 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 the Indian Air Force in various aircraft including the Mi-17 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 an ordinary person.

Exile: I have been living in exile since 05 Feb 2007.  

Home Bird: I am not a party animal. I enjoy authoring books and spending time with my wife.

Friendship is Thicker than Blood: I prefer friends to relatives. I am a victim of rogue relatives. I was cheated on by my siblings and 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 friends 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 the completion of each training program, I sit quietly 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. I create positive vibes.

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 without charging any money. I dedicated my books to some students and gifted them.

Share Knowledge Freely: I am a continuous learner and passionate about sharing my knowledge with others. I share my knowledge freely with the world on my four blogs and LinkedIn URL: I have the vision to share my knowledge freely with one billion people globally.

HeForShe: I advocate gender equality globally. 

Self-made Man: I encountered resistance from many people to reach the present position. Nobody helped me reach 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 nonprofitvision to build one million students as global leaders by 2030 URL: I have trained more than 40,000 students so far.

Philosophy: Health first, education second, and wealth third.

The only Regret in my Life: I didn't have any Guru to guide me. I struggled a lot in my life due to a lack of guidance. Hence, I take a 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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  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.

    1. Thank you Vinay. I am very proud to have a loyal follower like you.

  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.