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April 16, 2016

11 Important Life Lessons Chanda Kochhar’s Letter Teaches Us

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Chanda Kochhar

News about ICICI Bank’s MD and CEO, Chanda Kochhar, is trending on the Internet. This time she is not in news because of some financial policy but because of a letter she wrote to her daughter who is all set to enter the corporate world. The letter is heartwarming and is a must read for mother-daughter duo but the letter must be read by all of us. Her letter outlines some of the best life tips that we, as individual, should try to follow. We share 11 life lessons that her letter teaches every individual.

#1 Childhood is the base on which your entire life is built.

“This moment has also brought back memories of my own journey, and the life lessons I learnt along the way. When I think of those times, I realize that most of these lessons were actually learnt in my childhood, mostly through examples set by my parents. The values that they instilled in my formative years gave me the foundation on which I try to live my life even today.”

 #2 Focus on what you want and work hard for it.

“Your grandparents always had the same message for the three of us — that it was important to focus on what gave us satisfaction and to work towards it with utmost dedication. That early initiation enabled us to develop into confident individuals capable of taking decisions independently. This also helped me when I started out on my own journey of self- discovery.”

#3 It is in the time of difficulties, that you realize what a person is made of.

“I was only a young girl of 13 when my father passed away from a sudden heart attack, leaving us unprepared to take on life without him. We had been protected from life’s challenges so far. But without warning, all that changed overnight. And my mother, who had been a homemaker till then, faced the responsibility of raising three children all on her own. It was then that we realized how strong she was and how determined to do her duty in the best possible manner.”

“It must have been challenging for her to shoulder the responsibility of bringing up her family single- handed, but she never let us feel like it was a task for her. She worked hard till she saw all of us through college and we became independent. I never knew that my mother had such a wealth of self-assurance and belief within her.”

#4 Don’t let your professional life affect your personal life.

“As a parent with a full time job, one must not let work affect the way you relate to your family. Remember the time you were studying in the US and the announcement of my becoming MD and CEO of ICICI was splashed across all newspapers? I remember the mail you wrote to me a couple of days later. ‘You never made us realize that you had such a demanding, successful and stressful career. At home, you were just our mother,’ you wrote in your email. Live your life in the same way, my darling.”

#5 Don’t get afraid of challenges and face difficulties with courage.

“I also learnt from my mother that it is very important to have the ability to handle difficult situations and keep moving forward in life, no matter what. Even today I can remember the equanimity and calmness with which she handled the crisis on hand when my father passed away. You have to handle the challenges and emerge stronger from them, rather than allow them to bog you down.”

“As you go forward, you will sometimes have to take difficult decisions, decisions that others might scorn at. But you must have the courage to stand up for what you believe in. Make sure you have that conviction to do what you know is right, and once you have it, don’t let skeptics distract you from your path.”

#6 Learn to adjust and change according to the situations.

“It was also from my mother that I learnt the importance of adapting to circumstances and not being afraid of the unknown.”

#7 Relationships cannot be one-sided, they are based on give and take.

“Remember that relationships are important and have to be nurtured and cherished. Also keep in mind that a relationship is a two way street, so be ready to give a relationship just as you would expect the other person to be giving to you.”

“My career would not have progressed the way it did were it not for your father who never once complained about the time I spent away from home. Your father and I nurtured our relationship despite the fact that we were both busy with our own careers, and I am confident you will do the same with your partner, when the time comes.”

#8 Luck is important, but hard work is important too.

“I believe in fate but I also believe that hard work and diligence plays a very important role in our lives. In a larger sense, we all write our own destiny. Take destiny in your own hands, dream of what you want to achieve, and write it in your own way.”

#9 Don’t underestimate the value of small moments.

“As you go ahead in life, I want you to climb the path to success one step at a time. Aim for the sky, but move slowly, enjoying every step along the way. It is all those little steps that make the journey complete.”

#10 Don’t compromise on your values and be sensitive to the feelings of others

“There is no limit to what a determined mind can achieve, but in achieving your goal, don’t compromise on the values of fair play and honesty. Don’t cut corners or compromise to achieve your dreams. Remember to be sensitive to the feelings of people around you. And remember, if you don’t allow stress to overtake you, it will never become an issue in your life.”

#11 Life is full of good and bad moments, make the most of it.

“Remember that good times and bad times will be part of your life equally, and you have to learn to handle both with equanimity. Make the most of life’s opportunities and learn from every opportunity, and challenge that life brings along.”

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