“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 things you don’t know about me.
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.’ http://www.amazon.com/21-Success-Sutras-Ceos-Rao/dp/162865290X
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 on 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 an ordinary person.
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 am a victim of rogue relatives. I was cheated by my 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 URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/professormsrao
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: http://professormsraovision2030.blogspot.in/2014/12/professor-m-s-raos-vision-2030-one_31.html. 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