India world’s greatest land of opportunities: American author

With a powerful combination of brainpower, entrepreneurial energy and favourable demographics, India is the world’s greatest land of opportunities, says American author Richard M. Rothman, who has come up with a book that aims to help ordinary Indians do extraordinary things.

Rothman believes that the time for every Indian to think big has arrived, and his book, Master Opportunity and Make it Big (Jaico Publishing House; Pages: 249; Price: Rs 350), which draws on lessons from some of the most successful Indian entrepreneurs who have gone from rags to riches by grasping opportunities, can show the way.

I think it is the first book of its type which is designed completely for Indians. All the other self-help books that Indians generally buy are about Americans — including the number one selling book ‘Think and Grow Rich’, which was written some 80 years ago, Rothman, who has settled in India after living and working around the world for decades, told IANS in an interview.

So if you are one of them blaming lack of money, knowledge, or luck for not realising your full potential, this book wants to tell you that you have been barking up the wrong tree all this while.

Rothman, who had served as the Trade Commissioner of the US for India for 10 years, seeks to drive home the point that all you need to be the person that you always wanted to be is the right opportunity, and the really great ones are like powerful magnets that attract money and talent.

What is more, opportunities do not come with a price tag on them. So the most important thing that you need to succeed is out there — all for free — for you to grab.

And if that sounds unbelievable, Rothman gives the examples of not one or two, but 18 Indians who were not born with silver spoons in their mouths.

He shows that one does not need to be the Tatas or Birlas to be super achievers in India. Nor do they need all the so-called connections that many tend to assume.

All the people mentioned in the book started small, but they leveraged opportunities to build great businesses. And today they have together created a wealth of well over Rs 100,000 crore.

Some of these entrepreneurs are so well-known today that readers might find it hard to believe that they had such humble beginnings. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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