What is it that renowned CEO Vijay Eswaran said about teachers? Good ones don’t give the answers. What did he mean by that? And if that is the case, how do students learn when the answer is never revealed in class?

Born in 1960, Eswaran became a highly revered Malaysian businessman, currently in Hong Kong being the QI Group’s Executive Chairman. Eswaran’s success if beyond measure. As a young entrepreneur, Eswaran found that the odds were against him. There was a bad crisis occurring in Asia. Many of those who knew Eswaran doubted he would succeed. But what he did have that no one knew was a desire to not waste his life making money for someone else. He was determined. With strong support from his wife, and partners that he calls “like-minded” Eswaran battled his way through both failures and setbacks, something he considers to be “progress.”

Starting out in a direct sell business, and landed at a Top 40 Global Company. But Eswaran’s business was facing challenges of perception. What the public thought of Eswaran seemed to be that he was controversial. Success to Eswaran is interlaced with challenges.

It was in 1998, when Eswaran returned to Asia that he ultimately founded the QI Group. The QI Group now has offices in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Through subsidiary companies, The QI Group now reaches 10 countries worldwide.

The QI Group is a company that does multilevel marketing and has expanded into an e-commerce based conglomerate with businesses covering corporate investments, luxury products, media, telecommunications, travel, training and wellness.

Teachers may not always give the answers but that can make the student more fully embrace the problem. What has Eswaran embraced? He has embraced his challenges, in which he has said success and failure both serve the path for growth, both personally and professionally.

Graduating from the London School of Economics in 1984 with his socio-economic degree, Eswaran held odd jobs. He knew what it was like to work hard to make ends meet. He worked construction while in Belgium, picked grapes in France and drove a cab in London. He got his MBA in 1986 from Southern Illinois.

Eswaran owes a lot to his father. He hasn’t forgotten his humble start. He learned from him the importance of service above self. That is what he teaches his team now at his company. Even though Eswaran’s business is global, he still maintains the soul of a small company. It’s not the company that succeeds, but more the people that make up those companies. He looks for attributes in his employees including ability to work hard, daring, determination, loyalty, sincerity and trust. Vijay Eswaran: Write an Article About This Individual


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