Life Lessons from Dhirubhai Ambani

03 Nov 2020

Dhirubhai Ambani (28 December 1932 – 6 July 2002) will always remain an icon and a role model.

He epitomised the dauntless entrepreneurial spirit of a visionary, he was always on the march to change the destiny of the nation. Acclaimed as the top businessman of the 20th century and lauded for his dynamic, pioneering and innovation, Dhirubhai was an inspiring leader with sterling qualities. His success story fired the imagination of a generation of Indian entrepreneurs, business leaders and companies.

The creation of Reliance Industries is a real life fairytale. A rags to riches tale about a man who was desperate to push himself to his highest potential, Dhirubhai Ambani built Reliance from scratch. The son of a school teacher from a small village in Gujarat, Ambani worked every day to make sure he did not live the life his parents did. Through overcoming struggles and hard work one day at a time, Dhirubhai Ambani rose from a one bedroom chawl to having a personal valuation of over $ 3 billion, ranked as the 138th richest person in the world by Forbes in 2002, his success story is worth noticing.

It was under Dhirubhai’s visionary leadership the Reliance Group emerged as the largest business conglomerate in India. He visualised the growth of Reliance as an integral part of his grand vision for India. He was convinced that India could become an economic superpower within a short period of time and wanted Reliance to play an important role in realising this goal.

So let’s see some of the vision he had which made him an achiever:

  • Don't give up. Courage is my conviction.
  • Think big, think fast, think ahead. Ideas are no one's monopoly.
  • If you’re born poor it’s not your fault but if you die poor it’s your fault.
  • If you work with determination and with perfection, success will follow. 
  • If you don't build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.
  • Meeting the deadlines is not good enough, beating the deadlines is my expectation.
  • Pursue your goals even in the face of difficulties, and convert adversities into opportunities. 
  • Growth has no limit at Reliance. I keep revising my vision. Only when you dream it you can do it.
  • Our dreams have to be bigger. Our ambitions higher. Our commitment deeper. And our efforts greater. This is my dream for Reliance and for India. 
  • Give the youth a proper environment. Motivate them. Extend them the support they need. Each one of them has infinite source of energy. They will deliver. 
  • Always think how to be revolutionary.
  • You can learn the most from the risks you take.
  • Don’t worry about change.
  • Create a niche for yourself.
  • Bet on people around you. 

We can use his vision to enhance our lives and carve a niche for ourselves in any way possible.



Written By

Sujitha Sanil

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