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The Can-Do Spirit

The 16 entrepreneurs on the turning points in their journey

Published: Jun 13, 2013 06:23:23 AM IST
Updated: Jun 12, 2013 01:47:00 PM IST
The Can-Do Spirit
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The Forbes India fourth anniversary edition is a tribute to all those who’ve pursued the entrepreneurial dream and emerged stronger, wiser and wealthier. Sixteen high-performance entrepreneurs from across business sectors share their make-or-break moments—which Intel founder Andy Grove called “an event that changes the way we think and act”—with us.

16 frontline entrepreneurs open up on their make-or-break moments.

1. Onkar Kanwar: I was a novice in the business and that was to be my biggest advantage

2. Alok Kejriwal: I was being called a broker when I was the innovator and pioneer  

3. David Nash: If you're ill, don't wait for the 'doctors'; do something about it yourself

4. Harsh Mariwala: Ours is the story of a small Indian FMCG player globalising  

5. Rashesh Shah: Every setback is an opportunity to recalibrate

6. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw: Instead of having bad blood with a good company,I decided to part amicably

7. John Bird: I hadn't given up and I didn't feel sorry for myself 

8. Amish Tripathi: I have enough story ideas to keep myself busy for the next twenty years

9. Anand Deshpande: My employees asked me, was it my company or our company? 

10. Chetan Maini: The 'chalta hai' attitude doesn't work with me

11. Naveen Tewari: We want to change the world of advertising

12. Harish Thawani: My company's motto - Find a way to do things faster & better

13. Sujata Keshavan: We believe the Taj Mahal is beautiful because we are taught so  

14. GV Prasad: You can never have a company totally dependent on one person

15. VC Sehgal: We entrepreneurs are a bit insecure, that's why we control

16. Inderpreet Wadhwa: It was like driving a train even as the tracks were being laid 

(This story appears in the 14 June, 2013 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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  • Sunil Agarwal

    Very inspiring, the best part about all the 16 stories is that all of them are unique in style. Must read for all entrepreneurs / aspiring entrepreneurs.

    on Jul 28, 2013
  • Dr.a.jagadeesh

    Excellent stories of Sixteen high-performance entrepreneurs from across business sectors. They are all inspiration to young entrepreneurs. It is gratifying to note that some of these outstanding entrepreneurs are known to me. Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

    on Jun 15, 2013