Being an entrepreneur is a rewarding but a tough job. I am a proud member of the community having my fair share of fame, money and difficulties. While the society at large considers an entrepreneur’s struggle as tough, I consider the struggle of an entrepreneur’s life partner to be tougher and lesser rewarding.
I have been a huge fan of Mr. Narayan Murthy from the very beginning of my professional stint. His philosophy of ‘If I can do it, why can’t you?’ has inspired me and led me to make my dent in the universe.
There was another thing about him that has equally inspired and taught me about being an entrepreneur; his love story. The phases through which Narayan and Sudha Murthy went as they saw one of them create Infosys and become one of the most celebrated entrepreneurs of the country while other sacrificing her career to take care of the family is mesmerizing and imparting at the same time.
I was going through one of the numerous inspirational interviews of Sudha Murthy, when I was reminded of the lessons they subtly impart to an entrepreneur when it comes to maintaining or even choosing someone as his/her life partner.
Honesty is always the best policy
There was a time when Sudha’s father had almost rejected Narayan Murthy for his daughter. The reason was, when he asked Murthy about his career plans, he was brutally honest; he said he wanted to join a political party or open an orphanage or anything that would have a lasting effect for the betterment of the society. Not an answer any father-in-law would expect, leave alone liking it. But it was this trait of Murthy’s that eventually led Sudha fall in love with him.
The second very important instance when Mr. Murthy confronted Mrs. Murthy about either only him or only her being at Infosys, for having the balance of power; it was the honesty of Mr. Murthy that stopped any friction to occur between them, even when one of them was sacrificing their whole career just for the sake of the other person’s dream.