How does one measure a man? Is it by his wealth or his experiences? Do we use his material goods as a gauge or can we judge by what his friends say about him? Is it monetary success or do we look for other factors to make the call?
One popular way to measure a man is to see how well he has faced up to adversity. In Rudyard Kipling's famous poem “If”, there are two lines, which read “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same” Triumph and disaster... both are on the dichotomous ends of the same coin, yet at the end of the day, they are equally dangerous as they can cause one to be either overconfident or lose all hope. John Henry Cardinal Newman wrote in “The Second Spring” of “the revolution of that solemn circle which never stops, which teaches us in our height of hope, ever to be sober, and in our depth of desolation, never to despair.” One man who has met both in his time is Datuk Vinod Sekhar, the President and CEO of the Petra Group. There are many words that can be used to describe Datuk Vinod - he is a business leader, a captain of industry, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, an educationist, a patriot and an innovator to name but a few. Perhaps one can best describe him as a visionary as he was at the forefront of promoting many innovations. Yet, when it all boils down to the raw facts, Datuk Vinod Sekhar is a man. He is a man for having faced up to adversity, for having climbed out of the depths, not by compromising on his ideals or principles, but by sticking by them. Through triumph, disaster and triumph again, Datuk Vinod Sekhar has remained in essence the man who he has always been.
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