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August 13, 2015

Punit Renjen: CEO of Deloitte

"There is no substitute for hard work. There are no shortcuts to success."  

If you roll your eyes at puffy, feel-good quotes from CEOs, Punit Renjen is a breath of fresh air. He shares knowledge that an ordinary, common person can relate to. He will not tell you something that you want to hear just to make you feel good. He will motivate you by tell you the reality, and then discuss how to achieve that reality. 

And, why shouldn't he be anything but practical? Hailing from humble rural roots in North India, Punit made his way to the US some thirty years ago. Never would he have guessed in his wildest dreams that this journey would land him up some thirty years later as the first Indian-born CEO of Deloitte, a Big Four Audit Firm (the others are EY, PwC and KPMG). 

Contrary to the generations that followed him, he believes that one learns to love the work they find rather than find the work that they love. Following this approach, he stresses time and again to learn to love your work. Learn to find things about your work you are passionate about, find a mentor and excel at it. I think in this appraoch, he teaches us that to really appreciate and live life to the fullest, we must find something we love about our life and our work, and excel at it. Throw ourselves into it (maybe with reckless abandon), and find joy in it. Don't just do it. Don't just do it well. Do it exceptionally well.

Like all motivational CEOs and managers, he layers this philosophy with legacy stating, "I found something very precious. I am gonna hold it really nice, so that I can enhance it, make it a little better than I found it, then pass it on to you." 

Related Posts (Other influential Indian-origin Business Leaders in the US): 
Indra Nooyi - CEO of PepsiCo 
Indian Entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley
Sundar Pichai Takes Over Google 

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