"Philosophy is my resource. I was very fortunate as my father opened my mind to many of the world's leading thinkers - Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Mandela and others," he says.
Eswaran, born to a Hindu family in Malaysia, used to joke with his business contacts, saying: "I'm only the assistant; the big boss is not here," referring to the "Almighty", which led some of his clueless listeners to ask when they could meet "the boss".
According to Eswaran, many people start well, but the more successful they become, the more they believe their own hype. He says that even if there are 90 different nationalities at a meeting, he starts by asking everyone to close their eyes and ask for guidance. "This keeps me grounded - I need a boss as well."
Like many successful people, Eswaran likes to wake early in the morning. The hour before sunrise is known as the "time before creation", he says, and in India it is considered to be the most creative time of the day.
He spends this period analysing what happened the day before, and planning for the coming day. Spending time with yourself helps, "to become more real, and to learn who you are," he says. "It also helps you to slow down, and to think before you talk," he adds.
Author of four books and a motivational speaker with numerous YouTube clips, Eswaran also takes care of the facets of his business that encompass online services covering B2C e-commerce and direct sales, lifestyle, travel and leisure, wellness, luxury watches and collectibles, telecoms, property development, logistics and other operations.
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