Why is Ratan Tata an inspiration?

Why is Ratan Tata an inspiration?

Jamsetji Tata was the one who founded the famous business group the Tata group.  Ratan Tata  Is the great-grandson of the founder of this famous business group. No doubt this is true that this is one of the wealthiest business groups of India. Ratan Tata has made his unique Identity by inspiring generations from his thoughts, sayings, and practices. 

Let’s look at some of Ratan Tata’s quotes that are really inspiring.  

Ratan tata quotes on life

He is of the opinion that this is your mind that can control your life. What you think of your life will become like that. This is an old philosophy that has been true for hundreds of years. In his own words, he said

“None can destroy iron, but its own rust can. Likewise, none can destroy a person, but his own mindset can.”

Here, he has taken the example of iron and rust. Explaining his purpose. He said that as rust destroys iron the bad mindset will definitely destroy the person who is having it. 

As a leader, Ratan Tata has a very strong image and the reason for this can be found easily in one of his sayings

“If a founder has passion and innovation, he needs to be supported. I am more intuitive than a numbers person, and I recognise that not all investments are going to be positive. Some may fail, and some may have problems for other reasons. That is life.”

At another place, while elaborating his idea he never forgot to mention the relationship between passion and success. 

“A founder who is in for the short run or has no passion for the sector he is in, doesn’t give me a great deal of comfort.” 

Ratan tata quotes on success

He has a very clear understanding of success. As for his version of success, it is important to nourish the talent first. While addressing the issue of talent he once said. 

“All of us do not have equal talent. Yet all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.”

No matter what type of talent you have you will always get a chance to shine your talent and show it to the world

This is natural for people to hate you if you are enjoying success. Ratan as a successful person also experienced it. But he really gives a beautiful formula to handle this hate properly let’s look at this amazing ingredient of his

“Take the stone people throw at you and use them to build a monument.”

His idea about success and the originality of success is very clear. This is the reason he said

“A person who is trying to copy others will be a successful person for a while, but he won’t be able to succeed further in life.”

His theory of success is a bit different, maybe some of those may not agree with him. At one point he said that

“I don’t believe in taking the right decisions. I take decisions and then make them right.”

This shows his commitment regarding the decision he takes and his everyday work activities.

For Ratan Tata, the philosophy of respect and success may entirely be different from the common standards of the traditional society. He said

 “I admire people who are very successful. But if that success has been achieved through too much ruthlessness, then I may admire that person, but I can’t respect him.”

Rattan quotes on work life balance

This is important to be successful in life. But success is not everything. What if running behind the success you forget to live your life. This will complete demolishing whatever type of success you have. This is a reason that ratan used to say

“Don’t be serious, enjoy life as it comes.”

Being serious about life will not change anything so just chill and enjoy life in an easy going manner.

Humour and everyday examples are very common in his sayings at one point he said

“Ups and downs in life are very important to keep us going because a straight line even in an E.C.G means we are not alive.”

He really gives importance to the family life. This is the reason he said that the 

“If you want to walk fast, walk alone. But if you want to walk far, walk together.”

There should not be regret in life One should live his / her life in full swing. This is the reason that the Ratan said 

 “There are many things that, if I have to relive, maybe I will do it another way. But I would not like to look back and think about what I have not been able to do.”

Ratan Tata Quotes as a Business leader

 He is truly a business leader and his various quotes explain this very well. He has expanded the meaning of success for the companies and the business. This is the reason he said that 

“Business needs to go beyond the interest of their companies to the communities they serve.”

Some of his quotes are about the behavior of the general public 

“People still believe what they read is necessarily the truth.”

His role as a leader can not be ignored if you are discussing his life. He once very rightfully said that

 “I have been constantly telling people to encourage people, to question the unquestioned and not to be ashamed to bring up new ideas, new processes to get things done.”


This is really very important for a business leader to safeguard the interests of the general public this is the reason that Tata said

“If it stands the test of public scrutiny, do it… If it doesn’t stand the test of public scrutiny then don’t do it.”

He continues to inspire when he said that 

“Power and wealth are not two of my main stakes.”

Finally, this saying of his explains very well the personality and the philosophy of the life of Ratan Tata

“Apart from values and ethics which I have tried to live by, the legacy I would like to leave behind is a very simple one – that I have always stood up for what I consider to be the right thing, and I have tried to be as fair and equitable as I could be.”

Final Words

The year was 1937 when Ratan Tata was born. He was raised by Lady Navajbai Tata.  She was his grandmother. He is inspired a lot by her strong personality and ethical values. Ratan Tata says that still he wants to indulge those values more and more in his life. Like many other wealthy Indians, Ratan was sent for higher studies abroad.  Cornell University in Newyork was the university from where he got his education. In 1961 he came back from New York and joined the family business. In 1991 the then chairman of the TATA group JRD Tata left the chairmanship of the group. Ratan Tata was his successor. 

Thanks to Ratan now this group is one of the famous business groups around the globe.

Ratan Tata is really an inspiration for the youth. He really has the opinion and desire that people should invest in startups. He rightfully thinks that this is something that can change the economy of India. This is the reason that he has invested a lot in startups. His personality not only provides the desired money to the startups but also blesses them with the confidence of the general public and in image building.