Mumbai, Jan 7: Always aim high in life and proceed in the direction of realising your goals with total determination, said Reliance Industries Limited Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani in an e-mail interview to ''Chitralkha''.
''Firm determination and hard work is always rewarding,'' said Mr Ambani to one of the oldest Gujarati publications in the city. The ''Chitralekha''issue, that carries Mr Ambani's interview, hit the stands on January 5. Incidentally, the publication has named Mukesh Ambani as ''Chitralekha Person Of The Year 2007''. ''Chitralekha'' editor Bharat Ghelani today issued a press release carrying excerpts from the e-mail interview.
''I feel overwhelmed and humbled by the love and affection of readers of Chitralekha, which is a highly reputed magazine that mirrors the aspirations and intrinsic qualities of Gujaratis the world over,'' Mr Ambani said at the outset upon being chosen as Chitralekha Person Of The Year 2007.
Mr Ambani said his father, Dhirubhai, had been the source of his inspiration. ''My father had the vision to empower the common man's dreams with wings. To me he was not only my father, he was my Guru and a leader who showed and guided me in the right direction.'' About his Dream India, he said, ''I dream of the India that offers full scope and opportunities to people to realise their innovative creativity. It will be the country that will be the origin and source of knowledge for the rest of the world .... the country that becomes a role model.'' On his favourite book, Mr Ambani said he likes to read books on almost all subjects. Last year, I had read ''Execution: The Discipline Of Getting Things Done'' by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, he informed.
''I share my family's love and passion for the wildlife. I believe that when you sincerely decide to do something, you do get time to do it,'' he adds.