I’ve been in India for the past several days conducting seminars on business networking and, I have to say, I’ve been very impressed by the business community here. The businesspeople I’ve met are passionate about learning and they are hungry for information and knowledge. I have found the audiences here to be extraordinarily respectful and almost sponge-like in their interest in absorbing new ideas.
Although it is still a developing nation, it is obvious that the infrastructure of India is growing quickly. There are construction projects going on virtually everywhere and the development of transportation systems seems to be a high priority.
India has quite an interesting blend of history, tradition, and modern society, along with a serious quest for improving people’s lives. I don’t think the West fully recognizes the transformation that is taking place here. Although the middle or entrepreneurial class in India is only about 20% of the population, this percentage represents over 200 million people!
The fact is, education is crucial to achieving growth and success; India’s business community truly understands this and it is inspiring to see how they wholeheartedly embrace a culture of learning. With their interest in education and training, and their focus on creating infrastructure, I believe that India is likely to be the financial powerhouse of Asia within the next decade.
Businesspeople around the world would benefit tremendously by following India’s example in regard to the value the people of this country place on education. It has been an amazing opportunity to be able to experience the culture of India and the graciousness and generosity of the people here. I am deeply grateful to all those I have met during this trip and judging from the way these people embrace knowledge and exude the Givers Gain® philosophy, I have full confidence that India will soon achieve tremendous growth and worldwide recognition.