Business Today
Fortis Healthcare's Shivinder Singh says the "worst critic could well turn out to be your best friend"

Shivinder Singh, Vice Chairman, Fortis Healthcare says he didn't heed the best advice initially till life beat him into realising that he should follow it.

Shivinder Singh, Vice Chairman, Fortis Healthcare

Shivinder Singh, Vice Chairman, Fortis Healthcare

Most times, successful people resort to cliches to share their mantra of success. When one hears it, it often feels like lip service or just good packaging. What I am going to share with you is not necessarily the best advice I got, but the one I didn't heed initially and which life beat me into realising I must follow.

The first: keep your worst critic closest to you. As they say, your worst critic could well turn out to be your best friend. If you care to listen, you will at least be aware of the possibilities and implications, before you make up your mind. But, don't shy away from taking those tough decisions, because it is the tough decisions that often yield the best outcomes. The road less travelled could turn out to be fascinating and wondrous; just know the other side, so you are well prepared.

The second: If all predictions, analysis and the larger company wisdom points you in one direction, but your DEEP INNER CORE is not comfortable - DON'T DO IT! Likewise, if most people tell you it's not a good idea, or too risky a move, whether it is business or people, but you deeply feel it is the right thing to do - Listen to your inner voice. Trust your judgment. The only caveat, if I may add, is: don't be rash, and don't use this as an excuse to shoot from the hip or make light of it - "Oh! I just felt like this was the right thing to do."

Happy decision making - life is all about choices!

 WORDS OF WISDOM: Personal accounts by 50 of India's corporate leaders

 Adi Godrej

 Alok Mittal

 Schauna Chauhan

 Prashant Tandon

Dhruv Shringi

 K.V. Kamath

 Adhil Shetty

 Mohammad Imthiaz

 Anil Gupta

 Deep Kalra

 Y.C. Deveshwar

 Sasha Mirchandani

 Pankaj R. Patel

 Krishnan Ganesh

Sachin Bansal

 Anil Agarwal

 Rajiv Bajaj

 C.P. Krishnan Nair

 Tulsi Tanti

B.S. Nagesh

 Ajay Piramal

 Shiv Nadar

 Glenn Saldanha

 Ashni Biyani

Ishita Swarup

 K. Anji Reddy

 R.S. Agarwal

 Ajay Bijli

Manmohan Agarwal

Inderpreet S. Wadhwa

 Y.M. Deosthalee

 Subhash Chandra

 Kushagra N. Bajaj

 Gautam Thapar

 Pallav Nadhani

 Shivinder Singh

 Mehul Choksi

 V.G. Siddhartha

 Naveen Tewari

 Alok Kejriwal

 N.R. Narayana Murthy

 Deepak Ravindran

 Riyaaz Amlani

 Lynn De Souza

 Phanindra Sama

 Romesh Sobti

 Meher Pudumjee

 Vijay Shekhar Sharma

 Baba Kalyani

 Kunal Bahl

Get latest news & live updates on the go on your phone with our News App. Download The Business Today news app on your device