An interaction with motivation guru and author Shiv Khera

Syed Zafar Mehdi

“Winners don’t do different things, they do things differently,” is his credo. A world-renowned motivation guru, best-selling author, educator, entrepreneur and social activist, Shiv Khera wears many hats, and all with panache.

Author of international best-seller You can win, and the founder of Qualified Learning Systems Inc. USA, Khera is a much sought-after speaker internationally. He has taken his dynamic, out-of-box messages to opposite sides of the globe, from United States to Singapore. Khera believes that information leads to transformation. “My books can only act as catalyst towards that end,” he says.

Khera’s life hasn’t been hunky-dory though. He has faced his share of tribulations in life. “I lost my father when I was in college. There was a time when our business suffered drastically and we were on the streets,” he reminisces. He left for US in 1975 and there he started washing cars and selling vacuum cleaners to make ends meet. “Then one day I listened to a speech by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, which brought a realization in me that we are our own problem,” he says.

His 30 years of research, understanding and experience has helped people on the path of personal growth and fulfillment. “It takes guts to be honest,” he says. “At times, selling is important but other times, walking away from sales is more important.”  He believes that attitude, leadership, motivation and values are fountain heads of success.

He has been recognized as a “Louis Marchesi Fellow” by the Round Table Foundation, an award given to, among others Mother Teresa.  He has also been the recipient of “Lifetime Achievement Award” for the cause of ‘Humanitarian Service to Society’ by the Lions Club International, besides being honored with “Centennial Vocational Award for Excellence” by the Rotary Club.

“We have filed three PILs in apex court, but regrettably judiciary too is turning into a big disappointment,” he rues. He advocates right to reject, as an option on ballot paper. Naxalism, he thinks is the result of “state terrorism in hinterland”.

Khera has authored 12 books including International best-seller “You Can Win”, which has sold over 2 million copies in 16 languages. His latest book “You Can Sell” is also picking up well. “It is expected to be even bigger,” he hopes.

Up next is the launching of his signature line of merchandise under his registered trade mark “You Can Win” and setting up India’s one of its kind Leadership Management Institute. “Merchandise is hitting market in July. It is another way to motivate people,” he says.

Khera, who is also the founder of “Country First Foundation” with Vision “Respect & Dignity for Every Indian”, rues the “leadership crisis” in this country. “I don’t rule out joining politics in future. But I have certain principles, which I can’t compromise on,” he signs off.

(First published in Hindustan Times)