As an angel investor in New York and London, the days of Raffaele Riva usually start rather early. During an interview, he states that he wakes up before the sun rises every single day of the week when he walks to his favorite coffee shop that is only about a block away from his home. While he is there, Raffaele Riva spends his time checking his emails and the headline while enjoying his morning. He is working with many different businesses located in timezones across the globe and he has to keep in mind the time it is where they are operating. This means that while it may be 5 am in New York City, it’s already 10 am in London and people are well into their workday already.
In order to make sure that he is able to keep up with his team across the globe, Raffaele Riva is used to getting an early start. For the first few hours, he is able to work from his office at home before going into the office. This gives him a chance to spend a little bit of time with his wife and children as they are getting ready for school and to start the rest of their days as well. Usually, the family is all out of the door at around 7:30 and Raffaele Riva is on his way to his office. He still manages to find free time during his busy days to have lunch and spend time with his girls doing different activities.
One of the things that Raffaele Riva finds is able to help him stay productive is making sure to find time focus on his own well-being. He tries to take a quick run or meditate at some point during his day in order to keep him from feeling too stressed from work and consumed by different responsibilities that can impact his stress level. Raffaele Riva gives credit to his daily meditation time to some of the success that he has achieved during his career. It’s important to find what works for you when it comes to your career and personal life.
Vijay Eswaran is the founder and chairman of QI Group of Companies that specializes in several business sectors like financial, hospitality, retail, education, direct selling and marketing services. He is the CEO of QNET, which was formed in 1998 with specialty in direct selling and marketing. The company uses e-commerce application to offer its services. Dr. Eswaran wanted to setup a company that would reach very many people through online platform. After consultation with other partners, they decided to test direct selling business with already emerging e-commerce platform.
Vijay Eswaran established University in Malaysia where pioneer students are expected to graduate this year. According to the entrepreneur, this is an important milestone they have achieved so far. At the moment, the University is operating on a temporary campus based in Ipoh city, which is approximately two hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. They have plans of establishing QI City that would include residential apartments, shopping mall, park, permanent campus and hostels for the students. Also, they will establish a teaching hospital to support medical programs for the university students.
The entrepreneur has learnt a lot from his journey to success. He transformed his academic approach of business plan, strategy, skills, capital and identified a common goal that would recognize and attract likeminded people. He believes that a business is shaped effectively when all staffs work as a team. For them to emerge as winners, they must assemble the best, train hard, design winning strategies, outdo the opponents and continue to improve on their techniques all the time. In this case, they ensure highly qualified professionals are recruited to work in their companies.
Vijay Eswaran is a philanthropist who established RYTHM Foundation a corporate social responsibility of the arm of QI Group of Companies. Also, he started a charity organization in Malaysia called Vijayaratnam Foundation that was named after his dad. He has used these foundations to initiate several social programs like mentorship and making donations to charities and individuals. Some years back, he was recognized as among 48 ‘Heroes of Philanthropy’ by Forbes Asia.
He was awarded the Malaysian Business Award as the CEO of the Year 2013, for his excellent executive role at QI Group of Companies. The MBA awards recognize innovations and excellent practices witnessed in entities across Malaysia. Vijay Eswaran thinks success is interwoven with some challenges. Entrepreneurs should focus on how to deal with such challenged when they are approached by them. He says success and failure are elements that would lead to growth if handled appropriately.
Vijay Eswaran has been interacting regularly with his customers in order to listen to their stories. As such, he is able to understand the clients’ needs and in case there are complaints, preventive measures are put in place avoid similar instances in future.