Datuk Vinod Sekhar – Everything About the Life, Make it Meaningful.

There is enough money in the world to go around. We live in such a good environment, have good job opportunities, a decent education system in the country, state-of-the-art medical facilities and an abdundance of culture that is so uniquely Malaysian.

So should we be so selfish and just think ourselves alone? There are still lots of people going hungry and dying in other parts of the world, so we should do something about this, should we not?

This poignant question from Datuk Vinod Sekhar, the Group CEO of the Petra Group, and a chief proponent of social capitalism is indeed thought provoking.

Vinod Sekhar believes in capitalism. He believes that everyone has a right to pursue wealth in a legal and professional manner. However, once that pursuit of wealth has been attained, mankind should turn his attention to living a life that is fair to his fellow man.

Capitalists, Vinod says, should always strive to increase the middle class numbers, so that the majority can have better purchasing power. This will ultimately ensure that the capitalist also has a growing middle class in which to offer his products and services. The creation of wealth is crucial, and we must encourage the government to create the opportunity, he says.

Vinod says that by giving, he received a lot more than he gave. Having created wealth, he could afford a nice house, luxury car and more. And, he could afford to give out more.

“One does not have to be socialist to give to others. One can have everything and share the excess with others. Imagine if everyone is doing something to create wealth, the amount created would be immeasurable.”

But nothing comes easy, says Vinod. If you want to be successful and rise to the top, then you should expect to face detractors and deal with them. There will always be people who would try to pull you down, so, we just have to accept it and move on.

Every moment in our lives, he says is better spent thinking of how to be of service to others. We should observe our economic surroundings and make everything clear to reduce the chance of making mistakes.

But of course no one is perfect, and what we should do is just learn from those mistakes and do things better in future … that’s life.

Vinod says one of the most meaningful things is to help others who are in need, and to support them. Support doesn’t only revolve in the provision of funds but as a mentor too.

Ultimately, as Vinod says, it is the duty of all entrepreneurs to help make this world a better place to live in. “Wealth creation must have a bigger agenda. We don’t create wealth just so we can say we are millionaires.

“All entrepreneurs must do our part in the furtherance of social capitalism and to help the lesser fortunate to stand on their own feet. There’s nothing more satisfying that achieving this,” he says. Related Story: Green Rubber Global by Datuk Vinod Sekhar

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