Tuesday, December 5, 2023

I reached office, 6.20 a.m every day, recalls Narayana Murthy

They say time waits for no one. And, we can’t help but agree with this statement. Well, it is not just us, but Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy thinks along similar lines. During an interview with MoneyControl, Mr Murthy opened up about how he used to reach the Infosys campus daily at 6:20 in the morning. Mr Murthy went on to add that he followed this routine till he retired in 2011. 

The revelation was made when Mr Murthy corrected the interviewer, who referred to “legendary stories” on how he would reach the campus at 7 am. Mr Murthy replied, “6:20 am.”

“I used to come into the office at 6:20 am and stay on till 8-9 pm,” he said. 

Earlier, while talking about the lessons he learned as an entrepreneur during his Infosys days, the 76-year-old billionaire said that punctuality “sent an indelible message to youngsters about reaching the office on time.”

Speaking about the impact his schedule had on his family, Mr Murthy added, “I think entrepreneurship is about daring. It’s about courage. It’s about sacrifice. It’s about deferred gratification. So, if you want to create something that doesn’t exist, it requires a lot of hard work, a lot of commitment, it requires a lot of sacrifices.”

He added, “And as I pointed out earlier when you see small victories on the path to great glory, those small victories give you energy, enthusiasm, confidence, happiness, etc. But the real losers in some senses are our children, both Akshata and Rohan.”

Mr Murthy added that he used to take his children to their favourite place on days when he was back home early. “On rare occasions when I came home on time and the children had completed their homework, we would take them to Mac Fast (in Bengaluru). And they would have their pizzas, French fries or whatever they wanted.”

Infosys, a NASDAQ-listed IT company headquartered in Bengaluru, was founded in 1981 by Mr Murthy and his partners. Last year, it became the fourth Indian company to reach $100 billion in market capitalisation. 

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