Vijay Eswaran is the CEO of the QI Group, an ecommerce conglomerate he co-founded in 1998. The entrepreneur got his start as a student at the London School of Economics, graduating in 1984. His first foray into marketing was in the UK. This experience prompted him to earn an MBA from Southern Illinois University. He worked for several multinational companies in the following years, finally returning to Malaysia to found his own start-up.
Eswaran is the author of four books. The first,In the Sphere of Silence, discusses his personal philosophy of success. This book recommends starting your day with an hour of silence to clear your mind. For Eswaran, “the sphere of silence” means slowing your pace down to figure out what your true goals are.
In addition to his first volume, Vijay Eswaran published two more books on his philosophy, In the Thinking Zone, and 18 Stepping Stones. He followed these works with On the Wings of Thought, which showcases his work as a photographer. His books have been translated into several languages.
One idea that Eswaran often writes about is being a servant leader. Real leadership does not involve barking orders about. Rather, it means worrying about others before yourself. He cites John Maxwell’s famous quote about how much you care being more important than how much you know. According to Eswaran, he was influenced by humanitarians such as Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela in his formative years.
Vijay Eswaran is also an accomplished motivational speaker. As a speaker, he often talks about tackling one’s fears. Eswaran views fear as a force that can be harnessed into something positive, much in the way someone who fears jumping from a plane might decide to take up skydiving.