Aditya Birla group, with its elite vision to be a premium global conglomerate and mission to provide superior value to their customers is an example for all of us, be it modern day start-ups and for all of us aspiring individuals with the power of youth, teaching us the virtue to make a difference to the society. And difference they have been making to my life ever since I was an adolescent.
Ever since wanting to shop your heart out at Pantaloons, wherein your legs would tire walking the entire store but your eyes wouldn’t, looking at the variety of choice and quality of collection available at your disposal would make you go ecstatic! There was nothing but one brand of clothing I wanted to wear at my first interview, Van Heusen. It made me feel extremely confident and assured that there was nothing going wrong with my first impression.
And who doesn’t remember the freshly made lunch tiffin your mom made for you when you went to school or college. To ensure it stayed that way right upto lunch time, I remember my mom wrapping the food in Freshwrapp aluminium foil. Thanks to that, the lunch was always memorable and scrumptious!
ABG Group does indeed help ‘build’ a nation, very literally. Ultratech cement is the largest Cement manufacturer in India with a massive global presence as well. We can indeed feel secure about staying in houses and buildings made of the cement which has roots in one of the most reliable conglomerates in India and having a market presence since decades.
Apart from impacting our lives through their products, it touches the lives of those who need it the most, the underprivileged and the needy. With the help of Aditya Birla Group of Community Initiatives and Rural Development, over 5000 physically challenged persons have been provided with artificial limbs, now making them self reliant. ABG group does indeed personify the phrase ‘giving back to the community’.
Now we do realise, that ABG does have a presence and has an impact in almost every phase of life. It would be a cliché, but the truth nonetheless that this prestigious group will continue to impact our lives for decades to come, like it has for the past 152 years.
"Ever tried. Ever failed. No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
The quote you see above is what Stan Wawrinka, a Swiss Tennis player got tattooed on his arm after he won his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, 2014 against Novak Djokovic, after losing to him in their previous 14 encounters. It embodies the quote, “You fail when you refuse to get back up” perfectly. That’s exactly what motivates me when I am faced with a failure, or prospective failure so big and intimidating that it crushes me, almost, but never completely.
It was May, 2017, my first crack at the Chartered Accountancy exams. It was the moment I was waiting for since 5 years of first filling the form for entrance exams of the curriculum in 2012. I was sitting in the exam hall, anxiously waiting for the question paper to arrive. And here it came, with mysteries hidden inside the sealed question paper. As it turned out, mysteries they were as I was unable to comprehend and interpret the complex set of questions that appeared before me. I was distraught. 5 years of waiting and relentless efforts, I could see them all going down the drain.
A single poor performance had a bearing on my overall marks and, as it turned out, I had to reappear for 4 papers of Chartered Accountancy again, 6 months later. Now, I had 2 options. First, to sob and play the entire scenario in my head, wishing I had somehow performed better. Or the second, to get back up, dust myself off and take what’s mine, the CA degree for which I’d been working tirelessly to achieve. Regardless to say, it was the second option that I chose and I got back up and studied again with twice the intensity, because that’s what it would take to achieve what I’d always wanted.
According to Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of Aditya Birla Group, “Failure is not fatal, it is inevitable”. I took these words as my inspiration and guiding light and didn’t let this failure stop me from getting to what I want. And that’s what happened come January 2018. I was Naman Jain no more. Now, I was CA Naman Jain and roughly a year and a half later, I'm a student of the prestigious Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.