The Malaysian-born, Indian-based CEO Vijay Eswaran shares his reasons for success in his book, “In the Sphere of Silence.”
Shaped by his Hindu background in an Indian household, Eswaran started practicing silence during “mouna vratham” with his grandfather. He believes in an hour of introspection and silence of the mind—absolute silence, though: You break it even once, with any type of external stimuli, and you start over. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: https://ideamensch.com/dr-vijay-eswaran/
This can be difficult to achieve in today’s extremely busy and chaotic society. With people glued to headphones, attached to cell phones and laptops, hearing oneself is the last thing to come to mind, if at all. But silence can be beneficial; after all, Eswaran has been practicing it for the last 18 years, and thinks it has made him a better businessman.
Eswaran draws from many inspirational human beings in his book, including Mother Theresa, Keats, and Prophet Mohammed. While the book is primarily centered on the do’s and don’ts of hour-long silence, it also encourages readers to generally listen more and make a to-do list every day.
The hour of introspection is divided into five sections, with the first three and fifth sections requiring 10 minutes each, and the fourth section 20 minutes. Although any time of the day can be allotted for this activity, the optimal time is between the hours of 4:30 am and 6:00 am.
The first 10 minutes go into reflecting everything about the previous day—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Reflection on failures is crucial, but ways to remedy them is even more so.
The second 10 minutes are devoted to planning the present. This is where you create the to-do list for the day. Read more: 3 More Years: NYCFC Owners Man City and Vijay Eswaran’s QNET Extend their Partnership
The third 10 minutes are spent on planning the future. You write your goals for the next week, year, and five years.
The fourth section is divided into two parts. The first 15 minutes entail learning something new by reading. The book can be about anything as long as you learn something new. The remaining five minutes of this section are spent on summarizing the reading; this synopsis is read the next day at the beginning of the fourth section.
The last ten minutes are for you to freely communicate with your god. The topic can be anything, and you should record the reflection in writing.