'Only had one suit'. Vedanta boss on dressing right

Hunting for a job or rushing for a meeting, one must have repeatedly heard the significance of dressing appropriately for professional outings. In the maddening rush to outperform peers and most importantly to stand out in the sea of faces, upping one’s professional dressing has become imperative. Along with a great sense of professional attire, it is equally important to be at the right place and at the right time.

Leaders who have earned a place for themselves in the pantheons of global business have all inspired millions of people to turn into self-starters. They have time and again enlisted their success mantra to offer youth a glimpse of what it took them to transform themselves into influential leaders of the world.

Recently, the founder of

, Anil Agarwal, took to his LinkedIn account to share some life lessons that he continues to foster. The 68-year-old shared a long post on how reading ‘Cinderella’ to his seven-year-old granddaughter, Mahi, took him down memory lane. The billionaire businessman reminisced about his formative years of struggle in Mumbai.

Agarwal said that his granddaughter’s favourite part from ‘Cinderella’ was when the fairy godmother performed magic and transformed Cinderella. When asked why she liked the part, the seven-year-old replied that she wanted to become a fairy godmother as it will let her be whoever she wanted to be. To this, the industrialist said, “Mahi, nobody but you have the power to transform yourself.”

The Right Dress & Address

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The entrepreneur said that this small exchange reminded him of his days of struggle. He asserted that in the 40 years of his career, he always believed in the right ‘dress & address’ mantra. Agarwal said that by the right dress – he meant that one should always ensure their clothes are clean, and they don’t necessarily need to be expensive, but crisp and clean enough to make one stand out.

The business leader elaborated that for him the ‘right address’ meant two things – location and addressing everyone with kindness. According to him, being close to where all the action takes place helps one in making an impact. Secondly, the right address also means to address or treat everyone with kindness and respect no matter who they are. “These 2 words are very simple, but for me, they carry so much meaning,” wrote Agarwal.

One Dressing For Success

In his post, Agarwal said that in his initial years, he would dress like the person he wanted to become. He also mentioned that he would skip meals to save money to have top meetings at Oberoi, which was a popular destination among high-profile investors. Agarwal would reach early to get his clothes ironed by the roadside Dhobi.

The billionaire industrialist who has carved a niche for himself went on to reveal that in his initial days he only had one grey suit. He said that he used to wear the grey suit over and over and that the suit had helped him in cracking several business deals.

Dressing Sharp & Kindness

Agarwal later shared his experience in London where he effortlessly adapted to the British way. He reiterated that dressing sharp and addressing everyone with humility helped him make the best first impression. “Similarly, when I moved to London, I would spend time in areas where I could meet potential investors and bankers. The British were very particular about their attire, so I blended myself into their culture. Dressing sharp and addressing everyone with humility helped me make the right first impression,” he wrote.

Towards the end of his long post, Agarwal said that no matter what, one should let their hard work be their fairy godmother. “In the ballroom of business, let hard work be your own fairy godmother. Not to change who you are, but to turn on the magic, and bring out your best self,” wrote the business leader.

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Harry Byrne

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