It’s not uncommon to hear old sayings about living as if tomorrow is not promised, and perhaps you get reminded of that whenever you lose a loved one. But Vijay Eswaran has a way he describes it as always being just two minutes away from the abyss. What this means is that you should live your life selflessly and focus on what you can give up for others instead of living only to make your own gain. And Eswaran also says you won’t get anywhere unless you’re willing to take risks, especially in business and he knows because he took a lot of risks to start his company QI Group Ltd.
Vijay Eswaran is the son of a Malaysian government official who was also known for his charity work and having a profound spiritual impact on Eswaran while he was still young. Eswaran got his bachelor’s degree in socioeconomics in 1984 from the London School of Economics and did a variety of gigs before learning about the multilevel marketing industry. His first venture into multilevel marketing came when he worked with the Cosway Group and then continued in a partnership with Joseph Bismark that resulted in starting QI Group Ltd. QI Group’s chief companies are QNET, Q-Stride, QI Lifestyle and QI Asset Management. Also established under QI Group is RYTHM Foundation, a humanitarian activist group that has helped establish schools, libraries, food banks and assistance programs for special needs children in various locations across Asia.
Vijay Eswaran believes in observing moments of silence both on his personal time and in work breaks, and he also practices dieting and certain exercises aimed at spiritual well-being. He’s written about them in his books titled “In The Sphere Of Silence,” a New York Times bestseller, and “On The Wings Of Thought.” Eswaran has also been highlighted in business magazines such as Forbes Asia’s 2011 “Heroes of Philanthropy” and the 2013 “Top 50 Richest” editions. He has been an important speaker at events like the World Economic Forum, and he won the New Global Indian award in business excellence at the 2012 Global Indian Meet summit.