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 Tame the Ego and Open the Mind: Vijay Eswaran’s Business Insights

When Vijay Eswaran began his entrepreneurial adventure, he realized that he must empty his cup first. Eswaran’s mentor narrated an old story about a Zen master named Master Suzuki to assist him in understanding.

In those days, it was a great privilege to be a student of Master Suzuki. Many people from across the globe went to him in quest of advice and support.

Master Suzuki’s story

One day, a student walked up to his house, and the master welcomed him with open arms. With great pride, the student announced that he had spent the last seven years studying the esoteric martial arts of the east, including Tai Chi, Wushu, Taekwondo, and Hapkido. The young man claimed he was ready to learn the art of Zen.

Surprisingly, Master Suzuki informed him that he would not be able to enroll him. Once the young candidate heard of his dismissal, he was surprised. He couldn’t understand the reason for his release.

After a long wait, Master Suzuki finally invited him to join him for some tea. When the youngster aspirant handed the two empty cups, he instructed him to fill one of them with tea. The young man poured tea from the teapot.

He paused as the cup of tea reached the brim. However, Master Suzuki told him to keep pouring.

Stunned, the young man kept pouring despite the tea spilling across the table and oozing to the floor. While pointing to the brimming cup of tea, Master Suzuki compared the scenario to the young man’s earlier response.

Improve Your Life by Making Use of the Practice

From the narrative, emptying the cup is a metaphor for getting rid of one’s ego. You can’t learn something else if you have a full cup as you think you already know everything. When you study, you broaden your mind to all the world’s mysteries. The further you learn, the further you’ll understand.

Vijay Eswaran illustrates that the goal here is to silence one’s ego. When it comes to the ego, it doesn’t just evaporate. Suppressing one’s ego is essential for moral growth.

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Ultimately, it’s all about the ego. It may be the only thing standing in your way. If you can’t keep your ego in check, you’ll never be able to grow or learn anything new.

Emptying the cup is essential to keep your sanity, vision, and capacity for personal growth. If you don’t tame your ego, your life’s mission will be lost.

About Vijay Eswaran

Eswaran is well-known in Malaysia for his philanthropist, businessman, and writer work. Currently, he serves as the CEO of QI Group of Companies.

In 1998, Eswaran pioneered a direct sales network in the Philippines by combining direct sales with e-commerce. Today, the network has coached and developed over a million business people in some of the world’s most complex and famous emerging economies.