Dr. Surendra K. Kaushik – Professor of Finance, Pace University

1. How do you define success?
Achievement of personal, economic and financial well-being, understanding the world around us, position of authority, decision making, and power, influence in business and policy, contribution to social well-being, contribution to new ideas, technology, products, services, love, respect, and support of spouse, family, friends, and colleagues – all of these leading to peace and happiness in one’s personal life are elements of success. Anyone who has some, many or all of these are successful in various degrees.

2. What is the key to success?
Nature and nurture. Pedigree, education, knowledge, wisdom, hard work, focus, dedication, support system, networking, caring and mission.

3. Did you always know you would be successful?
No, not always but kind of as time moved from childhood to teenage years to adulthood although a horoscope made at birth kind of predicted success, I am told. Unfortunately the only copy of the document was lost. Newer, not so carefully calculated horoscopes do have the elements and predictions confirming the content of the original made by a famous and successful astrologist.

4. When faced with adversity, what pushes you to keep moving forward?
The mission, focus and belief in the cause and the steps taken to keep going all be it a bit more carefully. Belief in oneself and the strength of that belief are important in dealing with adversity.

5. What is the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
Stay focused and balanced in everything. Stay close to the trend line as high deviations from it reflects great risk of going to the extremes. If a positive breakthrough leads to a higher and sustainable level of activity, then again become stable at a higher trend line and so on.

6. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Site seeing, movies, reading, watching TV, etc.

7. What makes a great leader?
To be able to accomplish something significant to be followed by someone(s) at any scale like being the leader in a family, in a work team, larger business and social groups, politics, business, governance at local, regional, national and international levels.

8. What advice would you give to college students about entering the workforce?
Stay focused on applying what you know, do your job the best you can, be loyal to the employer, build networks of support, have people believe in you and recommend you as they recognize your talent and potential as an honest, truthful, creative, hard working and caring future leader as you begin to move up.

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