Reading, meditation help HopeQure CEO fine tune his goals & objectives

Vivek Sagar sees reading as a structured and deeply inculcated habit.

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Vivek Sagar shares his favourite books and how they help him better his business acumen.
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Lockdown gave Vivek Sagar, Founder and CEO, HopeQure time to revisit some of his favourite books like 'Blue Ocean Strategy', 'Good to Great', 'Ashtavakra Geeta' by Nandlal Dashora and 'The Third Advent' by Grégoire de Kalbermatten.

"The new book I read during the lockdown was The Unusual Billionaires by Saurabh Mukherjea, explaining, the common strategies of seven companies like Asian Paints, HDFC Bank, Page Industries etc with learnings of outstanding corporate stories. More than the books, I strongly recommend entrepreneurs to read, Jeff Bezos’s Letter to the shareholder written over the last two decade since 1997. They pass unmatched wisdom and insight into building large businesses of the 21st century," he told ET Panache.

Learning
While 'Blue Ocean Strategies' and 'Good to Great' are milestones of management books every entrepreneur should read feels Sagar.


"To nurture a business idea, that can last long with profitable and sustainable growth, Ashtravakra Geeta by Nandlal Dashora and The Third Advent by Grégoire de Kalbermatten contains answers to the quest every seeker of truth has. To my friends in the internet industry, I always recommend to read Jeff Bezos letter to shareholders as these letters bring unmatched wisdom, guidance and insight into developing a customer focused business, strategies to retain key stakeholders and communicating effectively about plans, failures and ambition. Jeff’s insight into the philosophy of customer oriented business through his letters to shareholders speaks at length about strategies that move the flywheel of prosperity for an internet business as these letters clearly articulated how to evaluate new ideas, focus on inputs, work backwards from customer requirements and innovation and ownership based thinking," he said.

Routine
Reading for Sagar is not a substitute for break from regular activities, but is more structured and deeply inculcated habit.

"I spent over 10-15 hours of reading every week, and sometimes I read the book end to end till I complete the book over few days. A good book can engage me completely till I read the last page," he said.
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Stress-breaker
Reading and meditation help Sagar fine tune his goals and objectives as it guides in channelising the thoughts and demystifying the objectives.

"Books at times help me re-evaluate, re-build and restructure my own thoughts and beliefs and gives a fresh perspective to my own questions at times," he added.

Sagar prefers reading physical books as he enjoys turning pages to see how many more pages are left to complete.

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