Humans of Bombay post amazing life stories on Instagram and has been highlighting major and critical parts of people living in Bombay. There has been a total of 3 posts in which the life of Ratan Tata has been spotlighted with his picture and his own words which is honestly very deep content.
The third one has been updated recently on the handle in which he has talked about his life after retirement. Let’s dig into the details a bit more!
Ratan Tata Talks About Life Post Retirement
He has very openly stated the fact that he thinks his surname got him the position of Chairman at the company back then and he and his team have always wanted to do something extraordinarily unique and helpful to the society. To support the statement, he gave an example,
“Even with the Nano–I remember seeing a family of 4 on a bike in the heavy Bombay rain—I wanted to do more for these families who were risking their lives for lack of an alternative. By the time we launched the Nano, our costs were higher, but I’d made a promise & we delivered.”
He mentioned that his life completely took another turn after retirement. He is taking advantage of not working by meeting his old and new friends. The words that went really into depth were, “So I’ll say this—leave the advice & do the right thing, even if it isn’t the easiest thing to do. When you look back at your life, that’s what’s going to matter the most. Doing the right thing.”
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(3/3) “Ever since, my life has been for & about growing the company. When I was appointed Chairman, it was believed my surname got me the position, but my focus was on creating something bigger than us all & on giving back, which has been in the TATA DNA since the start. With Jamshedpur for instance, while our workers were thriving, the surrounding villages were suffering. It became our goal to uplift their quality of life as well… things like these came naturally to us. Even with the Nano–I remember seeing a family of 4 on a bike in the heavy Bombay rain—I wanted to do more for these families who were risking their lives for lack of an alternative. By the time we launched the Nano, our costs were higher, but I’d made a promise & we delivered. Looking back, I’m proud of the car & the decision to go ahead with it. That’s what my life has been about—work became a lifestyle. I was always at Bombay House or travelling, that’s why even though I came close to marriage with 2-3 different partners, I couldn’t go through with it because they’d have to adjust to my lifestyle & that didn’t sit right with me. Now that I’m retired, that lifestyle has changed again. People ask if I’m truly ‘retired’ & to that I say—there’s no doubt about it. I’m enjoying the separation from the company—I don’t look at newspapers & worry about the bad stuff anymore. But let me tell you, retirement isn't about playing golf, or reading on a beach, whilst sipping on a cocktail. In fact, never before has the urge to do more, been greater. From affordable cancer treatment, to making the lives in rural India easier—I’m looking forward to making it happen at the Tata Trust. I’m trying to enjoy myself to be honest—I’m spending time with friends—old & new, across age groups, who I’m constantly learning from. At 82, I’m still learning, so when you ask me to give advice, I feel like the ‘right advice’ changes over a period of time—but the one thing that remains unchanged is the desire to do the right thing. So I’ll say this—leave the advice & do the right thing, even if it isn’t the easiest thing to do. When you look back at your life, that’s what’s going to matter the most. Doing the right thing.”
He said that he also came close to 2-3 marriage partners but he was unable to proceed through due to his work lifestyle which was not only tough but never-ending at the time. He thought that it would be difficult for anybody to adjust to the kind of life he was living.