Vijay Eswaran is a man who has persevered through hard financial times to build a company that has changed people’s lives and really expanded multilevel marketing throughout Asia and the Middle East. He is also a man who studies many philosophies that come from leaders like Confucius, Mahatma Gandhi and even his father Vijayratnam. One that he shared with a blogger recently was the idea of always being two minutes from the abyss.
The idea is that you never know when your life could end, and that what you should live for is making personal sacrifices for the good of others. For Eswaran, selflessness is the key to winning people over, and learning to listen is what will make you a better person. He also is an advocate of Vedic practices and dieting.
Vijay Eswaran is both a native of Malaysia and has ancestry from India. His father, Vijayratnam worked for the Malaysian Ministry of Labor while his mother taught in the public school. Eswaran was well-educated and was able to attend the London School of Economics where he got his initial business training. He was unsure initially where he wanted to go with his career, so he worked a few odd jobs in Europe and then worked as a consultant for a few companies. But it was multilevel marketing that caught his attention in the early 1990s, and in 1998 he decided to partner with Joseph Bismarck to start QI Group Ltd in Hong Kong. Their chief subsidiary company is QNet which sells most of the QI products through independent associates. Eswaran is also the cofounder of RYTHM Foundation and the Vijayratnam Foundation, both of which assist needy communities and provide disaster relief.
Vijay Eswaran has turned QI Group into a such a dynamic force that he’s won awards and recognitions for it including Forbes Asia’s Top 20 Wealthiest and the New Global Indian award at the 2012 Global Indian Meet. He’s also a longtime representative for Malaysia at the World Economic Forum. He’s also written several books on spiritualism and entrepreneurship including the 2005 bestseller “In The Sphere Of Silence.”