Title : DREAM WITH YOUR EYES OPEN: An Entrepreneurial Journey
Language : English
Authors : Ronnie Screwvala
Genre : Non-Fiction
Publisher : Rupa Publications India ( April 2015 )
ISBN-13 : 9788129135889
ISBN-10 : 8129135884
Binding : HardCover
Price : Rs. 500 ( Buy from Flipkart.com @Rs. 217/- ( 56%Off! )
Pages : 208

The Book Summary : Dream with Your Eyes Open brings you the inspirational entrepreneurial story of Ronnie Screwvala, the first-generation entrepreneur and founder of UTV. It hopes to demystify victory, inspire victory, uplift ambitions and help you think big. This title details the entrepreneur’s vast experiences and the numerous lessons learnt from over twenty years of building some successful (and a few not-so-successful) businesses, bringing more clarity to an ever-changing business landscape and presenting an ardent account on the role of entrepreneurship in India's future. It shares thoughts and anecdotes to help you gain better insights into entrepreneurship and give you a fighting chance when it comes to making your dreams come true.

My Point of View ( P.O.V ) : I have read many books on success-stories or how to get on top kinda guide and self-help books. However, these were written by third person or were biographical. But 'Dream with your eyes open' is one such book that is more autobiographical in nature, hence, its been more interesting to read straight from the horse's mouth, as they say. The cover of the book is very interesting and totally in sync with the title. I like the fact that the author has kept the book honest and not blown his own trumpet. He has admitted failures in the beginning of the book itself, citing many anecdotes, as well as re-iterating the fact that failures don't stop those who don't want to be stopped. Very inspirational words there. He has given his own method of achieving success, a way which is not necessarily taught in famous management institutions, but achieved by one's own conviction, grit and determination. I always knew him as the ad and UTV honcho, but through this book I came to know that at one point he had a tooth-brush business, which he made into a massive success. This was followed by cable distribution, TV production house, TV channels and films. The book can be read by budding entrepreneurs as well as non-entrepreneurs too - its just amazing to read someone's story who has made it to the top his way! And 'his way' can be applied to any field, to achieve success. There are lots to be learned from the book whose main agenda is to drive home - 'think big, dream big'. Ronnie's style of business is - See the opportunity and start, build it; any age is good so long as you have the passion to pursue it and don't chicken out when you face stumbles. Infact, have the courage to face any struggle and don't hesitate from making tough decisions. Be more attentive, courteous. More than funds, your positive, progressive mindset may help your company more.

So, what next. Interestingly, he has started a movement 'Swades' via which he hopes to provide water and health care in the villages adopted by the foundation. The plan is long term with hopes to eventually stop mass migrations to cities by people from rural places, by creating opportunities in their native - which indeed starts with basic facilities e.g water/health-care being provided first. Where they are content in their villages with good produce and not just living there because of no other option available. I'm really awed by this, as this definitely will make India more developed!


Positives : The language is simple and easy flowing; a one-of-a-kind book. Highly recommended.
Negatives : None.
Who will enjoy this? - Everyone!
Buy or Don’t Buy? – A Must Buy!

About the Author : Rohinton Soli "Ronnie" Screwvala is an Indian first-generation entrepreneur and philanthropist. He was the Founder-CEO of the UTV Group. He was the Managing Director of Disney-UTV India, Managing Trustee of the Swades Foundation and Founder & Advisor at Unilazer Ventures Ltd. Screwvala has been named in the Esquire's List of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century. He ranked 78 among the 100 most influential people in the world list by Time 100. He was also one of the 25 Asia’s Most Powerful by Fortune magazine and was called the Jack Warner of India by Newsweek. Ernst & Young named him the Entrepreneur of the Year. Screwvala says, "It is the growing spirit of entrepreneurship and leadership in India, coupled with the new wave of optimism, passion, aspiration and ambition that inspired me to contribute in a small way and write this book."

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