What does anyone look for in life? Success, glory, wealth, recognition, power, a good life.
Each new day gives us a chance to become more than we ever imagined. With the sunlight of every day, comes new strength and a new plan to propel a person towards even greater growth, higher achievements. It’s very important to chart this tough road to success. To prove to yourself and the world your real value, your real worth.
But how many people in the world, who once they have built a tremendous name for themselves in their chosen field, are prepared to give it all up and move away from the limelight of success? Not many. It requires a unique type of mental strength, of tremendous will power to just walk away and follow your life which you have dreamt about.
Meet Mr. Ashok Dutta (also known as Doggy to friends – a nickname given to him at his school, Mayo College in Ajmer, India). He was the CEO of Trident Merchandising Services and who, one fine day, just decided to get away from the life of stress and jostling schedules and live a life of serenity in New Zealand.
“We all have gone so busy in running the rat race that we have forgotten to actually ‘live’ our life. Similar was my case when I was working as an entrepreneur. So, I decided to shun all the hustle-bustle and move to New Zealand,” informs Mr. Dutta, who presently works as a Cashier Supervisor at Skycity Casino in Auckland.
“As soon as my shift gets over, there are no phone calls, no emails and no follow-ups. I can live according to my own will and that’s what I love the most about my life,” he smiles.
“Life is too short to let your dreams take a backseat. So, dream big, bigger than you can ever imagine, because you stand as good a chance as anybody else to make that dream come true,” avers Mr. Dutta, hitting the nail on the head by emphasizing that we all deserve to live the life we want.
Mr. Ashok Dutta was born in New Delhi to Lt.Col. H L Dutta and Amita Dutta. His father was in the Indian army, so his upbringing took place in various parts of the country, acquainting him with diverse cultures. He completed his schooling from various convent schools, before settling in Mayo College, Ajmer.
Mr. Dutta later moved to the City Beautiful, Chandigarh and pursued his Bachelor of Arts from Government College for Men, Sector 11, following which he stepped into the fashion and garment industry.
“I worked for various brands including Intercraft and Maharani of India which empowered me with an in-depth insight into the functioning of the fashion and apparel industry. This experience propelled me to start my own company, Trident, of manufacturing and exporting garments across the globe,” says Mr. Dutta who used to conduct his operations in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, United Kingdom, and South Africa.
Mr. Dutta continued this venture till 2002 when he decided to slow down and enjoy the journey of life. In the words of Evel Knievel, he “decided to fly through the air and live in the sunlight and enjoy life as much as he could.”
Starting a new innings
“For all this while, I was dealing with various countries and it was the culture and standard of living of New Zealand which always inspired my soul a lot. However, it was only when my brother, Mr. Subroto Dutta, a Commander with Indian Navy moved to New Zealand with his family, which made me take the plunge of moving to New Zealand and ever since then, there has been no looking back,” he reveals.
No matter how easy things might seem, life will never be a bed of roses. As soon as Mr. Dutta moved to New Zealand, he realized that he will have to start his life afresh right from scratch. “The laws and administration at New Zealand were very distinct from what we have in India. My educational qualification and experience was not recognized by their government and it was extremely discouraging for me initially,” states Mr. Dutta.
He adds, “I had two options with me, the foremost being to just sit back and wait for a prospective job and second being to go out and look for one. I went with the latter. I joined an organization where I was supposed to work for twelve hours at a stretch. Things seemed to be taking a toll on my aspirations; however, I didn’t let that happen for very long. I worked there for nine months and resigned. It was during my resignation period that I applied as a cashier at Skycity Casino and as destiny would have it, I got selected. I was elevated to the position of Cashier Supervisor within two years and now, I have been working here triumphantly for the last fifteen years.”
The story of Mr. Dutta’s life testifies to what Colin Powell once said, “A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
Spreading knowledge and wisdom
Mr. Dutta is a great believer in the fact that you have only one life to live, so it is really imperative to evaluate what is important, and enjoy life. “Where your treasure is, there also will be your heart,” he advises, emphasizing that “no profession is demeaning. It is only when you take a start towards following your heart is when you seek real happiness and success.”
He advises the youth, “If you wish to go overseas, it is really important that you are well-prepared for the hard struggle that you might have to encounter, owing to the wide difference in customs, rituals and laws. Once you learn to live purposefully and be prepared for whatever may come, you are bound to reach the zenith of success.”
“Always remember that life is what you make it. So, make the best of it!” he signs off.