Salim Ghauri is the first and only Pakistani company to trade NASDAQ since 1999 and is now one of the world’s leading IT firms. NetSol is a Pakistani IT company founder and CEO. After he decides to leave Australia and start his own business in Pakistan, Salim Ghauri shares his personal history of down and up. He is also an inspiration of millions of Pakistani youth who see him as an IT expert, but also as a motivation for his biography From Nothing to Everything.
“It was another milestone for me and a success factor to write my book”, Ghauri said. The combination of his biography as a person and the key to success as an entrepreneur is ‘Ghauri – from nothing to everything.’ “It’s not easy for victory, something that I want to communicate to the younger generation. After a few clicks, it doesn’t fly in your hands, it takes many failed efforts to achieve a goal that can be considered triumph”, Ghauri further added.
It can be said that this book serves as a guide for Pakistan’s young people to be of great business excellence, especially in the information technology industry. Ghauri recalled one of his greatest accomplishments by designing a special software solution for Mercedes Benz in the 1990s. It was a great pleasure for him and his business to be in contact with a distinguished firm. “My hope and encouragement raised the roof from then on”, Ghauri narrated.
You don’t get far in waiting for a chance; you must be ambitious to reach your life goals. None asks entrepreneurs if they have failed in education and how many times, because they all concentrate on present glorified life. But Mr. Ghauri is not ashamed to mention that he had a very poor education to the extent that he was angry with his teachers and would promote himself without taking examinations. He hasn’t been a very clever book, but he was a clever kid in the street. “I have an intrinsic decision-making capability that is critical to life’s success. This ability helped me in my career to succeed. At key moments in my life, I must make choices which if not taken, wouldn’t have taken NETSOL this much far”, Ghauri added.
One day, he never thought that, with the assistance of his brothers and Netsolians, a boy like him, who was born in a small city called “Bahawalpur,” would improve the NETSOL standards for NASDAQ USA. This has led to the arrival in NETSOL of a large number of foreigners.
Mr. Ghauri was raised in Lahore, and his father sent him to Romania for higher education after graduating from FC College. He graduated with a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering, and always had a passion for computers that led him to City Bank, Saudi Arabia, where he was hired as a data operator. In the early 1990s, he returned to Pakistan and made his dream came true. NETSOL was born in 1996 and he’d never looked back from then on. Soon his book will be a research case study by a successful Pakistani entrepreneur in the curriculum of leading universities. NetSol has already integrated its students into the case studies of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He suggested the younger generation read a copy of ‘Ghauri,’ because it’s not just about his journey, it’s an experience of learning full of ideas and strategies that turns into a successful entrepreneur.
Reported by: Ehtisham