Ten On The Weekend is a weekly (-ish) feature in IMI, the concept of which is simple: Each time, we ask the same ten questions of a different industry figure, letting readers get to know the interviewee on a more personal and informal level than they might in an ordinary business setting.
Our guest this weekend is Manoj Dalal of M Global.
How do you spend your weekends?
I spend my weekends with my family and friends and listening to classical instrumental music.
There are so many things in life that we take for granted. It is only when there is scarcity or we lose them that we then value them. For example, the support system of family and friends. The family support system cannot be measured: it is pure, pious, and with no expectation of return. You need not have dozens of friends; a selected handful is enough to make your life charming.
Listening to classical instrumental music gives me so much peace and relaxes my mind.
What are your top three business goals this year?
- Publish more articles and speak at more forums;
- Promote entrepreneur visas to create more start-ups, more employment, more growth, and more happiness; and
- Expand my B2B network.
What’s your biggest business concern right now?
India, being a country with a huge population, has only been able to vaccinate (double dosages) less than 10% of its population. Until the number of vaccinated people goes up, various countries will not open borders to Indians.
Though the best of efforts are being put in, it’ll be a while before things get better and, until then, it is a game of patience.
Which book is on your nightstand right now?
I prefer listening to TEDx Talks and Toastmasters. Listening to them leaves a positive vibration in me, which keeps reverberating and helps me get up with a positive frame of mind, on all days.
How and when did you first get into the investment migration industry?
Being a strategist, I have been dealing with UHNWIs for more than a decade. Adding citizenship and residency programs to the portfolio was a natural complement to the existing offerings.
What was your proudest moment as a service provider?
There have been many of them but being honest and upfront has always helped me close deals.
Which investment migration market development has surprised you the most in the last year?
The rising demand for entrepreneur- and passive income visas. I’m very optimistic about those.
If you could go 10 years back in time, what business decision would you change?
Nothing. Every decision taken in the past was based on the level of understanding and maturity at that time, which, as time goes by, keeps evolving. So keep learning and keep growing.
What investment migration industry personality do you most admire?
Mr.Bruno L’ecuyer of the Investment Migration Council.
If all goes according to plan, what will you be doing five years from now?
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