George V Nereaparambi was born and brought up in a poor farmer’s family in the Indian state of Kerala.
George was the eldest of his 11 siblings and to take up the due responsibilities at the tender age of 11, he had to begin assisting his father in his traditional family business related to cash crops trading in Trichur.
But his heart was not where his mind was, really. George had the traits of a dreamer and a visionary. And to attest his interests, he is said to identify problems in the society quite often than not!
One day, he suddenly found that Farmers in their village used to trade cotton, but they’d throw away the cotton seeds.
Not many people didn’t know that it was possible to make gum from those seeds which can be monetized further and more. George took this lead and started his own business of gum production. He grew his business but still was searching for a kick that could redefine his life and transform it in the best way possible.
However, the major climax of his stimulating life came when one day during a visit to Burj Khalifa, one of his relatives mocked him:
See this Burj Khalifa, you cannot enter it!
And that got seeded into his mind. Putting his present business into other responsible hands he went on to settle for the Gulf.
When I landed there, I wanted to buy the entire Burj!
In 1976, he berthed the Arabian Gulf and started sweating under the heat as a mechanic in Dubai’s automobile sector, where he realised that there is a huge scope for an air conditioning business in the hot climate of the Gulf’s desert.
This made him think of developing a business related to cooling solutions.
In 1977, he quit the job and started his own business which later became the GEO Group of companies.
Today, the GEO Group is one of the leading appliances brands in Gulf and extends even far beyond into other countries across the globe.
And due to his dedicated hard work, he is now the proud owner of 22 flats in the world’s tallest structure.
But, this isn’t the conclusion of his life. After achieving his first major challenge, he now envisions another dream project which is to link all the rivers that crisscross Kerala and is completely dedicated towards this.
The man keeps moving forward and that’s how life is supposed to be. This is perhaps what we can learn from George V Nereaparambi’s life!