Rajesh Setty

Occupation:  President, Suggestica, Inc.

First Car: 1997 Nissan Altima

Favorite Restaurant: Sweet Tomatoes

What are three things most people don't know about you?

Surprisingly, this is a hard question for me as my life is very transparent (being a blogger , I can’t be any other way) but here is my attempt:

a). I am “conveniently superstitious”, meaning I am superstitious as long as it’s convenient for me. 

b). I used to be a ping-pong champion during my school days. 

c). I like to watch the same movies (good ones) multiple times.  The simple reason being, I can enjoy the movies (without the stress of worrying what happens next)and not feel guilty when I have to stop it in the middle.

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Getting my first book published when I was thirteen. Talk about being naive. I wrote the book (about 200 pages) when I was nine and in my youthful inexperience I thought that since it took me six months to write the book thatt publishing it would be the easy part.  I thought it should happen in less than three months. After more than a hundred rejections and four long years, my book was finally published when I was thirteen. What I learned during that journey is what has saved me in all my entrepreneurial ventures

What's your best childhood memory?

I was very forgetful when I was a kid (people say I still have that trait) and that would lead to a lot of confusion. I would go to school on my bicycle and come back home walking with my friends. The bicycle would stay at school. The next morning, I would be frantically searching for my bicycle.

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

OK this is an interesting question.

Past - Mahatma Gandhi just for the sheer perseverance.

Present - Nelson Mandela for the same reason.

Future - Drawing a blank here.

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

Competing with four other students to be the “school leader (student body)” when I was in my seventh grade. I had to sell myself for the job and I was totally unprepared. I won mostly because of sympathy I guess.  : (

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Reading about one book a week, more when I am traveling

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

I am currently reading Vicktor Frankl’s book ”Man’s search for meaningGreat book. I am sure I will enjoy it.

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

Two countries - Australia and New Zealand.

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

Asha for Education. They help in educating children who can’t afford to be educated. Imagine a future world with uneducated people. It’s scary.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

Teaching.

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

Not by design. It was the first job that I got when I moved to the United States. Of course, I fell in love with it.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Distinguish yourself. For a series of tips on how to distinguish yourself, here is a link to Squidoo Lens on the same topic: Squidoo Lens: Distinguish Yourself