Dave Lukas Chats with Deepak Ohri
339: Your Bridge is Not Too Far, How Deepak Ohri Changed the Hospitality Industry and Create the Life of His Dreams
This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Deepak Ohri. Deepak grew up in a modest, a one-room flat in a lower middle-class area of New Delhi. Most would not have thought that he would grow up to be one of the most successful innovators in the luxury hotel industry founding Lebua Hotels and Resorts, creating Luxury Atelier Maison Happiness and the president of the World Foundation of Happiness.
Along his journey, he has been recognized as the Top 100 Most Powerful People in global hospitality, been sought after for his thought leadership by everyone from Bloomberg to CNBC and Forbes as well as regularly being a featured speaker at Harvard Business School, MIT, and Columbia to name a few.
But through it all, he never forgot his humble roots and recently penned the best-selling book, A Bridge Not too Far, Where Creativity Meets Innovation, which shares his best principles and lessons for success and wisdom he has learned on his journey.
Deepak did not know where he would end up. He grew up in a lower middle class neighborhood and got a glimpse of what the upper class had. He asked his parents what he needed to do to get where those people where. He started dreaming with “his eyes open” and never forgot his roots. He took his challenges as a way to learn and grow.
Luxury to him was a Coca Cola and since the first time he had it, it put him on the path to find the luxuries and enjoy life and be happy.
How did you get into the hospitality space?
What is happiness?
At the 11 min mark, Deepak shares a few important things.
What is the true meaning of luxury?
At the 17 min mark, Deepak talks about luxury marketing and what it is.
At the 21 min mark, Deepak tells the story of how he got one of his restaurants to be a main part of the movie, The Hangover 2.
You wrote “A Bridge Not Too Far.” Why did you name it that?
You state that all of your successes are built on failure, explain that.
What are the key principles that you live by in life and business?
How do you ensure a business can succeed?
What has surprised you most on your entrepreneur journey?
Time is more powerful than God? Explain that.
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