Manu Sood

Hotel owner

MBA, 1997

About Manu

Manu Sood graduated with an MBA in 1998 and now leads an enviable life running his own island hotel in India.

I made my career choice because ...

Having an Indian passport, I didn’t get a job in Australia after my MBA in 1997. So I took three months off to backpack around Australia. The people, the events, the activities on that trip changed my life and made me realise that I really wanted to build my own backpacker hostel.

If I had known then what I know now, I would have ...

Possibly done the same!

The greatest lesson of my career so far has been ...

Money isn’t everything. With the medical revolution going on we are going to live a lot longer than we realise. You will not only have a lot of time in the future but also multiple ‘careers’. So wasting my youth in an office working 70 hour weeks is not worth the one or two extra houses it could have bought me. 

My most impressive achievement is ...

Building an eco-resort on an island achieving my dream. It failed initially due to an architect ripping us off but having left it and come back a year later to turn it around is part of the achievement.

My most exhilarating experience so far has been ...

Our 2011 New Year’s eve party: 25 young guests, in rubber tubes, floating in the lake in front of the resort at 11:30pm. We didn’t know when exactly it was midnight because no-one brought a watch! People said that it was the best New Years of their lives. The positive effect that the resort and I am having on people’s lives is very rewarding.

My biggest unrealised wish is ...

I travel, I meet amazing people, create a lot of crazy things (coal BBQ on a native wooden canoe, tree-houses, floating breakfast tables etc) and generally have a lot of fun. So if I get hit by a bus (as my dad was last year) I would not have a thing left that I wish I had done. But since I’m now selling the resort, the challenge is what to do next!

Others say I am ...

Living life as it should be and next year they will give all up their corporate jobs and do the same thing!

At the moment I'm inspired by ...

Anna Hazare, an Indian social worker who has united India in the fight against corruption. Probably the first person to do so after Mahatma Gandhi.

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