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It’s that time of the month again, the time of the month that this blog dedicates to recognizing brilliant minds from all around the globe. Last month, we featured a young author and poet. This month, we’re featuring a man named Rolando Gapud. Rolando isn’t nearly as young as the “successful youth” that we featured in our last brilliant minds issue, but he is certainly just as, if not even more, brilliant. As a a Filipino businessman and current Executive Chairman of the Board of Del Monte Pacific Limited (DMPL), Gapud aids his business in their efforts to cater to today’s consumer needs for premium quality, healthy food and beverage products.
Rolando Gapud has been a driven and achieving person since he was still attending school. In 1961, Rolando Gapud graduated with honors from Ateneo University in Manila, Philippines, where he received his B.A. in Mathematics. In 1964, he received a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During this crucial time period in his life, he researched management theory in depth and went on to publish a book titled “A Measure of Information System Efficiency”. Through his research and writing efforts, he has become a businessman and author that has touched the lives of millions of individuals from around the world.
According to Gapud’s website, he makes regular large contributions to his community and surrounding communities. Through the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Del Monte Foundation, Gapud has contributed to the development of effective leaders in our society and provided housing, schooling and medical services to all 5’000 employees and their families of the Del Monte Foundation, as well as aiding in the development of the company’s pineapple operations in the Philippines, which happens to be the world’s largest integrated pineapple plantation, encompassing 23,000 hectares.
Rolando Gapud does his part to support his family, his neighborhood, his community, his country, his work industry, his company, and individuals that inhabit the world in which we live in today, on top of the future generations that will benefit from his advances in science, technology, and management techniques. Honestly, it’s impossible to write a series of “brilliant minds” without including someone with this type of ambition. He may not be a “successful youth”, but he is a major reason that our future youth will be successful, just like businessmen and women before us are a major part of the reason we’re currently as successful as we are. He inspires change across multiple generations, and after all, that’s exactly the spirit that this blog attempts to encompass.
If you’d like to learn more about Rolando Gapud, just visit his website: http://rolandogapud.com/
It’s a beautiful thing…seeing a child holding a book. It’s an even more beautiful thing to see that a child is interested in writing a book. We’re living in a world where technology is taking precedent against paper-bound books. That’s not necessarily a bad thing…human advancement is something incredible that should certainly be celebrated and encouraged. However, real, honest, diverse, traditional, literature is a culture that binds people from all corners of the world together…and it is slowly dying. Every day, more and more children are born that will not be forced to read “Tom Sawyer”, “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”, or “Goodman Brown” in English literature class on a standard paperback novel. Each day, we are seeing more and more young people raise a questioning eyebrow to their peers that faun over the distinct smell of a bookstore and a coffee shop. So, I’ve decided to go on the hunt for young people around the world that understand and appreciate these simple pleasures. Not only that, I’m looking for young people who celebrate this traditional literature culture! Young readers, young authors, and young book club members…I’ll be featuring them here. I’ll let their stories do the inspiring and their own words do the teaching.
Today, I want to feature a young (15-year-old) girl named Zuni Chopra. Zuni is a young author living in Mumbai, India. She has written 2 books of poetry, and she is in the process of publishing her first novel. She has a passion for fantasy and literature of all kinds. She gives her Twitter followers a small bit of advice to battle writer’s block: “If you care about it enough, it will get finished”. She is the picture-perfect example of perseverance and unpredictability. “I don’t know what I’m going to have for breakfast tomorrow morning, so I don’t know if I’m going to keep writing”, she states. This is a unique bit of wisdom, unusual to find in someone so young. No one truly knows when they will lose their desire to write, or if they ever will. By knowing this, and embracing the fact that you’re unsure what tomorrow will bring, you’re more motivated to complete your tasks today.
Zuni has become an author at only 15 by publishing the novel “The House That Spoke”. Readers seem to have no complaints regarding the teenager’s talent. “Reading Zuni’s book was like experiencing all the seasons of Kashmir in my own home” – Masood Hussein. She’s certainly a girl with her head screwed on straight. “Keep in mind, not everything you write will be of value, and not everything you have of value will be written.”, is another piece of useful advice she has for all of the aspiring young authors and readers of the world. Benjamin Franklin once said: “Write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”, Zuni has followed this advice, leading one of her readers to say “Just finished this wonderful book by 15-year old Zuni Chopra. The House that Spoke: 232 pages of sheer delight.”!
Follow Zuni Chopra on Twitter for more literature inspiration.