Everyone goes through tough times, especially businessmen. They venture into unknown territories, face financial problems, natural calamities, death or the exit of a very important partner—all of which can strike at any moment.
A student of management once asked Chanakya an important question on this matter. And, in Kautilya’s Arthashastra, the exchange gives us a reply: “He to whom he may be dear, or he who may be dear to him—which one among these two should he approach for shelter?
Chanakya’s reply: “He should go to him he may be dear. This is the best course of seeking shelter.” (7.2.25)
We generally consider that, during difficult times, it’s our near and dear ones who will help us. And here, as we are going to ask them for help (shelter), Chanakya makes us think! “Are you dear to that person, or the person is dear to you? Only approach the person who considers you as dear to him, otherwise, you will be disappointed.”
What’s the difference? Let us see in detail: