Recently I was going through the quora hosted by Bob Duggan. He answers questions on many things: on education, on business and several others. The first thing that impresses me is the simplicity with which he deals with the question. Once you go through the answers of Bob Duggan you instantly feel yes, this is the answer, the most appropriate solution. He is honest at the same time. For example, when someone asked if a college degree was essential to be successful in business he answers in negative and adds in a matter-of-fact way that he hadn’t one.
This honesty and simplicity can be seen in every aspect of Bob Duggan’s life. When he talks about plans in life he is very focused in his priorities. When asked by a reader on pursuing his sports skill versus the IT job he has taken up, Bob Duggan clearly says it is not always possible for us to pursue only the passion in life. If he has some responsibilities to fulfill he will have to concentrate on the job and make the experience enjoyable. Probably he can start a business relating to his passion. He himself has great love for sports but, at the end of the day, he runs a pharmaceutical company.
Again, when asked by someone if he could pursue physics when he failed twice for his PhD, what Duggan says is very important: he says, it does not require a piece of paper to work on physics. Thinking out of the box is what makes a person shine above others. Bob Duggan’s life is an example of it and he dares to share it with others.
When he took over Pharmacyclics it was not doing well. Clinical trials undertaken by the company failed and the company was lacking a competent leadership at the top. Bob Duggan took a dynamic view, convinced everyone to take to something new when a project was not working and then invested in something else that finally paid off. Imbruvica happened and it became an effective treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Now his dream is to develop some other patient friendly drugs. It is his attitude towards human life that drives him to address issues that are for the benefit of all of humanity.
The life of Buddha taught us to take care of the wheel of life (The Bhavachakra): every spoke of your life to receive equal importance. You should invest in personal, social and religious aspects of your life. You will have physical pleasures but will also spend on charity. Bob Duggan had everything in his life, but a personal loss took him to come out with a drug for brain cancer. And, then he supported Scientology and to date is the highest individual contributor for the religion. Bob Duggan, along with his wife have supported several programs that would be for the benefit of the society, in general. He is a strong sponsor of human rights causes and helps improve the level of ethics in our society. He believes with all our positive support the earth will be a better place to live.