Ranil Rajapakse

TWENTY-TWO YEARS AGO RANIL RAJAPAKSE TOOK A JOB THAT PROVED TO BE LIFE-CHANGING. HERE HE PONDERS THAT, HAPPINESS AND THE MEANING OF LIFE

What one word would describe you?
Holistic. I usually take a big-picture view of what I do.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My career, from small beginnings to leading one of the largest software companies in Sri Lanka

What is your greatest regret?
Not following my heart at times, and purely relying on facts and logic to define my life and decisions

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sitting by the beach watching a fiery sunset and sipping a cold beer

Given the choice of anyone in the world, who would you want as a dinner guest?
Right now, Yuval Noah Harari, as I’m reading his book, Homo Deus. Have a conversation around intersubjective
realities and intelligent design as a force of evolution

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
Family, friends, and being able to choose to
do what I enjoy

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
The ability to warp reality at times and make it what I want it to be is something cool to have.

Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
Buying a beachfront property and building a beach house with a sleeping porch and a deck for those great morning and evening views

What is your greatest extravagance?
My addiction to gadgets and cameras and upgrading to the latest models

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Spend less time thinking about doing things and take more risks in life

What was one of your life changing moments?
One morning 22 years ago, when one of my lecturers at University of Colombo spoke to me about the opportunity to join my current company when they were setting up in Sri Lanka

What impact do you want to leave on the world?
Make a difference in the lives of people through providing opportunities for growth and sharing my knowledge

What do you most value in your friends?
Openness and being able to talk about anything and being able to resonate with the rhythms of life shared in the friendship.