Habits: Ragy Thomas, CEO and founder, Sprinklr

Someone I used to work for once said to me that "efforts don't matter, results do."

Morning ritual
It’s very brief. I wake up, drink fenugreek water, and have a cup of tea. Then, I take a shower, find my kids in the house, give them a kiss, and I’m out the door.

Required reading
There’s no required reading, just about five minutes with the Bible. Everything else is whatever I can find.

First website or app checked in the morning
I never disconnect from my email – it’s 24-7 – and that would come back as my number one thing.

We are in the social media engagement business, so I am constantly connected on all of my social networks.

First marketing job
Email marketing. My first gig was building an email technology platform for commercial email and that culminated in running a division of Epsilon called Epsilon Interactive.

Best career advice
I’ll never forget it. Someone I used to work for once said to me that "efforts don’t matter, results do."

That was it. That changed my life, and ever since, I have a compulsive outcome-based approach to everything.

Biggest surprise on your iPod or iPhone
I have very little time for music, but I listen to Bloomberg when I can in the car. The most distinct thing about my routine is the two-to-four-hour commute I have every day. Depending on the time of day, I’m in the car from three to five hours most days.

Most regrettable career moment
I wouldn’t do anything over. Some of your bad moments are what you learn from.

Proudest career achievement
What I am doing now at Sprinklr. We are going to create the first billion-dollar company in enterprise social media.

Ideal day off
I’ve actually forgotten what it looks like. It’s strange, but I love what I do. If I could change anything, I would squeeze more time out of it to spend with my kids.

Guilty TV pleasure
I’m on a no TV, no music diet.

Most distinct aspect of your personal office
It’s a statue I have of Buddha. I am big into meditation and breathing techniques.

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