Patience And Hard Work
"The key values I learnt from my parents are patience, hard work, sincerity, honesty, discipline and dedication. I still believe and practise them."
By Team ParentCircle • 3 min read
Padma Shri P T Usha
Sprint queen of India
The key values I learnt from my parents are patience, hard work, sincerity, honesty, discipline and dedication. I still believe and practise them. For me it is – ‘Patience first, work hard next and enjoy the rest’.
My parents used to narrate to me stories from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, with focus on characters like Arjun and Hanuman. I learnt a lot from that. They taught me how to behave in a group and how to be prepared always.
They played a very crucial role in helping me become successful in the field of athletics. My father (E P M Paithal), being a volleyball player, encouraged me to take up sports. The support he extended to me began from my primary school days and continued until his last breath. Speaking of my mother (T V Laxmi), she stood by me by taking care of all my needs. Whenever I sustained any injury, she used to take great care of me. My parents and my uncles (T V Narayanan and T V Sreedharan) always accompanied me to all my competition venues and wherever I trained. Their support during my heydays as well as difficult days is remarkable.
I’ve always taught my son to value the above qualities so that he will be a good human being. I also encouraged him to participate in sports - swimming, football and athletics. He is a football player representing his university where he is studying MBBS. I hope he has grown up with the lessons I learnt from my parents, which he will badly need in his medical profession.