"I was told that, while embracing the new was important, staying true to my roots, valuing traditions and standing up for what I believed in was just as important in life."
By Team ParentCircle
From an early age, my parents inculcated certain beliefs and values in me. Respect for the people around me, and for society at large, was of the utmost importance to them. They also constantly reiterated the value of hard work and unrelenting persistence as the only real path to success. I was taught to explore new ideas and think differently, as innovation forms the basis for growth. I was told that, while embracing the new was important, staying true to my roots, valuing traditions and standing up for what I believed in was just as important in life.
These learnings weren’t just taught to me verbally but became integrated in every aspect of my upbringing. Dinner table stories about incidents from my parents' past had a powerful impact in driving home these values. Watching my father do business, standing up against the Emergency, being a trail-blazer against all odds, and winning while standing by his beliefs – all of this contributed to my learning.
I would want my children to not only have the same values, but also be equipped to deal with today’s times. Self-driven growth, a collaborative outlook, cross-cultural mindset and great digital skills are all vital to being successful today. However, some learnings transcend time - my children need to know that life doesn’t offer shortcuts, and that humility, hard work and success are all co-dependent. And lastly, I’d ask my children to choose a career they are good at, because you can only succeed in that, not what others choose for you.
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