Simplicity, Discipline & Dedication
"My father had the vision to know that verbal advice alone would not be sufficient to shape my value systems. He understood that the best way for me to learn was through hard work and experience."
By Team ParentCirlce • 4 min read
P R Ramasubrahmaneya Rajha
Chairman, Ramco Group
My parents believed in a simple lifestyle and total dedication to whatever they did. The advice I received from them has helped me to discipline myself, which is really an asset. Today, I feel that is the best asset my parents have given me. When it comes to business, my father taught me the importance of planning day-to-day affairs for effective follow-up, and selecting the right people, not just based on academic background but also on family background and values. I often realise the true value of my parents’ advice while practising it.
My father had the vision to know that verbal advice alone would not be sufficient to shape my value systems. He understood that the best way for me to learn was through hard work and experience. After I finished my college, my father insisted I start working as a labourer in Binny Mills. I was reluctant at first and was not happy. But, looking back, some of the most valuable life lessons I learnt was during this time. I understood the value of leading a life of simplicity while working alongside the workers in the mill. I gained a perspective that helps me to, even today, motivate my employees to perform at their best. As a worker, I learnt to be punctual, committed and responsible.
Instead of pampering me with all the luxury he could afford, my father actually made me endure hardships. He inculcated key values in me, very early, to become successful in life. For this, even today, I am very thankful to my father.
‘Listen to elders’
Today’s children are rather reluctant to take elders’/parents’ advice and think they know better than them. My biggest message to children is to listen to elders, and to value their advice and guidance. I give a lot of importance to punctuality and time management. I also pay attention to quality in business practices and truthfulness in every action. Never ever think of valueless shortcuts and unethical practices to succeed in life.