He used to drive in a car to takehis daughter all over India for competitions! When he ran out of enough moneyto support his daughter’s budding career, he relied on his determination andgrit alone. It all started one night when her parents were watching a Wimbledonmatch between Steffi Graf and Conchita Martinez and the conversation wentsomething like this, “Would you like to see your daughter play inWimbledon?" asked her father. And the reply was typical of a dreamingmother. "I will give my life for such an opportunity." The parentsdid exactly that and the rest as they, is history. This is the story of Imranand Naseema Mirza – Sania Mirza’s parents!
Awe inspiring, overwhelming & atruly remarkable story. Yet it’s a story of an INDIA more than a decade back.It is a tale of a time, when inadvertently so, parents typically didn’t lookbeyond the usual MBA, MBBS or an Engineering degree for their child to pursue.
That was then! A lot has changedover the years, in a new, inspired, and much more exposed INDIA. Over the yearswe have seen a huge shift in lifestyles and with it a change in mindsets,especially within the younger breed of parents who realize the importance ofhaving their child pursue his /her dream/talent which could be contrary to whatthey may have liked their child to pursue. Today, with the advent of realitytelevision shows, easier access to professional training across disciplines, itis relatively easier to encourage and nurture your child’s talent and helphim/her realize his/her full potential. The opportunities are there to be had!
But even so, aren’t you often facedwith the dilemma of figuring out how far you would actually go to help yourchild realize his/her dreams! Here are some questions that could help youdecode how you really feel.
- Would you be willing to take a 3 month sabbatical from work, so that you can go with your child to a professional training academy in another city or even another country?
- Would you be able to choose the pursuit of his/her talent above academics?
- Can you send your child to the best training academy in his/her field, even if that means staying away from him/her?
- Are you prepared to make the required financial commitment to ensure your child gets access to the best professional training available, even if that means taking a loan?
- Are you willing/or able to be the pillar of resilience and support as your child goes through the ups and downs which is the nature of discovery of talent?
- Would you be willing to live with the disappointment if your child was not to make it to the top for example?
- And last but not the least, do you believe whole heartedly in your child’s ability?
This is a tough journey to take nodoubt, and needs honest introspection by any parent who is willing to go downthis road. After all, champions they say are born only by walking through fire! Do you agree?