Suc­cess mantra jwala gutta Pa­tience, reg­u­lar­ity are a must for one’s suc­cess

This Ar­juna awardee feels that to­day’s young­sters need to de­velop per­sis­tence

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page -

Iwas in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing sports since child­hood and prac­tised gym­nas­tics, swim­ming and tennis. I was equally good at stud­ies and was a tomboy in school. I loved climb­ing trees, run­ning around and play­ing. My mother wanted me to take up bad­minton so I shifted my fo­cus to that sport. Af­ter I took up bad­minton, there was no look­ing back.

First achieve­ment

My first big suc­cess was when I won the se­nior na­tion­als, beat­ing Aparna Popat. Ev­ery­one recog­nised my ef­forts and I was hailed as a strong fu­ture star in In­dian bad­minton. That was the turn­ing point of my ca­reer.

Peo­ple I look up to

I look up to my par­ents. They have been the pil­lars of strength for me and have al­ways en­cour­aged and mo­ti­vated me to ex­cel. When I was mar­ried to fel­low bad­minton player Chetan Anand, he too never stopped me from play­ing and was a great sup­port right through. My coaches have also con­trib­uted to my suc­cess im­mensely. I also ad­mire tennis cham­pion St­effi Graf. She is very calm and com­posed off the court and when it comes to per­form­ing on court, she is very ag­gres­sive. She is a very hum­ble per­son and a won­der­ful hu­man be­ing and is a fine ex­am­ple of the fact that it’s im­por­tant to be a good hu­man be­ing as well as a cham­pion.

Cop­ing with set­backs

Win­ning and los­ing is part of the game and one should never lose hope. Com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to­wards one’s goal is what mat­ters most. Sports teach you to be strong in all spheres of life. When I feel low, I try to un­wind by sleep­ing, shop­ping, watch­ing movies or spend­ing time with fam­ily

and friends.

Mile­stones in my ca­reer

There have been many im­por­tant mo­ments in my ca­reer. Some of the mem­o­rable ones are win­ning the se­nior na­tion­als for the first time, win­ning a gold medal with Ash­wini Pon­appa in the Com­mon­wealth Games in Delhi last year and a bronze in the World Bad­minton Cham­pi­onships this year. My wins in the mixed dou­bles cat­e­gory with V Diju have also been spe­cial. An­other spe­cial mo­ment was when I was con­ferred with the Ar­juna Award last month. It is very rare that dou­bles play­ers are ac­knowl­edged at such a level and I feel hum­bled to re­ceive this hon­our.

I shifted my at­ten­tion to the dou­bles for­mat dur­ing my ini­tial play­ing years as there were very few play­ers to rep­re­sent In­dia and com­pete with the best of the best on the world cir­cuit. This also played a key role in shap­ing my suc­cess story. I now want to win as many tour­na­ments as pos­si­ble be­fore the Lon­don Olympics as prepa­ra­tion for the mega

event.

Tips for GenY

To­day’s young­sters want quick re­sults and are im­pul­sive. They must re­alise the im­por­tance of hard work and fo­cus to­wards one’s goal and must un­der­stand that one needs to be pa­tient and reg­u­lar in their ap­proach to­wards work. You need at least 10 years of ef­fort to­wards your goal be­fore you can ex­pect re­sults.

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