Former Indian Test Cricketer, Cricket commentator and mentor to the IPL Franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, VVS Laxman was recently in Visakhapatnam to give an awe-inspiring talk session to the kids of Oakridge, one of the top International Schools in Vizag. The talk is part of the on-going ‘OAKINSPIREON talk series’ being conducted by Oakridge, where inspirational figures from different walks of life are invited to share their journey, struggles and in turn, inspire the kids to achieve their own dreams.
Laxman took the kids through his journey, his childhood and how he had to make a critical choice between pursuing medicine and becoming a doctor or to pursue his true passion of being an International cricketer. “My parents gave me 5 years to focus on my cricket and make a mark. If I was not able to make it by then, I would have to go back and do my medicine. I took up the challenge and worked hard to make it happen”, said VVS.
“Passion, Preparation and Persistence”, he said, were the three key mantras for achieving success in anything you do. “Having a strong passion for what you’re doing is very important. If passion is missing, the task in hand seems like a big burden. When you are passionate about something, you will enjoy doing every bit of it”, said VVS. He also told the kids on the hours of practice he would put in each day to make sure he is well prepared for the match and similarly encouraged them to keep spending a little time each day to prepare for their challenges. Finally, he stressed that ‘Persistence’ is the key difference between the successful ones and the ones who do not make it.
“It was so nice to see my idol in person at my school. Hearing him share his story has inspired me to work even harder towards my goals”, said an Oakridge student.
“The students were fortunate to hear from an eloquent speaker like VVS today and get inspired to focus on their Passion, do thorough Preparation and finally apply Persistence to realise their dream. Oakridge is proud in providing this opportunity to our students,” said Biju Baby, Principal, Oakridge International School Visakhapatnam.