Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Children winning competitions in school become successful professionals or not?

One of the greatest risks of children winning competitions in school is becoming too complacent. You have to work hard to succeed and take advantage of the opportunities available to you.

One of my friends struggled with math and science throughout high school. He majored in engineering in college. Because he knew math and science would be an issue, he hit the books hard on those courses, and stayed on top of them.

Meanwhile, a lot of his classmates in his first year of college were high school valedictorians and salutatorians. They coasted through high school, because they were smart. Never had to study in high school, which meant they never learned to study. After three semesters most of them were gone. He was still there.

Another friend came across students who were good debaters in the College, College Union leaders becoming leaders and heads of institutions in their careers. Those who excelled and won competitions in music, drama and such cultural activities also became successful professionals in their lives. There is a saying in Kannada language (the local language of Karnataka State in India) to mean “that the sign of growth of a crop/seed in future is seen while the seed sprouts”. However, there are also successful people who missed their school/college education. The environment builds a student. One's hard work and dedication fetches fruits.

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