Vishal stood outside the auditorium and heaved a sigh of relief. He thought to himself. “I’ve been working hard all my life in school and I know that it always pays off and everyone expects me to achieve excellence this year. Instead of worrying the entire year about how I have to get the best result I should trust my ability and not cut out on other things in my life just to study. It is true what they say, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy“
Outside the same auditorium, Kishore stood with a different determination altogether. He thought to himself “I’ve been very casual about my studies throughout my life. This is an important year. I know I am not the brightest student, so if I have to perform well I have to work from the bottom up. I will work hard consistently throughout the year and I hope it will give me the desired results.”
So the two friends set out to achieve their goals with different mindsets. Kishore made a schedule and took all the efforts needed to follow it. Although this behaviour was a novelty for him, which made it incredibly hard to follow through, he tried his best and kept at it. As time passed, sitting at his desk and studying did not feel so bad. Over time, with more and more practice he not only learnt the concepts but also understood them.
On the other hand, Vishal, in his confidence and self-belief, didn’t change his schedule at all. He stuck to his usual schedule of studies and homework, extracurricular activities, outings and relaxing time, As the exam neared and the school year approached its end, Vishal began to realise how little time he had left to prepare completely for the exam. He had imagined his usual approach of learning at the last minute would suffice, but he hadn’t accounted for the large and diverse syllabus which was almost double of what he was used to studying during his previous years. All his usual approaches to learning, although right, still didn’t compensate for the extra time and effort that was required for such an important exam. As Vishal started realising how little time he had left, he started panicking and forgetting even the most mundane concepts.
The exams were to be conducted in March. In no time the dreaded month approached. Kishore’s hard work had given him the confidence that he knew all that was to come in the exam and that now he could revise a bit before the exams so that he does not have last-minute jitters. Vishal, on the other hand, realised it was too late to study everything. He was so busy through the year keeping himself stress-free that he was now a nervous wreck knowing how much of the syllabus was pending to study. He tried to make up for the lost time by pulling all-nighters but it only added to his miseries. The result was that Kishore performed really well in his exams and scored 91%. On the other hand, Vishal just scored 75%.
Disheartened, Vishal talked to Kishore. “You were right my friend, success not only requires smartness but also consistent efforts”.
Kishore patted Vishal on the back and the two friends contemplated their futures together.
It is indeed true “Slow and steady wins the race”