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Fear for the Finish Line: Why it Matters All Through

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The finish line, as opposed to the start line, is the point marking the end of a racecourse. And that’s in the on-the-field athletic competition. Finish line also applies to education race, business race, family race and more.

No matter how good or bad we start that race; the room is still opened to make it better or worse.
Most people start well in life. Their parents and guardians have been so helpful. Nature has blessed them by genes.

Some parents and guardians have managed to cheat nature having found out that nature has not really favoured them and consequently the children. Such parents had chosen to create enabling the environment to support their children perhaps by following the professional recommendations.


These accumulated efforts have really pay off; bringing the best out of a child. The child becomes the best or one of the best in his class - he’s recognised by teachers and counterparts as academically unbeatable.

As time passes, such a child may end up using wrong nurture (usually acquired later in life) to break the chain which nature and early nurture had blessed him with. Such a child ends up among the wrong peers and environment where he accumulates new but wrong education which eventually leads him astray. Hence, a very good start ends at a poor ending.

It is a painful experience when you, after becoming successful in life, come across a childhood friend or mate, who, at your primary or secondary classes, you could hope will become a doctor, professor or scholar in the future, but ends up a thug or an irresponsible follow.

These kinds of scenarios are common around us.

We can mistakenly blame parents and guardians for this finish line anyway. Yet, there’s need to critically look into why, as most of these failed fellows can spare the parents of their failure.

This is because peer group influence, which parents and guardian may have little or no control over results into later-time poor academic performance or life outcome in general.

Even though we consciously or sometimes unconsciously walk the paths that take us towards (or apart from) the dreamed future, what we get involved with will EVENTUALLY make our journey either better or worse.

I was good in primary school, such that in each class from 1 to 6, I was made the class captain. But in the final year, I wasn’t as good as one friend who was made the senior prefect boy from another class. I was then given one of the less competitive positions – the assistant school janitor.

I didn’t like this but my friend deserved to be the senior prefect boy. Since there's nothing I could do about it, I gave in and did what I was selected to do.

But there's another thing I did. I promised myself that by secondary school, I would be my school's senior prefect boy.

Fortunately, I was in a school different from my friend’s. The two schools weren’t that far from each other though. Hence I was able to monitor him for awhile.

Even though he started well, he didn’t do well in secondary school. I didn’t know why. Seriously, I didn’t know - perhaps because I wasn’t that close to him those years.

But what I could say a few words about was that he’d been negatively influenced by friends. I knew some of his closest mates who were notorious as he.

As I'd promised myself, I became my school's senior prefect boy, the same year he was known to be the most difficult guy to play with at the other school. He occasionally fought his mates and teachers. You know what happened when you did that?

What a finish line?

Studies have attributed most successes in lives to “making up one's mind”. Decision! When I promised myself at primary six, what I did was set a goal. Ever since then, I use promising myself as a goal-setting strategy.

My position is, it's a good idea to challenge ourselves and compete with people who are better. How you started didn’t really matter, what matters is how you continue now, which may lead to a better or worse ending.

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