Academic excellence is overrated! Did I just say that? Oh, yes, I said it.
Being top of your class does not necessarily guarantee that you will be at the top of life. You could graduate as the best student in Finance but it doesn’t mean you will make more money than everybody else.
The best graduating Law student does not necessarily become the best lawyer. The fact is life requires more than the ability to understand a concept, memorise it and reproduce it in an exam.
School rewards people for their memory. Life rewards people for their imagination. School rewards caution, life rewards daring. School hails those who live by the rules. Life exalts those who break the rules and set new ones.
So do I mean people shouldn’t study hard in school? Oh, no, you should. But don’t sacrifice every other thing on the altar of First Class.
Don’t limit yourself to the classroom. Do something practical.Take a leadership position.Start a business and fail. That’s a better Entrepreneurship
Join or start a club.
Contest an election and lose. It will teach something Political Science will not teach you.
Attend a seminar. Read books outside the scope of your course.
Do something you believe in!
Think less of becoming an excellent student but think more of becoming an excellent person. Make the world your classroom!”
Olawale Hammed Mustapha.
ECB says: this is a great post that talks to the Nigerian students especially. Don’t miss out on all other interesting things of life just because you want to come out with a first class. The student on 4.2 and the one on 3.5 is still the same second class upper, how much more the second class lower student who beat the first class student in business while out of school. Its not all just about brains and academic, book competition. It’s about something much more. A bigger picture.
I hope you enjoyed the post. It has been a while but we still here! Ciao!