I wondered each and every day what I could have done to earn such favour, to be the best student in the country across several subjects, and I never found anything that made me deserve such an honour. I’m aware that there were students that put in more effort than me, however, I came to the realisation that it was all by God’s grace.
As I look back to my years in secondary school, I believe the most important factors to my success were diligence, discipline and respect. There are so many other things I could attribute my success to but I believe that these three traits shaped my character in such a way that all I longed for was to be better.
I say diligence because truth be told, I may not have been the brightest or the wisest in my class, but that never had an impact on me. People had their opinions of me and I had my own opinions of who I was. This way I could work hard and the only expectation bearing upon me was to reach my full potential, which was my ultimate goal.
Discipline helped me prioritize the things that would allow me to reach my goals. I remember that often times, I would plan my days and study timetables, but lack of discipline would always leave me fire-fighting, but when I started following my timetables strictly, I would find myself with ample time to even enjoy my hobbies. The exciting part of being disciplined is that you exceed your targets and reach heights that you’d have never imagined.