The auditorium was packed. Kids of all ages were shoved in there to watch a knowledge-based competition.
Select few participated in the game, while the others watched and cheered. Well, at least those who were not falling asleep, of course.
The competition was tight, but all of a sudden, I found myself in the final two for my age group.
Throughout my formal education, I have done pretty well in terms of grades. In primary school, there was me and two other kids who would consistently get the best scores. Sometimes it was they who did better, sometimes it was me.
Most of the time it was them, though.
So you can imagine how I felt when one of them got knocked out of the competition sooner than me. The game could have ended right there and then. That was the person who was assumed to be the smartest.
Joy overpowered me. (Yes, I can be a rather competitive person.)
But at the same time, a hint of fear danced around me. I was standing face to face with the one whom I considered “second smartest”.
That was it.
Even though our grades were pretty even, somehow I knew that all the other kids were certain of my competitor winning. In fact, I was pretty sure of that myself. There was just no way.
Until the last round of questions came.
They did not know the answer to their question.
It was my chance.
“But, if they did not answer their question, what makes you think that you will be able to answer yours?” – a voice in my head asked.
The question came and I breathed a sigh of relief.
I knew the answer!
Yes, I won.
That was the first time I won anything.
What is the conclusion? No, it is not to brag, but to remind you that no matter how the odds are stacked, you should still give it a go.
YOU need to be the one to decide if you win or lose.
DO NOT let others make that decision for you.
Do you remember the first time you won something?
Have you ever won anything?
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