“Consistency is success” by Muhammad Usman Ashraf


“Consistency is success”


Being Pakistanis, a nation of more than 180 million people, 1st Muslim and 7th world nuclear power, 2 times cricket champions, 4 times hockey champions, 16 times squash times, 2 times snooker champions, won Nobel prize twice and countless achievements in every walk of life yet here we are having no clue about what is to come of our education policy. The dilemma is not the ups and downs in democratic roots of motherland. Its consistency, as a nation we lack it.

I was not as bright in my school life as my other cousins in family were. They did matriculation when there used to be board exams of 9th and 10 separately. They scored more than 85% in 9th and nearly 90% in 10th. When I was up policy was changed. I had to give SSC examination combined i.e. both 9th and 10th in one year. I scored 78%. So the perception built by everyone in and around the family was obviously they were more intelligent and brighter than me. That shook me and made me think that all of us studied the same school, am I somehow mentally weak. After HSSC, when I applied for engineering universities they did the same. They ended up in some private university so am I. After an year or so I will be called an Engineer but so will be them. No one is ever going to ask me when I will be at some interview table “How much marks you got in matriculation ?” But what that certain time period did was induced a sense of instability and inferiority complex.

The legend majority of us read or heard in our childhood of Robert the Bruce and the spider. One rainy day, Robert the Bruce lay in a cave, listening to the rainfall outside the cave entrance. He was tired and felt sick at heart, ready to give up all hope. It seemed to him that there was no use for him to try to do anything more.
As he lay thinking, he noticed a spider over his head, getting ready to weave her web. He watched her as she worked slowly and with great care. Six times she tried to throw her thread from one edge of the cave wall to another. Six times her thread fell short.
                “Poor thing!” said Robert the Bruce. “You, too, know what it’s like to fail six times in a row.”
But the spider did not lose hope. With still more care, she made ready to try for a seventh time. Robert the Bruce almost forgot his own troubles as he watched, fascinated. She swung herself out upon the slender line. Would she fail again? No! The thread was carried safely to the cave wall, and fastened there.
                 “Yes!” cried Bruce, “I, too, will try a seventh time!”

And to this very day, the victory and independence of Scotland is traced to a spider who kept trying again and again to spin her web in a cave and inspired the king of Scotland, Robert the Bruce.

I was taught this story the same way many of you would might have but what I did in that specific time period when odds were against me was to remain consistent. I did what I was taught best that is to do hard work. I did and did, and it got me in an engineering university where I am going to reach the finishing line the same way as my cousins are going to be. May be they are a little ahead of me but after all reaching the milestone matters and I am surely going to make it. If you are doing something and failing, you are not necessarily doing it wrong. Do anything with your heart. It may seem difficult or tiresome. You may not be able to see the results instantly but trust me keep on doing it you will not regret it ever because consistency is success.


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