How Association Determines Your Ability to Be a Top Scorer in School
“If you want to be a top scorer, hang around top scorers”
One of the major things that determine what you become in life is the company you keep. Your friends matter a lot. Many a students have the zeal for academic excellence but the company they keep is heading in the opposite direction of their desire and goal.
Top scorers have got this right, that if they must beat the record, they must associate themselves with people who are willing to beat the records as well. If are reading this article now, then I want you to stop and think of all your friends that are not adding value to your academic life. QUIT THEM, after all, everybody must not be your friend. Anyone that is not going in the same direction with you should not stay in your life because they will only serve as obstacles to the achievement of your goal. It is a pity that many students who have the zeal for excellence after registering in a tutorial center for JAMB or WAEC go in there and forget what their original purpose is. Don’t let your case be the same. People may criticize a center but that doesn’t stop you from making a difference. Remember, “No matter how bad the people in a place may be, there will still be good people. Seek them out”.
The bible says “IRON SHARPENETH IRON, SO DOES ONE MAN SHARPEN ANOTHER”. The popular saying never gets outdated “Show me your friend and I will tell who you are”. In other words, if they are top scorers, your case will not be different. Moreover, birds of a feather flock together.
The truth is plain and cannot be covered, we become like those we associate with. No one comes into your life and leaves you the way he or she met you. We all are bundle of influences; anyone who is not increasing you is decreasing you. Therefore, make the right choice of friends. Surround yourself with people who are going to lift you higher. You gain nothing by being with people who are just the way you are; you will only encourage one another in mediocrity. But let your association be with those who are more excellent than you, your scores will have no choice than to move from poor to excellent.
The destiny and academic dream of many students have been ruined by bad association. Beware of who it is that hangs around you because they influence your thoughts, your words, actions, your reading potential and your scores in exams. My dear, it has been ‘if you cannot beat them, join them’. That is the worst advice you can ever receive from anyone. “IF YOU CANNOT BEAT THEM, NEVER THINK OF JOINING THEM”. It is better to be alone than in a wrong company. Can you just think of those who top your class in class work, test, exams, and oral answers during classes? Check out their friends and decide where you are going to belong.
Here is one of the major secrets in academic association; you keep company with those who have the same academic vision and dream with you. You don’t have a dream of studying electrical / electronic engineering while your reading partners are students that want to study Civil Law or Accountancy. You will be stuck with your physics problems without any form of help from them no matter how brilliant they might be. This is because; they have little or no knowledge on that subject area. So, let your reading partners be those who are good in the subject areas you are going to sit for in these exams.
Remember, you cannot travel with successful men and remain a failure.
Finally, on this secret, let these words below keep ringing in your heart. “You must constantly ask yourself: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me watching? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going and what do they have me thinking? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that Okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. Note: your best friends are those who bring out the best in you.
Referenced Work – “The 15 Secrets of JAMB and WAEC Top Scorers E-book” by Ajah Excel Anayo
Courtesy – Nigerian Scholars Team
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