Life is a product of personal responsibility (David Oyedepo).
In the third term of my fifth year in high school, I was nominated as the lead house prefect (with two other assistants). A year before this, I got the prize for the best student in Government. Five years before this, my name would never have come up even if 100 names were shortlisted. My academic performance was at best average. Let’s just put it that I was least unlikely to succeed. I didn’t have anything that stacked up as “special”. Such position as the House Captain was reserved for those with special talent or skill. So how did I become the House Captain? How did I become a prize winner?
Year four (SS1), I resumed school with other scholars. Still quite unsure of what I wanted to become (although I knew Science wasn’t for me), I picked up and filled the form to go to commercial class. All my friends from JSS class enrolled for science (one or two changed their minds later when the heat pressure was unleashed). I remember the utter surprise on the face of one of my friends who had helped me collect the script from our first CA test. I cleared the test! I finished my commerce textbook which was meant for the entire SS class in a term. I applied my mind like never before. While I cannot honestly with every certainty say what exactly drove me to do some of the things I did, I am sure it wasn’t just happenstance. However, at the risk of sounding religious and superstitious though, I reckon that there was the interplay of the invisible divine hand of a force higher than I. But at a very fundamental level, I showed up for success. It was not an accident at all.
I would love to ask my predecessor House Captain why on earth he considered me a viable option to take over from him but until then, I would love to think I struck a deep soulical chord within him that made him trust me. It began from waking up earlier than he (the leader) would to get the job done. I woke the juniors up early in the morning and supervised them (with the help of a few of my willing colleagues). My House Captain naturally gravitated towards me. The result was that he empowered me. It could possibly amount to having schemed my way to becoming the House Captain but it was a case of stepping up to success. I saw a need and filled it. I was deliberate to the very end of the line. What is that need that you can fill? Who is that person you can earn trust from?
Go. Show up!
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