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from: 05 . 09 . 19


Okoro was arguably the smartest person in his class (in the whole school for that matter) and he makes sure everybody around him knows it. In the history of his school, nobody has ever had A’s in all their final papers; they all get tripped up by Further Maths and the smartest students end up getting all A’s and one B. However, Okoro has shown signs that he will break through that obstacle, and all his teachers were confident he will be the first students in their school’s history to get all A’s. On the day of the Further Maths exam, all eyes were on Okoro; everybody knew what was at stake. Okoro looked calm and smiled cockily to everyone around; he had no doubt he was going to break the jinx.

Because of how arrogant and cocksure he was, Okoro barely spent any time reading the instructions; he just opened the question paper and started solving. At the end of the paper, he was positively beaming, and there was no doubt in anybody’s mind that he’d ‘smashed’ it. On the way back home, Okoro and his friends were comparing answers and alas, he got everything right; Okoro was on the way to breaking the jinx.

On results day, prizes were being shared for the best in every subject. As expected, Okoro swept it all, until it was time for Further Maths. When the Principal announced that nobody scored an A in Further Maths, Okoro was dumbfounded, “What?” he exclaimed, “I got every question right.” The Principal went on, almost as if he heard him, “Okoro, the student we hoped would get the A ended up barely passing the course, he scored a D.” A murmur rose in the hall; nobody could believe it. As soon as the Principal left the podium, Okoro was beside him, “There must have been a mistake sir, because I solved all the questions correctly.” “Yes indeed,” the Principal answered, “there was a mistake Okoro, it appears you didn’t read the instructions before starting, the instruction was, ‘Answer one question in section A, and all the questions in section B, for a total of five questions’, you answered five questions but rather than one question in section A and four in B, you answered four question in section A and only one in B. So, in the end, you only answered two out of five questions.” “The only reason you passed at all,” the Principal continued, “was because you scored the full marks in the two you answered.

“It’s better to be slow and careful in the right direction… be sure you are on the right path before you begin to take your steps.”—Israelmore Ayivor

The reason I shared the story of Okoro is to make it clear to you that an effective life doesn’t just mean getting it right in your own eyes; it means getting it right in the path that the Creator designed for you. Okoro did an excellent job of answering all the questions he attempted correctly and he was happy he provided full answers to the questions but he was largely answering the wrong questions. This is the same way many people are trying to live a full life but completely in the wrong direction. You need to know that you will not be graded on how many questions you attempted correctly; your grades would be based on the number of questions you answered correctly in accordance to the instruction of your examiner, who is your Creator. Why not imbibe the wisdom in the words of Israelmore Ayivor? Instead of rushing to take excellent steps in a wrong direction because you want to live a full life, reduce your pace and guarantee that you are about to move in the right direction before taking steps.

It is important to determine what the maker of your life wants you to do with your life and not allow the desire of a ‘full’ life give you direction in life. If you spend most of your life time answering the wrong questions correctly, you may think you have lived your life to the fullest but it may be late before you realize you have wasted a substantial portion of your life. For example, if your destiny is to be a business man but instead, you become a doctor because you just assume that being a doctor is what will help you maximize life, you may be a fairly successful doctor (just like Okoro was fairly successful in his exam), but you will not find fulfilment in that line of work, and you cannot make the impact you would have made on the world if you’d been a business man. In the bid to live a full life, be wary of making the mistake most people make; living a life contrary to the life the Creator destined. No matter how hard you try, you can never live effectively if you’re living the wrong life.

The reason you should be going to school is not just to make a living but unfortunately today, if you go to our schools and ask our young men why they go to school, most of them are going to tell you that the reason they go to school is to get a good job and good salary. The key to an effective life is that your reason for going to school to pursue knowledge is to add value to humanity, not to live for money. When you graduate from school, you should be able to provide valuable and unique services and goods to people such that you will be remembered forever. Therefore, the reason why you pursue education is for you to be able to provide some answers and solutions for the world that will redeem humanity from unnecessary suffering. The reason why you make much money is to empower you such that there will be no need you will not be able to tackle because you have the resources to do it at your disposal.

To be continued Tomorrow, don’t miss it!


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