Cu­rios­ity: a mag­net that never fails

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - BRIDGE - Jnr Sen Tapiwa Bengewa Gokomere High School, Form 3

IN A hurry to exit the school li­brary, I flipped through the pages of a pop­u­lar news­pa­per, tak­ing a glimpse of the top sto­ries.

It was not a crime story, obit­u­ary, or po­lit­i­cal scan­dal that held my brown eyes like a vice but a con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sage.

The face that was pinned on the mes­sage had be­come familiar. What made the face familiar was not that I had had a face to face en­counter but through newspapers. ‘When win­ning be­comes a habit’, the quote that added adrenalin into my body. I wanted to know how, why and what made him to sit on the leather arm­chair he posed for the photo in. He dines with the archangels of our gov­ern­ment; his brother was a top-gun in the po­lit­i­cal arena.

Just like Zac­cheus who craved to know about Je­sus of Nazareth who had taken his Doc­tor Luke, Fish­er­man Peter, Matthew the Tax Collector with him, I ran a search on the in­ter­net. He is a man of ma­ture years but with in­cred­i­ble brains of a Rhodes Scholar. His house and of­fice are full of awards in­clud­ing the one he re­cently re­ceived. When he was grow­ing up, it is said he lived a life that just hov­ered above the poverty da­tum line. Cu­rios­ity made him sick of be­ing merely an ob­server of the good life than a par­tic­i­pant. His par­ents made sure that he did ev­ery level of ed­u­ca­tion.

He is a well learned man and truly knows his books. The man, on the ex­pense of his life, worked so hard, turn­ing ev­ery stone look­ing for the pot of gold. For­tu­nately, he found it, to­day he stands proudly among the best lead­ers of our teapot shaped na­tions` ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. The gift of lead­er­ship did not come on a sil­ver plat­ter but is a craft that has been chis­elled over the years. Cu­rios­ity can cat­a­pult you to even greater heights.

Cu­rios­ity is a zero pol­lu­tant fuel that burns in our mind to at­tain cer­tain goals. Ja­son Vutete once said, ‘Crav­ing for some­thing makes you stronger on the way to get it.’ If you re­ally want to achieve some­thing it means you are ready to risk ev­ery­thing. Suc­cess be­longs to risk tak­ers.

Pos­i­tive think­ing will let you do ev­ery­thing bet­ter than neg­a­tive think­ing will. Fa­mous Bri­tish states­man and or­a­tor, Sir Win­ston Churchill once said, ‘A pes­simist sees the dif­fi­culty in ev­ery op­por­tu­nity; an op­ti­mist sees the op­por­tu­nity in ev­ery dif­fi­culty.’

It is you who chooses which cal­i­bre to fall in. The man from the news­pa­per con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sage chose to be an op­ti­mist. The way you view prob­lems de­ter­mines who you are, where you are standing and head­ing to. You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream. Never let the past de­ter­mine who you are and where you are head­ing.

Plan­ning for the fu­ture can be suc­cess­ful by first as­sess­ing the present sit­u­a­tion. You can never solve a prob­lem with­out a formula. Make plans on how you will achieve your goals, even when there are no re­sources.

The man on the newspapers un­der­stood that re­sources are not lim­i­ta­tions. Heavy­weight cham­pion, Muham­mad Ali, once said, ‘What­ever the mind can con­ceive and be­lieve; the mind can achieve.’ If you be­lieve that ta­bles do turn, you can achieve any­thing beyond your own imag­i­na­tion.

Some say life is a wheel but to me life is like climb­ing a moun­tain, if you want to reach the peak push harder. Ev­ery moun­tain climber has his own meth­ods of reach­ing the top. You have to set up your own method that is pos­i­tive and does not harm the per­son next to you.

None of us will ever ac­com­plish any­thing ex­cel­lent or com­mand­ing ex­cept if we lis­ten to the whis­per that is heard by us alone. We have an in­ner man who has a voice. If we lis­ten to the voice in­side us, we get unique meth­ods to climb the moun­tain of life.

Have that de­sire to achieve more and to set new stan­dards. What I am very sure about is that if you do not pur­sue your own dream, some­one will hire you to help them pur­sue theirs. The man I saw from the news­pa­per is Great Zim­babwe Univer­sity’s Vice Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Rungano Jonas Zvobgo, who won the Vice Chan­cel­lor for 2016 award. Con­grat­u­la­tions Pro­fes­sor, con­tinue aim­ing higher.

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