“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied ourselves to the task at hand.”
– Vince Lombardi
Win or lose – that’s the game of life. Like a two-sided coin, we might either fall on the winning or losing side. No one, however, can deny the thrill of winning and the dampening feeling of losing. No matter what side you fall on, the important thing is never to stop trying to be better, to never give in to the temptation of quitting but to do whatever it takes to keep going. The competition is about outliving our previous success or failure; it is all about getting better than ourselves.
Here’s our good news review to encourage us to always stay motivated, whether we win or lose, because every idea is unique and every dream is relevant.
Emerging as the third place winner for Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship hosted by Certiport in Anaheim, USA, is 16-year-old Katherine Eta, a student of Childville School, Ogudu, Lagos State. For a competition that had over 560,000 candidates who applied and having to compete against 156 other finalists from 49 countries, Katherine’s achievement is tremendous as she turned out to be the only African student to win a medal in the competition.
Two grade six pupils of Nambour Christian College are making the news as young inventors who converted their passion and research into something remarkable. 11-year-old Luke Rippingill, through his love for dogs and during the course of his research, discovered that too many dogs die or suffer from heat stroke so he invented the ‘Coder Collar’ – a hollow solar-powered dog collar that helps dogs thrive in hot conditions. 12-year-old Allisha Skeen was inspired to create a ‘Fish Plant’ – a self-cleaning reusable water fish tank through her research on sustainable ideas based on plants online. They both submitted their entries to Origin’s littleBIGidea giving themselves a chance to win a trip of a lifetime to visit the NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA.
Finally, another winning team is the Synapto team, a seven-member team, all sophomore at the A-James Clark School of Engineering who won the top prize of $20,000 at the 2017 National Institute of Health Design Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge. The team, whose invention was a portable, low cost electroencephalogram (EEG) device, has not only contributed immensely to the field of engineering but also to human health research. The invention is a special headset that create a device which triggers sounds that can detect brain wave changes. The device can be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s before its symptoms are evident.
Our doubts contribute to the things that hold us back when it comes to winning or losing, but in whatever we do, we should learn to give it all our best and not listen to our doubts and fears.
Image from Single Black Male.