I was quite a lazy student. But luckily for me, the way school worked was a good fit for my inclinations, and that convinced my younger self that he was a smart guy.
It was my second year at university, and I was still sure I could carve my way out of almost every exam just by being smart. I was sitting before my physics professor for the second part of the exam; the oral test.
Physics was not one of my favourite subjects, but the professor taught very well, and I managed to score a good result in the written test without studying much.
I thought I was doing quite well when he came up with a question that left me speechless. I had only a vague idea of what he was talking about, so I started talking hoping that, if I keep putting words out there, I could find a connection that works.
After a few minutes, he smiled and stopped me.
“You don’t know the answer, right?“
Before I could say something, he continues “You remember me when I was your age. You think you’re smart, and that that is enough to carve your way through anything. But let me tell you, at some point, you’ll have to put in some work. Better sooner than later.“
At that time, I paid attention only to the first part, and I took it as a compliment.
Later I realised that it was a wake-up call.
Having a gift is not enough.
We need to do the work to make that gift grow.
They say that you reap what you sow.
But that’s half of the story.
If you don’t water the seeds and take care of the plants every day, you won’t have anything to harvest.
You reap what you sow and take care of.