aShademan

April 05, 2007

Quotes

Many good things happen to you when you don't care too much about them. Many good things happen to you when you least expect them.

Last term, I had a course with a heavy course work. The competition was tough and the instructor kept mentioning that he will sort the students and mark them based on their rank. If I am not mistaken, he also mentioned that a prefixed percentage of the students will get a low mark. All of the 40 students wanted to rank among the top and earn an A/A+. I thought that being in a tense competition with your fellow classmates was a counter-productive experience. I worked hard, but I didn't overkill myself for a high mark. I got an unexpected high mark at the end. One of my buddies, who consistently kept mentioning that he wanted to "kick ass" in the class, couldn't really understand why I didn't have his competitive attitude. I do possess a competitive attitude and like to put myself under different tests constantly. I just didn't feel that this competition was productive. Anyways, my buddy told me once that perhaps my success was a result of my easy-going attitude toward the competition in that course. That could be true, because every other time that high marks have been important to me (the instances are many), I have scored unreasonably low.

This term many good (non-academic and academic) things happened to me when I expected them the least. For personal reasons, I won't go through the details over a public domain.

But I wonder: Is there a rule that asserts good things happen when you least expect them or care about them?

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