You Never Know What You Can Do Till You Try
I have learned the truth of this proverb back in high school, and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that to a certain extent it determined my lifestyle afterwards.
At that time I wasn’t a straight “A” student, but didn’t lag behind as well – I was always in-between until this story. I cannot recall exactly what it began with, but I would be safe if I say that there was a contest in Physics between several local schools, including ours, but suddenly it turned out that the student whom the Physics teacher coached for the participation in it suddenly fell ill.
The Physics teacher had to replace him with someone and, somehow, choice fell on me, who didn’t understand a thing in this subject. My first impulse was to refuse, but then I thought better of it and decided to give it a try when assured that bad results won’t bring me any trouble.
When I arrived to the contest and received my task, my heart fell – I couldn’t make head or tail out of it, with the exception of one problem in which I managed to select the correct answer after trying them all one by one.
And not only did I do it correctly, but it turned out that I was the only person who managed to solve anything at all, which automatically made me winner and earned great respect from the Physics teacher. Since then…