By Chishimba Malisawa
During my school days, I spent nine years at the same school. From grades one to nine, I was at Kasumba primary in Mufulira. I annexed the number of years any ‘normal’ scholar would spend at a Zambian school and I probably thought of myself as the ancestor of the student creed during my ninth grade.
I guess I stayed there long enough to receive the smart kid sentiments from my teachers. I seldom raised my hand to give an answer during my final years there. I bluntly sat, waiting for the teacher to fish me out – whenever a question was paused. And they did point at me, as often as Harrison Mwenda is now sharing insightful posts (daily).
And so, I developed that culture of relaxing and waiting for questions to be thrown at me. I grew up to wait for someone to notice me first, I became too humble, too timid, too patient; always expecting to be pointed at before I would act, to be pushed in order to breathe.
That stretched to my following years of school and beyond. I always waited for a pointer, for a green light, for a push.
I thought I was being humane, careful and girly when I sat and waited for someone to award me a platform. I waited for an extraordinary moment to showcase myself. Always
When a baby is born, it’s the parents we congratulate, we greet the mother with passionate admiration for her courage to ‘PUSH.’ Never at all do people congratulate a child for being born, they were the ones given a push, we present admiration to them that made the push.
When God cursed the world, the order of birth of any successful thing was by pushing. And the world code hasn’t changed ever since. You only get there by pushing. You only birth greatness by pushing yourself!
Being too humble is not humility, it’s mostly a lack of self-esteem. Always finding pleasure in the background is not always a noble gesture, it oftentimes entails fear of standing out.
It’s true that people who always push themselves often have less to offer but what’s more accurate is the fact that they soar more and better than the humble know-it-alls or intellects.
The world today is competitive, the only way you stand out, is by standing up.
Being timid is not a show of feminism or being girly; it’s an indication of lack of confidence or something to offer. Hence, people will prey on you.
The only way to succeed in a grey world, is to wear red.
Don’t just find satisfaction in making a living. Dare to be great. Greatness isn’t often found in graduation but by the execution of graduated ideas.
If you can’t push yourself, you don’t have confidence in what you can do. No two ways about it.