Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities – Short Story

“Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.” – Dale Carnegie



Once in a university there was a boy named Terry.  He was the topper of his class.  He was always interested in reading, reading and reading…  One fine day, his faculty asked him, “Why you’re interested only in studies, not in sports?” Terry responded, “Well! It’s because the studies will give me knowledge, confidence, and of course, good marks.” The faculty laughed at him and said, “It’s good to score marks.  But if you don’t participate in sports it’ll affect you in a long run.” Terry was puzzled and asked, “Now what should I do?” The faculty saw Terry’s eyes and responded, “Well, nothing much to say. Just participate in the tennis game which is going to be held next week.” Terry said confidently, “Okay! That’s not a big deal for me.”


On the day of game, Terry gave a try.  He tried hard in his game and couldn’t win the match.  He decided to pursue only studies, instead of sports.  After a while his faculty came and asked, “What happened? Why are you not participating in sports?” Terry responded, “I tried, but failed.  Now I can’t play the game anymore.” His faculty was silent for a moment, and said, “If you’re thinking like that, then what the other students will think about themselves.” Terry was puzzled and asked with curiosity, “Why the other students have to think about themselves.  They were doing great!” The faculty smiled and said, “It’s not about the game.  In studies, you’ve practiced every day, learned new things, and got the best marks in the exam.  The other students are average and below average, and they may be feeling bad for not getting good marks like you.” Terry responded quickly, “It’s because, they mightn’t have put their best or not interested in the subject.”  The faculty said, “Exactly! That’s the same case with you too in sports.”


The moral of this story is that, everyone has talent in their own fields.  The only thing you should remember is to work hard regularly to achieve success.


M. Ganesh Sai

Founder, MGS Leadership Consultants, India



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