Once upon a time, there was an eleven-year old boy. In order to keep the name of this boy confidential, I will just call him Philip. Philip was just a normal kid. He had no special powers nor a destiny to slay an evil dragon or something of the sort. He was just a kid who lived in Georgia with his parents and sisters. Philip had a perfect 4.0 and the highest GPA of everyone in his elementary school; nevertheless, he faced challenges going into J. E. Richards Middle School.
Rigor wasn’t the challenge that Philip faced, but it was his work ethic. School wasn’t a challenge for him, so all throughout elementary school, Philip lack a sense of competition. He’d never even thought about studying. Moving into middle school, he experienced things that he’d never experienced in elementary school. There were many people who made better grades than him. He still made all A’s so he was fine with this. He remained in the mindset that he didn’t need to study and that ...view middle of the document...
For the next few weeks, he studied for about two hours each week, but this steadily progressed until he started studying daily. Every once in a while, Philip would slip and stop studying, but now he knew that he needed to study to be successful.
Now let’s rewind back to Philip when he was just a nine-year old. This is the year that he first started playing saxophone, alto saxophone to be exact. He was the only saxophonist in his band of four people, with the other three being flutists. He had basic skills, with his range being from the low E to the high G, but he could only play the notes if the letters were written on the page. He could play basic rhythms consisting of whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes and his tone quality and articulation was awful. Nevertheless, Philip, being oblivious as usual, thought that he was a great at playing the saxophone, so he never practiced. He figured out that he wasn’t a very good player two years later, when he became fourth chair out of five even though he’d been playing two years longer than the other musicians; nonetheless, Philip still never decided to practice. He didn’t care how good or bad he played until three years later, when he joined the Bermar Marching Patriot Corps, the marching band at Berkmar High School. He wanted to become alto sax section leader as a sophomore, Woodwind Captain as a junior, and Band Captain as a senior. He realized that in order to do this, he had to prove himself to be the very best, so he started to practice at home and eventually start to love playing his saxophone.
Second semester of that year, Philip transferred to Brookwood High School. There, he was given an assignment to relate a “Law of Life” to his own life. After pondering this, Philip discovered that he could write on many of the quotes that were suggested, but none of them summed up his life in entirety. During his search, he found a quote by Santosh Kalwar. He stated that, “We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.” These sixteen words were a summary of Philip’s life in itself. He realized that every problem that he has solved has been because of a change in his mind. He realized that if he could change his thinking, he could accomplish anything.