In life, winners are those that are resolute and pursue their goals, and losers are those that don’t attempt to make an effort at all. What is the difference between them? People consider winners to be super intelligent and losers to be really lazy, but this may not always be the case. Though brainpower plays a minor role in determining the success of a person, it is not just this factor that determines the success or failure of a person. The winners are those who work meticulously every step of the way and stay resilient even when they do not succeed. However, on the other hand, losers fall down, never to get up; they surrender before even meeting a challenge.
My dad, gifted with a photographic memory, preferred to live more idly rather than work hard for his future. Being the only son in the family, he was spoilt; all he had to do was go to school and study. However, as a high school student, he chose to spend his life outrageously by following other students’ ideals of drug use and parties. As the results, he was a drug addict and had to drop out of school immediately. Instead of choosing a better path by using his talents where he could be a well-known doctor, he squandered every chance of becoming someone great. As for my aunt, she wasn’t fortunate like my dad. She had to work and study at the same time. Based on our Vietnamese’s tradition, girls don’t need high education; we just only need to know how to cook and sew. So instead of being proud, my grandmother yelled at her for studying so hard; ignoring for the fact that she wanted to. Despite all the mistakes that she made during the way, she chose the path of diligence and succeeded in life where her brother failed.
My hand working aunt, through not a genius triumphed over my idyllic, smart dad. Throughout high school, my aunt studied into the wee-hours of the night. All my gifted dad had to do was look at the paper once, and he will remember everything. Instead of choosing to use his talents, he preferred to drink, smoke, and party all night while my aunt worked diligently at her homework. The life-style of my two relatives had different consequences. With all her hard-work, my aunt went to a well-known university, graduated with high honors, and became a respected doctor in Vietnam. Even with his extraordinary brain capacity, my dad ruined himself by partying and having fun rather than exerting effort for his future. These two people, growing up in the same family, chose different paths-hard-working versus laziness-showed how different the results would be when one works hard instead of slack off.
Though intelligence would make the road to success easier, it is the hard-work and resilience that triumph out in the end. My aunt and dad’s experiences have helped me see the differences between the rewards of trying hard and the consequences of slacking off. Knowing the different result-of trying hard, which usually ends in a great life versus not trying which leads to complete, utter failure-everyday I assiduously strive to do the best job in my capabilities instead of only exerting the minimal amount of effort possible. Armed with this view, I consider winners to be those that play all the cards they are dealt in life in an outstanding way, taking up all challenges logically, and not fearing to get up after failing. On the other hand, losers are those disinclined and lack the courage to try again or work hard to achieve their goals. Hard work and perseverance define the difference between the losers and winners of life.