Do you know anyone who was the last in something but ended up as the first in it? Many times, I have seen this happen. Many times, the last has become the first. I have had occasion to work with young people who come into broadcasting on the last rung but work their way to the summit.
A child who is the last in class can become the first.
A child who hails from a most wretched family can end up at the top of the social ladder in the country.
A child who has no signs of leadership qualities can end up as the topmost political leader.
A child who shows no indication of business talent can become a leading business magnate.
A child who is the last in language in school can become a great novelist.
This is great news. Ironically, while this is possible, it is also possible for the first to become the last; which is not the wish of anybody.
How does this happen? And what makes this happen?
Determination, hard work, persistence, are among the determining factors; and to this list could be added focus, courage, faith in oneself, and prayers.
There are people who give up the moment they find that circumstances do not favor them. If they are last, the remain last. They accept their position as last. They resign to it. To them, there is nothing they can do. They lack ambition and determination.
There are other people who take every obstacle they find on their way as a challenge and resolve to turn it around. As commonly said, they resolve to turn their stumbling-blocks into stepping-stones. Most often, those who take this decision and throw their weight behind it succeed.
Actually, a clever person who is behind will work harder to catch up with those ahead instead of giving up. A runner who is behind in the race has to put in more energy than the one who is ahead. Often, many who are ahead sit on their laurels, taking things for granted; while those behind are putting in more energy. The result is soon the extra effort by those behind pays off and they see themselves ahead.
Many times we have seen a football team that is down in the first half coming on very strong in the second half, equalizing and winning. What happens in such a case? The players on that side fight harder, knowing that they are down. They put in their maximum while the other side is sleeping on their advantaged position.
Anyone can apply this strategy to go from behind to the top; or if they are last, to become the first.
Take anything that you are last in now, and use this method to become the first. If you are very poor now, use this technique and become the richest person you know. If you have not been doing well in academics, use this same method and become the best student. If you are a poor writer now, use this same method and become the greatest writer. Whatever your field, if you are not shining in it, use this same method and become the best in it.
Of course, everything will not work out perfectly because you are determined. You might get poor results a lot of times; discouragement and frustration. Persistence must then show its head; and there will be moments when you will have to be courageous to take decisions or action.
Prayers can work miracles. Employ prayers as your permanent partner to work the magic for you.
The truth is many people who are in low level positions at this very moment will rise to the top tomorrow; and many who are at the top now will drop to the bottom tomorrow. The choice is yours. It all depends on what you do. If you are down and want to get to the top, the tools you need are there. I have given the key ones here. Use them and realize your dream.