All Nonfiction Bullying Books Academic Author Interviews Celebrity interviews College Articles College Essays Educator of the Year Heroes Interviews Memoir Personal Experience Sports Travel & CultureAll Opinions Bullying Current Events / Politics Discrimination Drugs / Alcohol / Smoking Entertainment / Celebrities Environment Love / Relationships Movies / Music / TV Pop Culture / Trends School / College Social Issues / Civics Spirituality / Religion Sports / Hobbies
- Summer Guide
- College Guide
- Author Interviews
- Celebrity interviews
- College Articles
- College Essays
- Educator of the Year
- Personal Experience
- Travel & Culture
- Current Events / Politics
- Drugs / Alcohol / Smoking
- Entertainment / Celebrities
- Love / Relationships
- Movies / Music / TV
- Pop Culture / Trends
- School / College
- Social Issues / Civics
- Spirituality / Religion
- Sports / Hobbies
- Community Service
- Letters to the Editor
- Pride & Prejudice
- What Matters
Practice Makes Perfect
I began playing chess when I was five years old. Chess taught me a huge lesson: practice makes perfect. How I learned this? At the beginning of my chess carrier, I didn't practice for any tournament- even when there was a huge tournament. It took me very long too learn this lesson, because at that time I was very stubborn.
One time, my chess teacher persuaded me to prepare, practice, and study chess before a tournament, because the results weren't very good. I only listened too him because I wanted to play as good as he did. So I did practice. And you know what? That was the first tournament where I received a trophy! My first one!
Of course, as stubborn as I was back then, I believed it was good luck, and for the next couple times I didn't practice at all, once again. Of course, on the days of the tournaments, I was unsuccessful, again, like before. However, since not practicing was the easy way out, kept on going to tournaments unprepared. Only at one point I learned a lesson.
There was a US. Open tournament going on in the other side of the country. I didn't want to go, since the flight was a couple hours, and I simply hated flying in planes. But my brother mocked me, saying, “I'll get a trophy that is so big,” holding his hand up high in the air. And I knew that this was true- those trophies are huge. So I couldn't resist the thought of winning one.
As lazy as I was, I didn't fly prepared: unlike my brother. And guess what, he won a huge trophy, while I didn't even get close to winning one.
I thought about myself being “unlucky”. I had flown in a plane for hours, there, and then back, because I wanted a trophy, and not only I didn't win one, but I also got teased by my brother.
And from that moment and on, I stopped criticizing my bad luck for being unsuccessful- not just in chess, but in everything- and started blaming my lazy self. And that turned me from unsuccessful to more successful. This story happened to me when I was approximately eight years old.
At that point, I started believing that practicing and preparing maybe does make me capable of achieving more- after all, Kasparov practiced, too, and look how good he played. And from then on, I started studying hours at a time to try winning a trophy in tournaments. And from that point, I started winning trophies.
Today I have 56 trophies. Even though I still have to get fifteen more trophies too have as many as my brother has, I learned a important lesson from this experience: if your going somewhere where you care about being successful, practice. Because Practice Makes Perfect!
I'm sill not perfect, and not even close too that, so maybe I don't practice enough yet. But I'll keep trying, and never give up, which is another lesson that I learned through chess.
Even though this lesson I learned is very important, and guided me through numerous amounts of obstacles in life, I still have millions of lessons too learn (that is why I will never stop playing chess).