Most of us have grown up with a mindset that opportunities are limited. If not, our parents have ingrained us with this idea.
This is not the case in modern Sri Lanka and if our community is going to develop at any level of wholesomeness then we as the new generations need to understand this and work together.
When we see a good opportunity, we usually keep this knowledge to ourselves rather than sharing it. Instead of allowing the best person to succeed at the given challenge, we attempt to guard it for ourselves, not realising that the rest of the competition will eventually outweigh our efforts if we were not good enough in the first place.
Taken to an international arena, that means that not only we but our country loses out.
On a local scale, this is all too often seen in the level of tuition classes. When a friend of mine advised me to go to a particular Physics tutor, my mother was surprised. She told me that he must be a real friend because information like that was not commonly shared. I told her she was old-fashioned, that she grew up in a different time and that my peers did not act like that.
However, recently, a friend sitting for a medical exam told me that it was exactly that situation amongst her own peers. Students were unwilling to share their notes when another classmate had been sick, they will hide the best tutors for the same exam, they will even share incorrect answers and try to mislead other students!
Why stop other people from succeeding? Simply because you can put a name and face on your competitor does not mean that there is a bigger threat than some other unknown competitor who will out-do you.
At least if your fellow citizen, who presents a bigger challenge to an external competitor, is allowed the opportunity to rise, then our society as a whole benefits. Would we not want the best-performing students to be our future doctors rather than simply those who managed to get the best tutors?
Our land is full of amazing potential in its citizens that have simply lacked the knowledge about opportunity rather than opportunity itself. Share what you know and let the best citisen win.
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