When I got into the university, I had this unforgettable experience. Every night, I saw a few groups of students going to read. They would leave their hostels around 9pm and return by 6am to prepare for lectures.
We all admired them. As they walked back to the hostels every morning, people would shout ‘Genius!’ ‘Brain!’ ‘Your head is so hot, it’s on fire!” One day, I decided to join them.
That night, with my bag full of books, I walked to the largest hall used for overnight reading. I moved quietly to avoid disturbing the students reading inside. But when I entered the hall, my jaw dropped!
Many students were fast asleep. Some even brought mattresses and pillows along and slept until morning! Others were watching movies, conversing loudly and playing video games. I was somewhat disappointed!
I just walked quietly to a desk in the corner, lay down, used my bag as a pillow and slept off. The next morning, as I walked back to my hostel looking tired, what were people saying to me? ‘Genius!’ ‘Brain!’ ‘Your head is on fire!’ For Sleep I sleep.
Sometimes, imitation can lead to limitation. What works best for someone else may not work for you. Investigate before you emulate. Learn from others but discover yourself and build your own way of life.