When I was a child, my mom often told me this, “If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope. If you are the vice president, you will become the president”. That quote gave me confidence to be somebody when I grew up.

When I was in Ghana in 2008, I always thought about the quote my mom told me. I used that quote to give me the boost I needed to strive for excellence. When I went to school there, people called me an ingenious person. I liked being called a nerd. The teachers said that I had a bright future coming up later in life if I kept on striving for excellence. One school day the teachers gave me this paper that offered me to get skipped a grade. I was ecstatic, and I could not wait to tell my mom. I got home and told my mom; she was happy about that offer. She said these words, “No”. I learned that life is not fair, and I now know that you can not get everything you want. I love the quote, “Life is not fair; get used to it”-Bill Gates.That tells us that we should stop complaining about life because it is not fair.

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“Why not mama,” Kenneth said.

“You are really smart, and I want you to complete the whole grade,” Mama said.

“That is not fair because I earned it and I deserve it,” Kenneth said.

“Life is not fair and don’t get an attitude boy,” Mama said.

“But…” Kenneth said.

“No buts” Mama said.

“Ok fine I will give up the opportunity of a lifetime,” Kenneth said.

I then came back to America, and my ambition was to get skipped a grade. I started to go to school, and I found it extremely hard to get skipped. I started to think “I should stop trying to get skipped because I can’t do it ‘’. I had a flashback to the time that my mom was telling me the quote. I then became confident, and I decided to be the best of everything I did. For example, Sports, Competition, Classwork, and more. In 6th …

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