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Someone who succeed against the odds

 
Many people have achieved success through hard work and perseverance. But for some, success is harder to achieve because of unusually difficult circumstances and problems. Yet there is one person I know of who succeeded in spite of great obstacles. He is my classmate and dear friend, Lokman Hussin.

Lokman or Man as he is affectionately called, is a pleasant-looking boy with a cheerful smile. He is also a very intelligent boy. He can solve Mathematics problems faster than most of us. He has a fantastic memory and can recall important historical dates and events easily. He speaks well and always scores distinctions in essay writing. The only area in which he does not outshine us is sports. The reason is because Man is blind.

Man's physical disability is a serious enough problem but there is yet another problem that makes his life even harder. Man's parents also suffer from impaired vision. They are unable to work, and so they live from hand to mouth. You might think that in the face of such odds, he would have very little hope of getting anywhere in life. But no. Man is not the sort to give up easily.

Man's quick mind and hard work enabled him to do well in his studies. Our teachers saw his eagerness to learn and do well and they went out of their way to help him. Such hard work and determination can have only one result and that is success. Man was one of the top scorers in the SPM exam last year. He received a sum of money as a reward and better still, he got a scholarship to study in the best university in the country. His parents were invited to the award ceremony where the Minister of Education made a speech praising Lokman for his wonderful achievements. Man's parents shed tears of joy and the entire school rejoiced with Lokman on his success.

It is Man's ambition to become an economist and to serve the country at the National Bank of Malaysia. All of us are confident that he will achieve his goal because whatever the odds, Man has the courage and determination to overcome them.

     
outshine   do better than
     
live from hand to mouth   have just enough money to live on
     
went out of their way   did more than normal
     
 
 
 

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