Essay 3 – Haste Makes Waste

Hey everyone! Here’s another one of my old essays, please give me feedback in the comments. Thanks and enjoy!

Have you ever done something poorly because you wanted to get it over and done with and looked at it and realized that it wasn’t good? I certainly have. My essays turn out the worst if I don’t focus completely on what I’m doing. (But don’t worry – I’m not doing this half-heartedly). That’s why I agree with the statement haste makes waste.

In golf, if you want to win a tournament, you have to be sharp and focused. But there’s more to it than just getting the ball into the hole. You have to think about what club to use depending on how far away the hole is, and once you’re putting the ball in you have to think about slope. All of your moves are aimed at getting the ball into the hole, and if you make one silly mistake, it can mess up your game. I’ve noticed sometimes that some players play golf half-heartedly – it’s almost like they’re thinking about something else or being too under or overconfident. I think that at the Masters tournament today, Tiger Woods was good at the beginning and catching up to everyone, (like he usually does) but then at the 16th hole it almost felt as if he had low self-esteem – which might be why he ended with a score of -8. At the 17th and 18th holes he didn’t do very well either, probably because of the low self-esteem and the pressure. Then again, you have to take into account that he recently had a knee surgery, so he’s still recovering from that. But I think that if he had believed in himself and taken a little while longer to concentrate on some of his shots, (especially the shot that went far off the green at the 17th hole) he might have been closer to winning. That’s why it’s better to slow it down and think it through, and to take it one step at a time. After all, you only have one shot at winning the Masters every year, so why not make it your best?

I can definitely relate the phrase haste makes waste to homework. Sometimes, you just really don’t feel like doing it. (Actually, I’m sure that everyone who has been through school has experienced that at one time or another). If it’s a beautiful day outside, you want to go and play sports and relax rather than doing more schoolwork – when you’ve already had a long and tiring day at school. So you sit with a pencil, your math textbook, and graph paper and hastily scribble down some answers about angle bisectors. When you check your answers at the back after you’re done, if you did it hastily while thinking about playing outside, chances are that most of them were wrong. This goes to show that even if you know about angle bisectors (or whatever it is you were doing) you were doing it half-heartedly. In my opinion, you might as well have not been doing it because it was a waste. Think about everything that you have to do as only having one chance to make it right – if you focus on it and put your all into it, then you’ve given it your best shot, and in the end, that’s what counts. So, try not to be hasty about things that you have to do, (like homework) because the more you focus on it and get it done quickly, chances are you’ll be soaking up the sun outside in no time.

In conclusion, I think that doing something well has a lot to do with focusing. No matter what you’re doing – writing an essay, playing golf or solving math problems – all of them involve concentrating. The more you go through life, the more you’ll learn that doing it well and quickly is better than doing it quickly and not doing it well. So, slow down – think it through and check for mistakes, because chances are you’ll finish it with fewer mistakes if you take your time. In a test, you only have one chance – in golf tournaments, you only have one chance – so live in the moment and turn that one chance into something spectacular.

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Essay 2 – No Pain, No Gain?

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It’s completely true that you can’t accomplish anything without going through some sort of pain. That’s why I agree with the statement, “No pain, no gain.” One example of this is getting your body into shape – it is painful, but you gain something out of it in the end. Another example is Nelson Mandela, who, even after many years in prison, re-emerged stronger than ever to fight against racism.

I’m sure that everyone wants to be fit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t just come with the snap of a finger. You have to work out regularly and improve your stamina. If you are quite unfit at the beginning, it will take a lot of pain on your part to improve your physical fitness – if running the extra few meters will make you fit, go for it! Also, if you’re inflexible for your age and you want to be more flexible, the best way to do that is to stretch. Yes, it might hurt at first and yes, it’s painful, but you will be able to do a lot more sports and improve your physical fitness by being flexible. You might be asking: What’s the gain? The gain is that sports make you happier throughout the day, improving your look, inside and out, helping you concentrate better, making you sleep longer as well as drastically improving your health, reducing the risk of getting diseases such as cancer, and making you live longer. Wow, that’s a lot of gain! That’s why pain is worth it – for imagine if you never exercised at all, never ran that extra few metres, and never stretched? You would be overweight, moody, and at the risk of getting major diseases (among many other reasons). I’d much rather be the first group of things listed above rather than the second – wouldn’t you? That’s why this is a good example of “No pain, no gain.”

Even though the things that happened to Nelson Mandela for most of his life were unfair, (namely being sent to jail for many years) he still fought on throughout the rest of his life. He didn’t give up, even though he was in jail for so many years – living on rations of food and wearing the jail outfit, he would get his friend to sometimes sneak in a copy of the local newspaper to him so he could find out what was going on in the world. In jail, he would be planning ideas for what he would do once he was released. Because he went through pain, it actually made him a more patient person. When he was released at last, he fought against racism and eventually became president of South Africa. Later on in life, he earned at least fifty awards – which is a great gain from the pain that he went through for most of his life in jail. If he hadn’t fought his way out of jail, he wouldn’t have become president of South Africa and definitely wouldn’t have won any awards. Even though most of his life was pain, the remainder of his life resulted in great gains that would make him famous forever. He might have been able to accomplish all of this without going to prison, but I actually think that it made him a better person.

In conclusion, nothing good can happen to a person without some pain. Some people might think that pain only happens to bad people, but in truth, it happens to every person who wants to make a difference in this world. That’s why you have to realize that nothing is going to hand itself to you – you have to work for it. And if that means going through some pain, it doesn’t matter, for if you work hard enough, you’ll definitely get some gain out of it.

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Essay 1 – Does the End Justify the Means?

I haven’t posted in a while, and I  need to change that. Recently, the debatable topic of “does the end justify the means” has been creeping its way back into my life again. Coincidentally, I found (while digging through my old work, of course) an essay that I wrote a few years ago debating that very topic. So enjoy, and please feel free to comment & give constructive criticism!

Topic: The end justifies the means.

The end does not justify the means. We are only justified when the means that we use to reach our goals are just as good as the end result. Some examples of this are murdering your father in order to acclaim the throne, the faults behind the 9/11 attack, and cheating on a test in order to get a good mark.

Have you ever read one of those 16th – century novels where there are dukes, duchesses, counts, countesses, kings and queens? Well, imagine yourself in that time. Think about how it must feel to be watching your father (say that he was the king at the time) and wishing with all your might that you could acclaim the throne. (Even though you know it won’t happen, because you’re a girl). Imagine watching your greedy brother murder your very own father. How would you feel? Would you think, Oh, it doesn’t matter because being a king is a great honour and it doesn’t matter what he did in order to become king. I’m assuming that this would not be the case. Most likely you’d be thinking to yourself: That’s terrible! How can he become king by murdering my father? That’s not just. He shouldn’t have the right to become king. Even though the people will accept him as king, everyone would know deep down that the way he got there wasn’t good at all. And they would pretend to like him, but continue secretly hating him in their hearts. For things like that can’t sneak away, even after many, many years unnoticed. If her brother had waited to become king, rather than murdering his own father to become king, then the means that he used to get to the end would’ve been better and the people would most likely have accepted him.

As you probably already know, Osama Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers in New York City. It must have been great for the Muslims that followed Bin Laden to have watched an American landmark go up into flames just like they had planned, so the end was good for them. Let’s think about the means that they used to get to that end. Suicidal pilots. Hundreds of people dying. In my opinion, those are not the best ways to reach a goal. Sure, they did what they wanted to do, but the way they got there was not good at all.

Any students caught cheating on any test/exam will receive a mark of 0 and the administration will be notified. Have you ever heard that statement before, or remembered something like it from your childhood days when you were at school? And, worst of all – have you ever given in to that temptation, the temptation to cheat on a test in order to get a good mark and make your parents ‘happy’? (That is, until they find out that you cheated, which they most likely will). Let’s think about what you did in detail. Your end was getting a good mark on the test. Okay. Sounds excellent! But what were your means? How did you reach that end? You cheated. Notice the opening statement to this paragraph. You got a good mark on the test, but does that really matter? No, not when you cheated, because you didn’t really understand the material – even though you got a good mark. That’s why even though the end was great, the means weren’t. And, in this case, that’s what matters.

In conclusion, I think that how you get to the end matters more than the end itself. Notice that in my very first example I’ve determined that if your brother murdered your father to claim the throne you’d be thinking that it wasn’t just. That’s because, even though he did something great and the whole court should be proud of him, he got to that high position in a bad way, so instead of everyone adoring him, they despise him. Not a good way to go.

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