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A Cool Wolfgang Mozart
A Cool Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

By Ian Munene, Moringa School Student

One of the common characteristics child prodigies have is the exposure to their trade at an early age. However, this is not the reason behind their success. Their expertise can be attributed to hours and hours of unending practice. By the age of ten, they usually have so many hours of practice under their belt that success has no option but to chase them. Some of these prodigies include: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart a prolific and influential composer, Ludwig van Beethoven a world renowned German composer and pianist among many others. They all have something in common being the level of influence they had on the music classical era. Mozart is known to have composed from the age of five being already proficient on the piano and violin. Beethoven’s tutelage also began at a very young age by his father. At age 30, he was already a widely renowned composer.

Why am I discussing fields with little or no connection to programming? I am making the point that to be really good in a field, you have to put in the work. I know it has been said time and time again but many take this for granted opting for shortcuts that will get them to the destination fastest. The path to the destination is the key to becoming the best you can be. In the past few weeks, in between the frustration and anger (am still in this stage btw) and sleepless nights, I have the feeling that I am on the right track and sooner rather than later, these things will start to make more sense than they do now. All I need to do is believe and put in the work. Remember, the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for TIME and chance overtake them all.

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