The Law of the harvest is a term that I came across while reading “THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE”. When Stephen Covey posed the following remarkable question, it leads us simply to pause and wonder how such a sensible statement could have been left out in almost all aspects of our lives:

“Did you ever consider how ridiculous it would be to try to cram on a farm – to forget the plant in the spring, play all summer and then cram in the fall to bring in the harvest?” (Stephen R. Covey)

So, based on this statement, I now ask you students, how you could even think that you could be successful in cramming a year’s study material in one night for your finals. Well, you could try and wish for the best but we do know that the result would definitely not bring in the harvest. It will not represent what you really can do or who you really are. In other words, it’s no near your real potential.

But, it does surely show one thing- that you are and have been a lazy student who preferred to play all summer and completely forgot to take care of his plants (studies). How can you even expect to bring in the harvest (good results) since your plants have already died long time back while you were being negligent!!

A student is just like a farmer. He always reaps what he sows, but you see we can’t limit ourselves to the sowing because the farmer surely doesn’t. We have to take care and maintain the health of our plants all the way through and this requires patience and dedication. But I think that a better word would be diligence, i.e. to work carefully and persistently.

There is no shortcut. If you want to achieve good grades, you’ve got to pay the price by going out in the farm and work every single day. You may think that today’s work can be postponed for tomorrow or the week after but let me ask you this: Do you think your plants would accept that you don’t water them today but tomorrow or the week after…Hell no!!! Every single day counts!!!

So, it is important that as students, we think of ourselves as farmers. Farmers work hard and they do so every single day. They do so regularly and consistently because they know they cannot cram. They just don’t have the choice because they know that this is the price to pay if they really want to make a good harvest. This is what your mindset should be like, as a student.


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