“The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.” Decide which of the strategies (“early bird” or “second mouse”) is the most effective in your life as a student and life in general.
The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese was first recorded in 1605 in William Camden’s book of proverbs and has remained part of the misplaced work ethic ever since. The early bird gets the worm meaning it is best to start the day early and also not procrastinate on things. ‘But the second mouse gets the cheese’ meaning the first mouse got killed in the mousetrap and so you got rewarded for starting late or procrastinating. So let the other eager person screw up and then learn from their failure and then reap the reward.
I am neutrally in this option. If the early bird gets the worm, then how can it be that the second mouse gets the cheese? If we need to motivate our staff to get up and get started, then we might want to state that the early bird get the worm, so let’s get up and get going so as to get there early before anyone else. On the other hand, if the competition has come out with something quicker than we have, then in order to get everyone on point we might say, “The second mouse gets the cheese.” In other words, if we build upon the original idea that may have been invented first, then we can build something bigger and better.
“ The early bird may get the worm” meanings that success comes to those who prepare well and put in effort. Preparation is the cost you need to pay in order to be truly rewarded. You can’t just jump in the ring and expect to win the fight without having first learned how to box and prepare your body for the required endurance. From the moment of birth till death, we work very hard to succeed.
In childhood, we learn how to walk and communicate with others though persistence and willingness. Throughout our adolescence, we study hard to achieve good marks and to get a proper job. For example as I am a student, it is best to study early and in small increments well before the test. Do not cram the night before the exam is the best advice for me from my secondary school teacher that make me successfully went into university.
However, “second mouse” is another effective strategies in my life as a student and life in general. Sometimes in life it is smart to learn from the risks that others take and the mistakes they make. The dead mouse in the trap saw the cheese and went for it. Did not work. But the second mouse, though still cautious, was in the enviable position of reaping the reward with no risk.
We are all human, therefore we all make mistakes, but the one thing that comes out of these mistakes is we usually learn a lesson. Making mistakes is human nature, none of us are exempt. That is even true in writing this paper, I will have to write many drafts without errors, and to meet what I feel is right. It will only be natural for me to make these mistakes. But, just as in making errors on this paper and making the corrections, making mistakes in life and correcting those makes for a better human being. We need to be smart so that we will be the “second mouse that get the cheese but not the first mouse that in the trap.
Early Bird Catches the Worm
| Many times we hear a proverb, moral or a fact but we do not give any attention towards it. But some incidents like fighting, which is very common, reminds us of the proverb "TIT FOR TAT", about which we should not even think, but see we practice it in our daily life. But some sensible proverbs like MAKE HAY WHILE SUN SHINE, EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM etc. that we should practise daily are ignored by us.|
An incident which occured with me reminds me of all these thoughts and a proverb EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM.
I was 11 years old and I was in sixth stanandard. From the first day of the school I had determined that this year I will score good marks and top in the class. For two or three days I did regular studies but after some days I became careless and became more interested in television programme. I thought that studying one day before will be enough for me. As a result I got less marks in class tests. Then I thought that if I score good marks in exam, my result will improve but the exam was just after one week and our syllabus is so tough. I was not able to prepare myself well for exam. My hope was of getting 90% or above but I got only 72%. You see! this was the result of not doing regular studies. Now in seventh standard I am not going to repeat this mistake and please you too never make such a mistake. This incident reminds me of the proverb:
EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM
You may wonder why I found this proverb suitable. It is because I thought that just like the bird who starts searching for its food soon catches it soon, in the same way if I would have started studying earlier it was possible for me to top in class.
Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Nagpur.
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|AKHIL R. KRISHNAN||Well, I am in the same thinking as am a student of VI std. and wasted precious time always thinking that I will start from tomorrow, but I can't. I will definitely make it a point to start my studies uptodate to score more.|
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|R. SHWETA||Excellent article. I too shall study well and score good marks.|
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