Motivation: We Are Still Growing

Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to climb Mount Everest. On May 29, 1953, he scaled the highest mountain then known to man-29,000 feet straight up. He was knighted for his efforts.

However, Hillary had to grow into this success. You see, in 1952 he attempted to climb Mount Everest, but failed. A few weeks later a group in England asked him to address its members.

Hillary walked on stage to a thunderous applause. The audience was recognizing an attempt at greatness, but Edmund Hillary saw himself as a failure.

He moved away from the microphone and walked to the edge of the platform. He made a fist and pointed at a picture of the mountain.

He said in a loud voice, "Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I'll beat you the next time because you've grown all you are going to grow... but I'm still growing!"

There is a lesson in this story for us at OUM: the quest for quality never ends. What is more, quality cannot be achieved overnight. We have to take the initial step, and then keep taking one step after another, until we reach the level of desired quality. There will be mountains to climb. We may falter and fumble. But it is up to us to get up and go on.

In short, like Hillary, we too can decide never to stop growing. This growth increases our quality as tutors. And by improving our quality, we can improve the quality of our learners. That leads to the achievement of our main aim in OUM - to produce quality graduates.

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In my opinion, the most important factor in producing quality OUM graduates is:

Tutors who are capable and motivated
Quality learning materials
A syllabus which integrates both theoretical and practical aspects of a subject
All of the above
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