The interesting thing though, was that Jacob was not doing homework, nor was he playing Gears of War or Farmville. Jacob was writing plays and composing music of his own. No one asked Jacob to do this, it was never assigned to him in any classes. Jacob was writing out of pure, unadulterated, personal ambition.
Many of my fellow students (and, I’m ashamed to admit, myself included) used to poke fun at Jacob.
“Go home already!”
“Get a life!”
We weren’t purposely trying to be harmful or cruel, just college kids joking around. Even if we were trying to hurt him, it didn’t seem to work very well. Jacob continued to type away day after day.
When it came time for our yearly student works festival though, the tables turned dramatically.
Who do you think had the best piece at the festival every single year? Jacob, of course!
And his fellow classmates? Now we were all desperately hoping to be cast in the very plays we had ridiculed only a few months ago.
So Jacob, I’m sorry. You were right. Thank you for teaching me, and all of us, that not having any homework is no excuse for not taking initiative and doing work that we’re passionate about.