In my previous blog post entitled: “21 Questions with Dr. Cedric Habiyaremye”. One of the questions I was asked was: "What Would be Your Advice to the Youth?" The answer to this question has received a lot of engagements and impressions, and later, I was asked to make a stand alone blog post about my answer to this particular question.
My advice to the youth is that your Potential is infinite, and it is always bigger than whatever problems you are going through. Every one of us was born with the purpose. If you are here, you matter! You only need to have one important thing in your life to become whatever you want to become or whatever you want to do with your life. That important thing is responsibility. Be responsible for all your actions and listen to your mentors and then follow your heart, never follow the cloud.
Stop thinking about dream jobs but instead focus on finding your life purpose; how you want to live your life and the impact you want to make or achieve in your lifetime. The biggest question you should carry in your mind is what do I really want to do? What do I have to offer? And the answer to that is you making sure that everything you do moves to the direction and vision you set. And when you do that, the forces of life rise to meet you.
Even though it is not easy because we all have things we battle in our lives, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home or in your life – that’s not an excuse for you to take your life for granted and not to pursue your dreams. Where you are right now doesn’t determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you; you are the architect of your destiny. And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you – do not ever give up on yourself. Do not let your fear write your future. Get out of your comfort zone and follow your dreams and do not give up, great things take time and keep in mind that there is no competition in destiny.
People want to succeed fast because they want to prove something to somebody else. That’s what makes them vulnerable. Slow down: stop trying to impress people, do this for yourself. When it’s for you, you have your whole life, when it’s for them, you try to do it today. Living your life for someone else it is always a mistake even when it comes from a good place. When writing a story of your life do not let anyone else hold the pen; focus less on winning the approval of others and do not wait around for someone else to give you permission to live your life. Try everything; never be afraid of making mistakes be afraid of making the same mistakes repeatedly. What you plant today you will harvest it later, So.., if you do not plant anything do not expect any harvest.
There are things that you are good at and there are things that you love. If you have to wake up and go to work rather than you have to go to work, then you are doing the right thing. If you do not have that something you love that makes you feel that way, please find it. It will give you great peace of mind.
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