LEADERS OF TOMORROW (PART 1)
We will be talking about responsibility today.
Let the youths listen. You have often been called leaders of tomorrow and some of you have read the novel, ” If tomorrow comes” by Sydney Sheldon. Tomorrow will surely come, only when it comes, it won’t be called tomorrow, so you might have difficulty in recognizing it. But time waits for no one and time is the most valuable resource available to you now, whether you were born rich or poor. Riches and poverty are just impostors, neither is destined to be permanent. Your destiny is in your hands to make or mar. The decisions you make today will determine your tomorrow.
I regard you as a youth if you are aged between 18 and 40. I know you are familiar with the saying that a fool at forty is a fool forever. There is reasonability in that statement although it is not cast in stone. I think it is never too late to learn something new or something useful. Life is a school. When we stop learning, we start regressing. I am going to dwell on what you do with your time, now that you still have it. It is important because if you don’t utilize this valuable resource to prepare yourself, you wont be able to take advantage of many opportunities that will come your way in life. Please note that Success happens when opportunity meets with preparation. If you are not prepared, you either will not recognize the opportunity or if you do, you will not be equipped to take advantage of it. Even if by virtue of your birth or parents connection, you are foisted on the opportunity or the opportunity is foisted on you, you may still make a mess of it, simply because you were not prepared!
Children are eager to grow and become adults so that they can do what adults do. Get a good job, get married, buy a car, have children, build a house and be recognized in society. But I tell you, many adults wish they could be children again so that they can unmake many mistakes they made in life which are now impacting negatively on them in adulthood. If you are fortunate to be in school, do not take it for granted. There are many illiterate adults who wish they had that privilege. Take your studies seriously. Do not confine yourself to what the teacher or lecturer teaches. Use the library, borrow books from your classmates or get your parents to buy them if they can afford to. Study. Study hard. Study some more. Move ahead of the class. Read your lessons in advance. That way you will identify the concepts that are not clear and ask your teacher questions for clarity whenever the topics are taught in class.
Do not show off. Do not be boastful. Be quietly determined to make a success of your life. It is the only life you have. Do not confine your reading to your academic work. No knowledge is a waste. Enjoy the thrills of fiction and fantasy. The Arabian Nights. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Eze goes to School. Alladin and the Magic Lamp. Cinderella. Gulliver’s Travels. Robinson Crusoe. King Solomon’s Mines. These will whet your appetite for more serious reading. It does not matter whether your line of career is going to be Arts, Science or Social Science. Read wide. Read broadly. Broaden your horizon. If you are a Christian, read the Bible. If you are a Muslim, read the Quran. If possible, read both. There are English translations of both holy books. Develop a mature mind that is tolerant and understanding of opposing views.
Use your time wisely. There is time for everything. A time to work and a time to play. All work and no play, they say, makes Jack a dull boy. You can add that all play and no work makes Jack a hopeless boy. Strike a balance. Don’t run ahead of your time. If you are 18 and your preoccupation is about members of the opposite sex, you are misplacing your priorities. Time will come for that. Focus on laying a solid foundation for your life. Your father whom you think will always be there will go where elders go sooner or later. I lost mine at the age of 13. It was a challenge that spurred me to make the best I can out of life. Some lost their mothers at birth. They never knew the joy of being pampered by a caring mother. Yet they succeeded in life. Some grew up as orphans having nothing but grace of God to depend on. Yet they made it. The road might have been rough but today they are success stories. So you have no excuse you that have both parents. That your father is poor will not hold you down. That your mother is “wicked” may be for your own good.
So, dear youth, resolve to make your life a success. Study. Prepare. Work hard. Develop your intellect and develop your character. This is the time you have. Opportunity once lost may not be regained.
To be continued.
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