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Youth Courageousness and Why It’s Needed

Talk about young people stand up!! – For sometime now, I have being admiring and getting lots of inspiration from young people (teenagers and people in their twenties) who have moved out of their comfort zone and are doing creative things with their lives. On social media networks, even at school, in my family, I get to know about some young dream chasers and change-makers – From Malala Yousafzai, to a group of University of Ottawa students who together with staff formed the Independent Initiative Against Rape Culture in March 2014, to my entrepreneurial siblings. Moving out of your comfort zone to work toward something that you really want to achieve is bold. It’s even more bold, I believe when you are young. You are at that stage when most of your counterparts continually stress their desire to graduate and get a job with the government and settle for whatever or just work for someone and follow their rules. Youth is that stage where the creative individual questions if uniqueness will be worth the try. So, when I see youth entrepreneurs, youth advocates and youths who seek to make change whether through working for the government, under someone or not, I am truly inspired. Another obstacle that comes with being creative (for everyone) is rejection. Not everyone you contact with your idea will get back to you; not everyone you speak to about your plan will agree that it is a good one; even friends may not support you. However, you will have both doubters and believers. When you have reviewed your plan thoroughly on your own, and then with some family members, friends, and experts that have experience with regard with your plan; and you believe that it will accomplish a purpose that satisfies you, go on with you idea! You will attract like-minded creative people to your niche. You will motivate and inspire people to not only think outside the box, but also, to move out of the box. I am still reading the book, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and I am really enjoying it. In Chapter three of the book, the author writes about her decision to face her fear of failure and she made this statement: “If something is worth doing; it’s worth doing badly.” Not an attractive statement at first sight, but it is a truthful and encouraging statement. Sometimes, we are even our own obstacles by doubting ourselves. Take action instead of overthinking your idea and when you execute your idea, remember that your final goal may not be achieved in a hurry. As long as you are still passionate about your plan, continue to work your hardest at it. Your efforts will pay off, eventually. I admire that the braveness of youth success is also recognized by community event planners who feel that inspiring young people should be awarded and publicized. In Ottawa, there is the Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards that recognizes youth that have contributed to their society in different ways. In Toronto, there is the BBPA’s Harry Jerome Awards’ Young Entrepreneur award. There is also, the Royal Bank of Canada’s Students Leading Change Scholarship. Etcetera. My fellow young people let us not let doubt; fear of rejection and failure discourage us from following our heart’s desires. By being true to you, you never know the kind of huge success that you are building up. Also, you might just be inspiring people to become exceptional in their thinking and actions, as well.  

My Questions For You

– Are there some inspiring youths that you know? If yes, who are they? 🙂

– What suggestions do you have on ways to encourage young people to think outside the box and/or be bold with their dreams?

Let me know!

Love,

Chiamaka.      

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Moving Your Talent(s) Beyond You

We have all probably heard someone say: Everyone is talented in their own way. Maybe you have heard that statement in different wordings, but it is true. Every individual has a talent or has talents. Talent is invisible when it is not being used perhaps because it is yet to be discovered; because of nervousness, doubts or procrastination. Talent is personal. Your talent may be discovered by someone other than you, but it is still personal. You choose whether to gain from your talent, your personal resource or not. Reflect on your hobbies and think of a way to create something big out of one or all of them. If you like to sing, apply to showcase your talent at events, even if it is for free. Use every possible opportunity to express your talent and let people recognize your it. As time goes on, you will be on demand; people will feel the need to express your talent for you. People could eventually pay for your talent, your personal resource, because you have publicized it and they view it to be of value. These hold for whatever your talent is. Talent is personal but when you build upon it with true love and appreciation of your personal resource(s), talent becomes interpersonal. Others will be inspired and motivated by your talent. This is what it should be like. Do not feel that you are better off working for someone till retirement age hits and then there should be nothing to do. Build on your own talent. You can work for the government or for someone while you are also working on your own talent, as long as there is no conflict of interest. Entrepreneurship is where talent takes us. If you choose to be public with your talent, you will take risks; you will have to be open to criticism with the awareness that it sometimes hurts. An entrepreneur has to expect (this expectation may not be instant) even strangers to send moving compliments. What has been personal becomes inter-personal. Michael Jackson and Nelson Mandela are two of my many inspirations when it comes to community service and social justice. Thus, I will call them entrepreneurs as through their publicized personal passion/talent, they motivated and continue to motivate me to use writing to publicize my own passions with the aim of inspiring others to take action. Do not shy away from your talent. It is your personal resource. Each individual probably has more than one talent. Build upon your favourite one, at least. Use your talent to make you stand-out. Use it to make you indispensable. Use it to earn a living. Also, use it to inspire others to use theirs. Remember this: Talent is personal, but when used well, it becomes interpersonal.

My questions for you:

– How do you showcase your talent?

– What are the challenges that you have faced as a result? How did you overcome those challenges?

Love,

Chiamaka.

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