Being a youth is a one-way ticket; you cannot go back and undo the things you regret, but the journey is long enough, there is time to make corrections all you have to do is realize where you are now, where you are headed, and where you have gone wrong.
There are a few things you should always keep in mind as a youth:
You have a purpose to serve
Just because you are young and have not achieved as much as every other average youth in the society does not mean you are worthless.
There is a reason why you exist; you are not here by accident. God created you to serve in a particular way that nobody else would. You need to know that there is a gap that only you can fill.
No matter how twisted your past has been, where you came from, who you have become; there is a greater good that can only come from you because you are created in God’s image, and God is all about perfection ‘Our imperfections make us unique as surely as our strengths-Toni Sorenson’ Do not be hasty and rush to make a judgment or self-loath because you have a bright future ahead.
Someone else needs you
In spite of how you feel about your life and the milestones, you have covered so far remember that you are meant to serve. You may not have taken the path that everyone thought you would or landed where you expected.
That setback is not in vain; someone else needed to witness it and learn from your misfortune. The same way we need a muse to stay focused or make us more productive.
We are also lessons for others to learn from and take a different path. You are a vessel, and God chooses how to use you. You have a significant role to play in other people’s lives.
You are an expert
You may not be a professional with a corner office and a secretary, but you sure have that one distinct set of skills that you possess. A talent or learned skills that you are better at than most.
It might be painting, narrating, listening; there are people whose hearing is okay but are incapable of listening. We are all an expert at something; we cannot be the same. Do not undermine your skills; instead, figure out ways you can use them productively.
You are responsible for your happiness
Happiness is relative; there will never be a standard gauge for happiness or misery. Do not let your situation dictate how you live. Some people live in abundance and are still miserable. That is a clear indication that material wealth does not necessarily guarantee happiness.
Pursue inner peace and the best way to do that is be content with who you are and that will transform to being satisfied with where you are and what you have achieved. Learn to live as per your means and set attainable goals. By doing so, you will always be happy with your life.
Keep the right friends
It is commonly said that if you want to walk faster, walk alone but if you want to go further walk with others. Peers are the greatest danger to youth. The need to impress your friends leads to doing all the wrong things just so those friends can stick around.
You can obviously tell good friends from the bad ones. Unfortunately, you cannot just drop them. If your friends are not consistent, helping you grow then, they do not deserve you. The best way to part ways is to show them that you have a different agenda, which you are focused towards prosperity and eventually they may change their thinking and pursue growth with you.
If your friends do not change, they will slowly walk away, and there will be no bad blood. In the end, only the right friends will stick. Sometimes you must keep your circle small and the walls high to get where you desire.
There is no limit to what you can do
Nobody can determine your self-worth except you and you are the only other person who can set limits to what you can or can’t do. Do not sell yourself short because you did not grow up in the posh side of town; you were born into a low-income family, you did not have a pony for a pet, you are not good in academics, etc.
Whatever excuse you have crafted to stop yourself from progressing in life will be your downfall. So what your childhood was not merry or your first business was not successful. Get up, dust off and look for new avenues. Invest in something else, do what makes you happy, go that extra mile that your parents did not reach, and do not be afraid to try new things.
The power to prosper lays in the faith you have in yourself. If you convince yourself that you are unable to get past a particular barrier, you will most definitely not get past that barrier. Your past was inevitable, but your future is your choice.
There is power in positivity
There is no clear cut route to success, and there are no shortcuts. You will fail at some point. Maybe invest in a shady deal, fall prey to a scam, etc. There is always a bad deal, but the worst thing is pessimism. Negativity kills the willingness to pursue your, goals, dreams and passion.
Always stay positive; believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It not about how many times you fall or how hard you fall, what matters is how high you bounce back.
Know that at some point, something good will come out of your efforts regardless of how many times you failed in the past. No soldier goes to battle knowing the outcome; they just do their best and hope for a victory.
Patience is key
Rome was not constructed in a day, it took years of planning, deliberation, corrections, and alterations and so is your success. You will do everything in your power and watch your efforts pay off gradually.
You won’t wake up one day a billionaire from nowhere; no magic bullet. You need to be patient as you work towards your goals. Appreciate every small thing you achieve because, in the long run, those little milestones are the big break we all want. And remember, being a youth is a golden opportunity to shine positively.