- Your decision today will determine your position tomorrow
You’re never too young to begin working towards your dream. Don’t waste time, put the building blocks for your future in place. Whatever you want to do, find out what it takes to get there. For example, if you want to become a footballer, find out how many hours you need to train and the exercises you need to undertake in order to get there and begin working towards it. If you desire something work hard for it. There are no shortcuts to greatness.
Work and you will earn a living; if you sit around talking you will be poor. (Proverbs 14:23)
- You’re not too young to become great
There was a child called Josiah who became a King when he was only 8 years old (2 Kings 22:1). I recently read an article on MSN about teenagers who started business projects before they reached 18 and have grown it into large corporations. You can invent something or provide a service that will impact lives. You have unlimited potential so use it.
Young people are told not to rush because “they have time on their side.” Yes you shouldn’t rush but you should be innovative because age doesn’t restrict anyone from achieving something remarkable. Cultivate habits that will make you successful such as discipline, diligence and dedication.
- Success requires sacrifice
You have to be ready to make sacrifices. I learnt this at university but I wish I’d been told earlier. I remember during my GCSEs exams, I left my revision until late. I should have disciplined myself to spend ample time on revision. Some of my friends revised virtually all day while I spend about 4 hours revising. When the grades came out, it surely showed.
- Find your purpose in life
Even though you may not know everything God has created you to become, at least make an effort to discover it. Many young people don’t think along these lines and do trial and error to see where life takes them. Pray to God to show you your purpose in life. You should also take note of the things you’re passionate about and burdens you, and find out more about them. You may be the solution.
- Set time aside to think and plan for the future you desire
I remember for my work experience in year 10 (secondary school), I didn’t take time out to think to apply for something beneficial. I just went for a role in a photography shop because it looked easy and fun while some of my friends got placements in financial firms. I guess it was because I didn’t know what I wanted to do in the future apart from family pressure to become a doctor. Even if you’re not sure what you want to do in the future, do something you’re passionate about or you potentially see yourself doing.
- Don’t spend the majority of your time on social media
Social media is a great thing but like most things in life, it has its flaws. It is unwise to spend 5 hours on Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook and not spend just 50 minutes to read and gain knowledge. Set time aside to learn something new each day. Don’t get caught up in the social media hype to the detriment of your future. Spend time to do things that will enhance your life and help you to achieve your goals.
- Invest in your mind
We live in a superficial society. Many young people seem more interested in investing in their appearance than their mind. Some are happy to spend £50 and much more on makeup, Brazilian hair, and excessive eyelashes and goodness knows what else. I’m not against beautifying yourself but to spend so much on these products and not invest in books and things that will enhance your future is limiting, dangerous and folly.
Today, I buy more books than clothes because I’ve learnt the importance of investing in my mind. To become a good father, mother, worker and leader depends on your mind. Invest in books and educational materials and go to seminars and conferences that will help you to develop your mind.
- Don’t compare your fresh start in life to someone’s 20 years+ of hard work.
This is a big phenomenon in our society today. The media usually shows us the finished product but hardly ever the starting point. You see prominent Celebrities on TV without seeing how they started.
I’ve spoken to young men who want the latest designer clothes, phones and cars because their idols have them. However, they have never even held a part time job in their life. Materialism has taken over their mind and they’ll go any length to make money. Don’t despise humble beginnings. Start from somewhere.
Show me your friends and I can tell you your future. Your network is your net worth. Lions only hang with lions. Spend time with men and women with vision, people who will motivate and challenge you to raise your game.
I’ve seen from first-hand how friendship choices can make or break a person. I’ve seen people murdered because of their choice of friends and seen others make it because of their friendship circle. Hang around wise people and become wise.
Whoever spends time with wise people will become wise. But whoever makes friends with fools will suffer. (Proverbs 13:20)
- You need to be persistent
Life is full of challenges and when you overcome a challenge, you go to the next level. It’s like passing exams your GCSEs and A-levels. When you pass them you go forward but you do retakes if you fail. You may experience rejections and setbacks but you have to be prepared to bounce back. If you learn from your setback, every rejection becomes a ladder to higher heights. God is able to give you strength to rise again and again and again.
But the people who trust the Lord will become strong again. They will be able to rise up as an eagle in the sky. They will run without needing rest. They will walk without becoming tired. (Isaiah 40:31)