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Guide for Youths and Leaders in Liberia – Part 2

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Like they say, there is no point crying over spilt milk. If the milk is spilt and you still have your glass thank God and move on so you can get the milk again. If the milk is spilt and the glassware is also broken, well count your losses and make plans to acquire new glassware and get milk to fill it up. You cannot change the past. Not handling the past right and misjudging it denies you the joy of the present and kills the hope of the future.

Leave the past behind and move on with life. Learn from your mistakes. It is only a fool that make the same mistake twice. If you have had measures of success in the past then build on it and move on. There is still a lot of ground for you to conquer. The world doesn’t care about thoughts; it rewards action with triumphant success. People don’t care about your intensions; they care about what you do. What determines the script of your life is what you do.

Start measuring your life and its quality based on results, not intensions. Measuring success is a function of results. Only with results can we be sure that the changes are real. It is true that life presents windows of opportunity. Very often, the windows of opportunities open for a time, but then shut forever. And so as you evaluate your life in which you are moved to take action, recognize that you have to seize opportunities when they present themselves or create them when they do not. Remember, time is relentless.

It is the one resource that you cannot regenerate. The life you are living now is the only one you have been awarded. This is why every moment you failed to take purposeful action is another moment wasted. So you should live your life on purpose. You must decide that your dreams are not to be sold out; they are to be realized.

We are all unique creatures. Of all the people in the world, there is no one that is an exact replica of the other. But many young people in Liberia do not accept this fact and many also have not accepted who they are. Many of our young people live in other people’s shadows-imitating them-and are engaged in wishful thinking-wishing they were some other persons, having little or no self-esteem and self-confidence. Many have refused to accept themselves.

There are yet many who do not believe in themselves and the vast potentials they are endowed with. They take on other people’s names, ways of life and cultures to include rappers, footballers, musicians and actors.  Many at last do not aspire to be great so that they will leave a lasting legacy that their families and nation will remember and be proud of.

To my fellow youths in Liberia, stop living in a dream world. Wake up from your slumber and put on a positive mental attitude; for it is only those who put on such thinking that conquer the world.

(Chealy Brown Dennis is a motivational speaker and offers training in leadership and organizational development; creative sales and marketing, strategic planning and team building. He also offers workbooks, on-location and train-the-trainer formats for leaders, managers, businesses and organizations. Email: or on phone at: 0886-264-611 or 0776-545-394)

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