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Guide For Youths And Leaders In Liberia – Part 5

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The bedrock of every revolution is the discovery of the truth and it has become an obvious truth that the problem of many in Liberia today is the lack of right information. Many in Liberia have not developed a reading habit, a strong desire to obtain relevant information as well as the inner drive to explore new ideas that would put them ahead of others on the path to having the right information and adequate knowledge.

Friend life’s pursuit starts with a desire. Desire is one’s whole being craving for a particular thing. Many, especially young people in Liberia do not desire to excel or choose a career that is new to their generation. Many have weak desire. But is a fact that those who have the determination to stay put are those that excel-those who have definite desire through constant persistence.

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 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.

As it is a known fact, it is all who have done tangible or made indelible mark on this planet earth were sure of where they were going. They knew what they wanted. Knowing where you are going is a venture that begins with a dream and having a clear vision for it is those who know their destination and how to get there that rule the world. Unfortunately, many of our leaders and young people today in Liberia do not know their destination. They do not see the big picture of where they are now and where they want to be tomorrow. Friend, knowing your identity and having a strong desire to succeed will of course take you there.

The radical approach to living a life of significance is to swim upstream, swimming against the tide. If one is going to make any impact in life he/she must not conform to the general approach of the majority. It’s important to note that we are on a mission, a mission to affect, influence and impact lives as well as make meaningful contribution to society. Young people and leaders in Liberia, therefore, need to understand that they are alive to make a difference but it is unfortunate that this fact is not well understood by our leaders and the young people of this country. Many, also, do not understand that they are alive to leave indelible marks on the sands of time; that they are alive to make history and not just to pass through history. That they have not been called to conform but to transform their environment, to influence their society, to give direction, to stand out and to registered maximum impact.

It is also a known fact that one cannot go against the negative, self-center tide of life if he/she is not show of his or her identity, and so the first step is to recognize who you are. One cannot afford to have an identity crisis-not walking and living in the reality of who they really are. When one does not know who he/she is he/she automatically puts a limit over their life. They cannot be the best-the best he/she can be is a second best which is not good enough and the latter is what that is found amongst many of our leaders and young people in Liberia now a day. In short, knowing who you are gives you confidence.

Therefore, young people in Liberia need to understand that they cannot go through life ridding on the identity they have acquired from the opinion of people. When they begin to understand who they are they will understand the extent of the impact they can make with their lives. At this point they will begin to understand that without them some people, groups, organizations, companies and the nation will experience declined quality. That without them others will not be or experience the very best they ought to. It is therefore crucial they wake up to their present-tense identity.

(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. He can be contacted through email at: or on phone at: 0886-264-611 or 0776-545-394)

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