Many people are busy thinking about what they want to do with what they don’t have” These words were said to me by a good friend and client by the name of Prof.Charles Manasseh M. Ondieki, a Lecturer at Multimedia University (MMU).
Prof Ondieki is among the team that is driving TIVET (Technical Industrial Vocational Entrepreneur Training) programme. This government driven initiative is focusing on training and harnessing creativity as a way of driving the economy and providing employment to the youth.
The reason why I have brought this issue up is borne out of my interactions with many people and mainly the youth who are unemployed or in jobs they don’t like.The interesting thing, is that most if not all of them are highly talented some are even multi-talented.The issue of youth unemployment has become a thorn in the flesh of consecutive governments and indeed, a headache that has lacked a proper cure.
While I may not have an elixir (cure), for this, I would like to throw in my two cents worth of wisdom. If you stop any unemployed youth today and ask them why they are not employed, the answer will either be there are no jobs or they don’t know senior people in either companies or government offices who can canvass on their behalf. The sad thing here is that these young people are very talented so when you flip the coin and ask them why they are not using their talents, the response is often, I don’t have capital.
Herein lies the problem. If you look at most of the successful men and women in the world, they started with zero shillings or very minimal finances but they knew what they had in them, a dream and persistence. Today they are the movers and shakers of the world economy. Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in his dormitory room in Harvard. Today, Facebook is among the top most visited social sites in the world today.
My simple message to all the young people out there is this: To be successful in life, you don’t require millions to start. You just need self-belief, know who you are and what you are talented in, then have a proper laid out plan. Start with the parts of your plan that won’t require finances and by the time you are halfway, the financial part will have been figured out. Don’t wait for your wealthy uncle to help you, stop giving excuses for your predicament. Take charge of your life and let those who want to help you find you along the way as you trudge towards your dream. There are so many examples of people who are featured on the ATB website and Facebook page who started down there with nothing and today they are somewhere in society. I wish you all success. Click HERE to read more posts by Mwangi.