Most of us have commute to work day in day out or do mundane activities everything like clean the house, doing laundry, mow the grass, etc. During these moments, you can dig into a podcast
Podcasts are interesting and compelling ways to listen to inspiring stories develop and start to learn new skills, get informed about different industries, etc. There are tons of captivating topics available for young people from comedy to business etc. The most important thing is for you to get to learn something new, which relatively cost low or often free, one can use his/her time listening to podcasts it is certainly the way to go.
Explore your creative and talents side
It is quite interesting how African youth are endowed with diverse creativity abilities in either drawing, dancing, artisanship, etc. There is a fountain of creativity in every young person across the region, most of us have not tapped or paid attention to these gifts. These creative gifts can easily be channeled into a career or a business, it is important to know that it is critical for developing these talents least it dies. One can sharpen these talents by taking online classes or in-person; expand your knowledge about your talents, reading books and articles, etc.
Attend a Seminar/Conference
A better way to learn and get out of your comfort zone and being exposed to new things about your talent, area of study or industry. It also opens the opportunity to meet likeminded people like yourself to network and gives you first-hand information from resources people as well as meeting them where on a normal day you will not have met them.
Most conferences are paid event, others are free. Either way African youths ought to take advantage of this and sharpen themselves to be able to compete and with others from other parts of the world.
Invest in building your confidence.
When it comes to your life you are charge, and it only gets better not by chance but by gradual change. Success is highly connected to confidence. People, who know their value, are likely to succeed than those who do not. In addition, knowing your value project your confidence, this does not happen in a day, but with change and gradual effort, you can perfect yourself as an African youth. Some Africans are often seemed as timid people by the western world as a result of our background and history, they termed us not good enough which is totally wrong, however, the status quo is changing in every aspect, in business, academic, entertainment but this milestone is attained on the bricks of confidence, it absolutely important to know yourself, your value and talent and sharpen it for it to yield better results for yourself.
Invest in your health.
Your body is your gateway to life, with a slight malfunction your productivity as an individual is at stake that is why it is essential to take care of yourself. Luckily, for us as the continent, we are blessed with arable lands that produce rich crops and foods, which provide so many nutrients that is to our own advantage to keep your body nourished. Young people can go the extra mile by exercise through games, signing up for gym class, etc. You need to stay in shape; after all you are all you have got.
Read, Read, Read
Reading is a great way to invest in yourself, which often come at no cost. It increases your general knowledge, stimulates your imagination, and improves your vocabulary. In other words, books take you places you have never been and give you powerful ideas you have never thought about, actually books are prepackaged boxes of ideas. Reading has become tremendously easy in this modern era, that there are no excuses not to read. You can listen to audiobooks whiles you are on the go, kindle, or EBooks, etc.
Almost all the great people spend time reading. Invest in some good books, not only is it entertaining it also gets your creative juices flowing as a youth.
Get a mentor
Finding a mentor is hard, but the benefits are worth it. Mentoring relationships are a powerful source of inspiration, guidance, knowledge, and connections. People who hold you by the hands, and nurture you throughout life. Everyone needs a mentor especially as African youth who are full of ideas and life. How? Search through your connection and contacts, outline people who you admire for a particular reason, one who has a lot of experience in your line of business or personal growth and someone you can resonate with. You can then sideline a list of potential mentors by preference and start contacting them! The goal of mentorship is to build your relationship over time.
When you invest in yourself, a world of opportunities opens up for you. No one will invest in you until you first invest in yourself.
Article from AFRIC Editorial
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