LETTER: Do not live under the shadow of the past, for it is inhibiting

2016-05-19 06:00
opinion mandla klanisi

opinion mandla klanisi

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This is a call to all those young people idling at home, “waiting” for employment.

I refer to most youth from disadvantaged communities. Others term these communities poor. I do not believe this is the case.

If only because it is disempowering. It takes away the power to transform their lives.

It is critically important to use a positive and empowering language. There is power in language. It can either build or destroy. No one is born poor.

I am reminded of my favourite author Anthony Robbins, in his book ‘Unlimited Power’, referring to the power within all of us.

The power that can transform our life if we choose so.

Allow me to argue that for young people seating at home doing “nothing” in the name of waiting for employment or to study further must fall!

It should not be normalised. While waiting, build your profile.

Our history has a huge contributory factor in this train of thought. We should refuse to live under the shadow and legacy of colonialism, slavery and apartheid. Life is not about being employed.

I always like to ask young people or friends: ‘what do you do?’.

I do this to challenge and empower them.

The call to young people today is do something. Waiting is not enough, make an effort. Be a volunteer at place that compliments your career aspirations. While doing this, you will benefit with skills and work ethics that will help you in your future endeavours.

We live in a competitive world that requires skills. Up-skill yourself, and remember, it is not about getting employed. If possible, start you own business. Try to be your own boss. The time is now. mklanisi@gmail.com

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