2016-11-10 06:00
Photo: supplied Margaret Hirsch.

Photo: supplied Margaret Hirsch.

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TODAY, there is so much pressure on young people to perform, do well and be successful.

As a young person trying to get ahead and pass their exams, there is sometimes so much to deal with in life – for instance, divorced parents, parent’s partners and their children, teachers who are distracted, and of course, bullying peers.

They also have the decision to make when they leave school - whether to go to work or continue studying.

In my life there was no choice, there was just no money to go to university so I went straight to work.

Then I decided to take a gap year and work overseas - it was the best thing I could have done, because by the time my peers were qualifying, I was earning more than them, and if two people went to apply for a job, and one had experience and the other had a degree, the chances were that the one with experience would get the job.

Today if you really want to get ahead you have to be able to multitask. Either work in the day and study at night, or study in the day and work at night. It’s hard, but there is an old saying that you can “pay now and play later or play now and pay later”.

Today’s pupils coming out of matric or students coming of university want to start where their parents left off and as one of my mentees said to me yesterday, it took her a long time to realise she was not going to be an overnight success.

In fact no one is an overnight success - it takes many years of hard work to get to where you want to be.

The reason that most people don’t get anywhere in life is because they don’t have any written-down goals.

I have found this to be essential - you can’t hit a target you can’t see.

It’s even better to have a vision board with photos that you can look at and aim towards reaching, every day.

If you do this you will be astounded how quickly you achieve the things you only dreamt about having.

This stretches to relationships, achievements at work and at home, as well as health issues, finance, etc.

When I speak to groups of young people today, I start off by asking them to repeat after me

It’s possible. It’s possible. It’s possible.

They need to know it is possible to have everything you want, be anyone you want to be and do anything you want to do so long as you take one step towards that goal every single day.


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