The Secrets Behind a Successful Youth 1 by Emeke Nwaoboli
This article by Emeke Nwaoboli takes us through a journey to success by showing us some of the secrets we need to open its door just like a key…
Perhaps you might have wondered
why some youths are successful, while
others are not. Perhaps you might have
been working hard but your hardwork
has not been crowned with success;
then know that you are doing the right thing in the wrong way.
It is so unfortunate that many of our
youths are working like the ant and
expecting a huge result like the
elephant. Luckily, you are in the right
place to know the secrets behind a successful youth.
Do you know why some of our youths
don’t succeed? Most youths do not
succeed because they fail to plan; and
some other times, they plan but don’t
work towards it. This life is like a novel, you have to edit it before publishing it.
This implies that for you to be a
successful youth, you must know and
abide by certain success principles. These success secrets under-listed
Have a Golden Dream:
I do tell people that a man without a golden
dream is like a living corpse. For you to
be a successful youth, the first secret is
that you must have a golden dream.
I know you might be asking yourself what it mean to have a golden dream. A golden dream is defined as
the bright things you wish to happen to
you in life. Moreover, it also means the
act of discovering your potentials.
Most of our modern youth do not have
a dream, and you can never be successful when you don’t know your
destiny, your talents and your potentials.
I remember when I was a child, my class
teacher would always ask me what I would love to be in future; then i would
say, “I wish to be an Electrical Engineer”. However, as I grew up, I discovered
that I had the potentials of writing, and
not that of an engineer. I also
discovered that my destiny was beyond
mere words; so I took these secrets of
being a successful youth.
Have a Vision
Vision is the act of
going on a mission in order for you to
acheive your ambition. When you have
known your dream, pursue your
mission and never give up on your vision.
The reason why some of our youths
are not successful is that they live on
imitation. Some youths change their
vision and imitate other people’s ambition when
they see them becoming successful and celebrated. Please, know that for you to be successful,
never imitate others. Stick to your
vision and never give up on your
Choose or “Filter” Your Friends
Most of your
friends can never ameliorate you.
Rather, they will deteriorate you. Mind
the company you keep; those you think
are your best friends could end up being your
worst enemies. My uncles always advise me to make
friends or get close to those older than I am, because I stand
to benefit more from them. Associate with minds that are more experienced and knowlegeable
than you are in areas you that will add value to your growing mind. So, if you want to be successful, “filter
” your friends and don’t tell them your
greatest secrets. Remember, it is always better to have friends older than you,
because you will be surprised how many great
things you will get to learn from them.
always add “able” to their value to
make them valuable. Being a youth of
success is good, but you must add
extra to your “ordinary ” to make you
extraordinary. This secret of success requires that you
must be a youth needed, and not a
youth in need.
Unfortunately, there are some youths who appear to be successful but not valuable. As a golden
youth, you must be valuable before you ever think of being successful. The creation of value invariably attracts success. Without value, one is valueless. I
remember when the Goldsmith
who interviewed me before I joined Golden
minds asked me, “what do you have to
offer this country?”
In essense, the salient point is that as a youth, you must have something to offer to your family,
community, organisation, country e.t.c.
John F. Kennedy agrees with this when
he said, “Ask not what your country
can do for you; but ask what you can
do for your country”. Many of us say that Nigeria is bad! Now,
the question is “what have you done to
change this nation?” Do not criticise
your country when you have done nothing
to ameliorate it. Nigeria is a good nation with great
The journey to
success is not a bed of roses; it is a road
of obstacles! Many people give up when
they meet an obstacle on their way to
success. This clearly shows that
they were expecting miracles. An easy way up! Do not expect miracles on your way to success,
but expect obstacles here and there.
“An obstacle will not say you should
not tackle, but it’s left to you to spread
your tentacles and use your spectacle to
tackle your obstacle” once instructed Austus Ofmat Nwanne.
Of course, apart from the once stated above, there are few other secrets behind a
successful youth. In Behind a Successful Youth 2, I will gladly let you know the
remaining secrets that will make you
successful in life.
Stay patriotic! Stay Golden!
Emeke Nwaoboli is a member of Golden Minds. He is a young and passionate Nigerian youth whose vision is to positively impact the youth and live in a united Nigeria. You can contact the author through his email: firstname.lastname@example.org
He will be happy to hear from you.