Saturday, September 7, 2013

What are you doing about it?

I am a member of One Young World, and with the upcoming summit in Johannesburg there has been a lot of talk about young people, and how we need to get up, get working and start creating today so that tomorrow will be even better.
Have you heard of the Start Up Manifesto ?

It's a plan, that has been rolled out to encourage entrepreneurship among young people by putting in place friendly policies in the EU, but this got me thinking how many manifestos have been rolled out by young people here in Kenya?

What have we done, or are doing as young people- to secure a better future?

And in light of this there has been so much turmoil- and with the sudden V.A.T increase on household commodities- you cannot help but wonder whether it is crime we are encouraging, or a further increase in unemployment and brain-drain?

#TheStartUpManifesto has a plan, with focus on:
  • Education and skills
  • Access to talent
  • Access to capital
  • Data policy
  • Protection and privacy
  • Thought and Leadership

And this got me thinking a lot, about what we are doing. Every day here in Nairobi, people set about their paths- as early as 5am, people set out to work- and at the end of the month or a work period there is very little to show for in it in terms of personal development.

What is the most expensive item you have ever sought?

Now, ask yourself how valuable are you?

If you were to set a price on yourself, what would it be? How many zeros and commas would there be? Better yet would it be a blank cheque?

Truth is, we do so much on the outside but very little on the inside.

We have people who look presentable but they cannot hold a meaningful conversation.

People who look the part but are nowhere near that part- and before we completely lose ourselves we should think about what we are doing. If you want to leave a legacy, build on yourself- strive be a source of inspiration, the kind of person who when he/she enters a room,  people stay silent not out of fear or respect but because they look up to you for your wisdom and humility.

On that note, you can check out One Young World and join the conversation, and start making a positive difference.

How can one change the world if one identifies oneself with everybody