From childhood the most perceptible aspiration of many people is to be recognised and appreciated in all spheres of their lives.
This phenomenon does not end in adulthood, instead it becomes more and more dominant and could be the reason most of us become the best at what we do.
This same reason may also be the cause some of us do things we are not good at or qualified for, as we try very hard to emulate the things we see in other people who are more successful in the hope of becoming successful ourselves.
The lure is that people who are successful at doing something, whether it is in work, sports, craft or any other specialty make it seem very easy. This entices the average individual to want to have a go at it, but this is not the problem, as anyone is free to try new things in their lives and we should even encourage this. The problem is that many people spend so much of their time at the things that do not seem to bear fruits for them as they do for others, that they lose focus on what could be their true calling. So striking a balance between intended pursuits and time is helpful.
What the majority of us do not realise is that everything comes at a cost, not necessarily in money-value, but in terms of practice, study, gaining of knowledge and becoming good at it. We are all bound to put our backs into it in order to be successful. But there’s a catch that can explain why we are all not good at a particular thing; this may be because we haven’t made it a priority to focus on our own abilities, or we simply have not made the right choice regarding what we want to achieve and in which specific field in our respective jurisdictions we choose to achieve them.
The culprit reason and the ‘DNA’ for this may be a universal one that is attributed to all human nature, “that we want something or anything without too much trouble” or without having to work hard for it. This is proved natural through research, but life as it is in our modern era is obviously not that easy and this forces mankind to change its mindset in regard to this. The unfortunate situation is that many are slow in catching up to this kind of mind-set and are therefore destined to the possible, yet inevitable reality of losing out on opportunities in the long run.
As technology and communication interfaces continue to evolve and mature beyond any one person’s control, it is wise to have at least the full foundation knowledge of secondary education, including that of fluency in reading and writing to have a chance at understanding or enabling the operation and manipulation of these various interfaces of all future aspects. But it is also proven and apparent that this foundation alone does not guarantee future success as tertiary education and specialties are principles that make it more easy for us to be recognised among thousands of other people.
We realise that business is an economy and the largest one of all that influences and controls competitiveness and is the driving force to the drastic changes we notice in socio-economics, which compel us to constitute a relevant understanding and pertinent ability in the approach to our daily lives and outlook thereon.
When competitiveness comes into play it is vital to be armed to the teeth in order to secure job opportunities and to stand a chance at all other prospects we may come across.
This is one of the reasons I decided to take my tertiary education seriously. It is everyone’s desire to not just be a part of a group, organisation, development or community, but to be a frontrunner in it, even if it does not seem to be the case.
As young Namibians’ we have many opportunities that will come and go if we do not take a serious, well-thought out cognitive approach to what we do in the present.