Growing up, we were exposed to a lot of pressure from society to believe that “if I didn’t read hard, I would never drive that particular car or stay in that beautiful home”, and that gave us a lot of pressure to be successful in future.

So many young people have or are experiencing stress and at worst a mental breakdown because they think they are “not successful” or society hasn’t taken time to appreciate their efforts. But then, do we actually know the meaning of success? 

Even if the dictionary defines success as “the achieving of desired results, or someone or something that achieves positive results”, oftentimes for a young person, the term success will mean “good grades and a lavish swagged up life.” 

No worries, we all have had that feeling!

However, attaining success should give you that good feeling you could tap yourself on the back for; or that feeling when you see the waiter coming with your food ?. Success could mean anything. Achieving in class, getting that dream job, buying that trending Tecno or iPhone on the market, gaining recognition, making money, or even giving back to your community as long as it’s not aimed at an unhealthy competition. 

Oftentimes, young people want to go over and beyond just to “prove they can”. Now, this is an unhealthy competition that could lead to depression, stress, or even suicide in the long run. For others, it is imitating what had worked for another, thinking the same will work for them. Maybe not! 

Young people today need to learn patience. You can achieve the desired result fast or slow, but that shouldn’t affect your zeal towards the bigger picture, because it’s not about getting there fast but most importantly what you’re doing to get there. 

A wise man once said, “Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time” 

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  • * Oftentimes, young people want to go over and beyond just to “prove they can”. Now, this is an unhealthy competition that could lead to depression, stress, or even suicide in the long run. For others, it is imitating what had worked for another, thinking the same will work for them. Maybe not!

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