I read this quote and I thought how lost must lost be if you have your whole life ahead of you and almost no hope of making something of it.
I found this quote in a book called "Living Boldly" by Mary Anne Radmacher and although I loved every page of the book, I wondered how do we motivate our young people to live a BOLD LIFE - to go out there and make something from it, if you do not know where to start.
We can bear almost anything if we have a why. If we have hope. if we can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Even if we CANNOT see the light, but know it is there and we will reach it, we have hope.
We can handle any how to get to the end, if we have the hope, the believe that when we get to the end of the tunnel, we WILL find the light.
And I wondered...
What hope is there for our youth?
What why do they have to live for?
How do you motivate a nation of which almost 50% is under the age of 35 and 80% of them will not find a job?
We give them the skills to make their own job - to create employment - to be entrepreneurs.
Well, you are probably thinking - that sounds wonderful, but a bit optimistic and idealistic!
Do we have a choice?
We do not.
It is not just their future at stake. It is my future and your future. It is my kids and your kids' future. It is our whole country's future.
I cannot reach 16 million young people.
You cannot reach 16 million young people.
The government cannot reach 16 million young people - it is too late. This is the 16 million citizens between age of 18 and 35 that have been through the school system already. They may or may not get to a tertiary institution.
Then what is the answer?
One young person at a time.
I can help one or two or more.
So can you.
Together we can reach a a little hub of learners.
Every hub adds up and makes more that is given hope - a why to live for.
Then we trust them to do the how to get to the end of the tunnel - the light.
Naive - most probably!
But then, we are a training company.
This is what we do.
Create little hubs.
Offer learnerships and partnerships and learning.
We promote entrepreneurship and we believe that with the right training people can find both their soul and their path forward. If we did not believe in training and that what we do makes a difference, then we should find something else to do.
Luckily, we believe - because we have seen the results.