There is much talk about CAPTURE in South Africa. State Capture. I want to suggest that we also have another Capture. Youth Capture. Our youth is captured/consumed by popular things: materialism, substance abuse, sex and also social media. Connectivity has made it possible for all of us to reach out to other people across the globe. Technology has become an instrument of Youth Capture. Our youth do not take advantage of this opportunity to better themselves. They expect government and private sector to create jobs for them. Indeed, it is the responsibility of every government to create opportunities for its citizens, but the youth should take the lead in initiating innovative programmes. South Africa is rich in mineral resources. There is abundance of wealth. Trillions of Rands in our national budget. However, more than 20 years after our hard-earned democracy, most of our problems (social, political and economic) are self-induced. Some children still go to bed hungry. Pupils still learn under trees and mud class rooms. Communities still drink raw sewerage. Cost of living and cost of funding remains high. A junk status is now with us. Making our situation even dire. About 54% of our youth is unemployed, etc. This picture is bleak. It’s clear that the current generation will be judged harshly by future generations. This begs the question, what is the youth prepared to do when a situation is like this one? The answer is, our youth should become innovators. Industry or market DISRUPTORS (‘A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and eventually disrupts an existing market, displacing established market leading firms, products and alliances – Harvard Professor, Clayton M. Christensen).
I challenge our youth to become innovative. To Think. Learn. Dream. Travel. Pursue your Goals. Know Yourself, Your Strengths, Know Your Weaknesses. Make Mistakes. Know that in order to succeed, you have to Fall many times until you Rise again. Stay away from the inbox – inward looking. Don’t allow yourself to become CAPTURED. Find Your Purpose in Life. Passion. Don’t accept life for what it is. Accept that everything in life has a purpose. Understand that everything in the universe is ENERGY. That the chair you’re seating on, the glass you’re holding, everything physical that you see, vibrates. But we cannot see these with our naked eyes. Know that we are connected to one universal force and we have the power to create and manifest things. So, you should Create and Design your own reality. Live your reality. Live Your Dreams. Follow the footsteps of Ellon Musk of SpaceX, UBER, airBNB, Facebook, Watsup and all other great innovators. Why must you do all these? Because you CAN. You are bound to succeed. Your success has a ripple-effect. It will assist others. Your failure won’t help anyone.
Embrace the guidance and support you receive from family, friends, teachers, etc. But at your age, don’t expect anyone to shape your destiny. For example, governments don’t create jobs. Don’t be like today’s politicians because they are like bananas. Yellow and Crooked. Rather become a statesman. A quote by Freeman Clarke says: “A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation.” – James Freeman Clarke, Sermon