Maximizing your potential
As the new school year begins young people are faced with some tough choices. For some, school is dreaded while for others, school is a time of rejoicing. Many will enter school not seeing the big picture or the possibilities, but seeing the problems. School is the greatest opportunity for a young person because school is the opportunity to understand, develop and maximize your potential.
There is a saying that goes, ‘time flies and as you get older it seems to fly with jet engines and not with wings’. My son is 32-years-old and my daughter is 28. Wasn’t I just sixteen yesterday? I am not a grandfather yet but many of my friends are. What does this have to do with school opening? It tells us how quickly things can change and the importance of seizing your moments.
There are some young Bahamians who were in high school just 10 years ago who are now CEO’s, presidents or vice presidents, who are earning more money ten years later than their parents ever earned. There are some young Bahamians who have maximized their opportunities and are at the top level of organizations in China, Switzerland, London, New York and even here in The Bahamas. Some young people from The Bahamas just 10 to 15 years removed from high school are earning $250,000 to $500,000 a year. It happened that quickly.
School is important because that is where you discover who you are, what your potential is and you have an opportunity to maximize it or let it slip away. I have recently met young people on both sides of the coin. One is a CEO the other is a drug addict. One young lady is a professional and also a mother and wife, the other is without a job and has five children. What was the difference? Some discovered, developed and maximized their potential while others could not see tomorrow so they got lost in today.
As much as is possible within our power we have to remind young people of their potential and remind them of how short life is. Your choices today affect tomorrow. No matter how many times they look at us like we are crazy we have to keep speaking positive things over them and encouraging to make the most of school because their future success is not in what they do tomorrow but what they do today.
My prayer is that this school year our young people discover their gifts, talents and abilities and develop them for themselves first but ultimately for the benefit of our country. It is not easy to stay focused in a world with so many distractions, but I believe we can help our young people stay focused by continually reminding them of what the future holds and what the possibilities are. Say an encouraging word, lend a helping hand, offer advice, share your story so that they can be made aware of history.
If there are young people reading this column I would like to remind you that each of you have enormous potential and it is up to you to recognize the possibilities that can be attained by discovering, developing and focusing on your potential and thus maximizing your life for your own benefit and also for the upliftment of your family, community and country. Focus on the important things and recognize that it just as easy to lose everything you have with one poor decision as it is to focus and achieve your potential. This school year remember that it is your choices that determine your outcome so please go for it!
• Pastor Dave Burrows is senior pastor at Bahamas Faith Ministries International. Feel free to email comments, whether you agree or disagree, to firstname.lastname@example.org. I appreciate your input and dialogue. We become better when we discuss, examine and exchange.