Is there a criteria for success or to being a successful individual? Maybe you have to be a man or a woman, black or white, or perhaps grow up with wealth (be a member of a wealthy family.) Well there is a criteria to being successful, and there’s only one requirement needed. The only thing you need to be the best you you can be is a free mind.
I will share my opinion as a black South African man. I am tired of seeing teenagers in the township dropping out of high school to go work for peanuts, when they possess an I.Q. equaling that of an educated professional, and have the potential for greatness. I find parents that say they need some financial support from their child very selfish. And saying you come from a poor background is no excuse; thinking and making the right decisions doesn’t cost a cent. Education for your child is the best investment any parent can make. Diminishing their intellect so they can fulfill your responsibilities as the family provider quite sickens me. Coz what’s the point of sending your child to high school if they are gonna drop out and get the same employment as someone who never even bothered going to school? Believing in who your child is and who they want to become gives them the pride and confidence to make a success of their lives and be the provider you needed. With a bit of patience and confidence in their ability, parents will enjoy the fruits of their investments. Let’s move away from being slaves of the past; let’s stop being the slaves of our narrow minds.
Legendary reggae artist, Bob Marley‘s lyrics from Redemption Song went: “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; None but ourselves can free our minds.”
Nothing could be closer to the truth. Let’s free ourselves from the idea that you should be a man or be affiliated with men to be successful. Let’s free ourselves from the idea that white people have the advantage in the journey to success. And let’s free ourselves from the idea that your poor background is an indestructible wall or barrier that blocks your path to achieving success. These ideas do nothing but build boundaries that limit our abilities, and a limited mind is a dead mind.
Mzwakhe Mbuli, a South African revolutionary poet, once said: “A perishing mind, is of a perishing person; A perishing person, is of perishing family; A perishing family, is of a perishing community; A perishing community, is the DEATH OF A NATION.”
So I plead with the parents of our Black Nation not to limit their children’s minds for that is the death of the black nation. The only thing we cannot do is the thing we are yet to thing of doing. To my young black brothers and sisters, being full of knowledge and having ambition is nothing to be ashamed of. Coz it’s the only thing no one can take away from us. Aren’t we tired of being stereotyped as potential criminals? Aren’t we tired of seeing many black men and black women using sinister means to succeed? Isn’t it time we start succeeding in something else apart from entertainment or the sports arena? To succeed in something that requires more intellectual capability? Coz we are more than capable of achieving that.
Nothing’s wrong with working and providing for a parent or guardian that is unable to do such, but do it with a goal of achieving your own career in future. The only thing that is hindering your path to success is a negative state of mind. So free yourselves by knowing where you come from, realizing where you are, and then determining where you’re going and where you’ll be.
RISE BLACK MAN RISE! SOAR BLACK WOMAN SOAR!
‘Till Next Time Peeps, STAY GOODEST! [twitter – @kingyobho; fb – King Yolanda Klaas III]