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Don’t lose faith in our young ones

  • Published at 06:02 pm September 3rd, 2016
Don’t lose faith in our young ones

There is more negativity around us than positivity. In our society, more people tend to focus on negative than positive things. That’s not to say there aren’t people who are positive and optimistic. The few that exist are always ready to overcome all barriers with a positive outlook.

I want to share a few hopeful stories about our younger generation, which I am sure will make you as hopeful as it made me.

These two stories are about two individuals who have already claimed superb achievements at very early ages.

These stories are about two youngsters of the social media generation. Both of them are unique in their own ways, and are progressing steadily in achieving their dreams.

They don’t take no for an answer and are always eager to take up new challenges head-on and overcome any obstacle. Both of them are in their early 20s, full of courage, determination, and conviction.

One is a young entrepreneur in the IT sector, and the other is a young film-maker. The first young scholar is a final-year student in a private university and owns an IT firm.

While she runs her business, she also manages to sustain a good CGPA and has been awarded a scholarship from her university, while the rest she pays from her own pocket.

She also writes, her stories being published in several well-known Bangla daily newspapers. In her free time, she also works as an emcee at various events.

Before she started her company, she also worked for an American research institution and a Korean company for 15 months, and the interesting part is, she didn’t even apply for those jobs --her employers discovered her themselves.

The second individual is studying computer science, but is very passionate about film-making. His father died several years ago, so he had to pay for his own education, but thankfully, he was also awarded a scholarship from the university. His journey in film-making started in December 2014. He’s made a drama that aired on Bijoy TV, and is currently working on a telefilm.

If we want more from our younger generation, we have to invest more on them, and I am not talking about spending money, I am talking about spending more time with them and with their friends

His whole family is very supportive, especially his older brothers. His late father is his role model, and his mother is his guide. He wants to go to the US or Canada to study film production.

Our university-going students are full of energy, talent, and fresh ideas. They are working hard, running their own or family businesses, and are earning their degrees at the same time. In addition to their education, some of them engage in extracurricular activities such as teaching underprivileged kids and various works of charity.

If we want more from our younger generation, we have to invest more on them, and I am not talking about spending money. I am talking about spending more time with them and with their friends, understanding their needs and communicating with them, showing them that we genuinely care for them.

When we speak their language and get reach their level, they will open up to us. They will trust us as they trust their friends, and share with us their anger, their problems, their frustrations.

We shouldn’t push them away, because we are busy at work, or we don’t have the patience to shoulder someone else’s burdens.

These two students are the perfect examples of training the youth’s mind to think. They are training their own minds to think out of the box, and are creating bright futures for themselves.

These kids want to be their own bosses and control their own destiny.

We don’t need to worry about our coming generation, they are healthy, both in mind and body, and all we have to do is inspire them and guide them toward the right path. We need to realise that they crave our attention and approval.

We just need to give it them, step back, and relax, as they build a future worth wishing to live a little longer for.

Abdul Baten is Assistant Professor in the School of Business at ULAB.

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