Success in any venture or plan is the ability to achieve one’s dream, vision, aims, and goals. In business and economic activities, it simply means “financial profitability”.
In a more holistic and general applicability, it means “impact”. Such impact must be positive.
For instance, a business that empowers its owners, its customers, its employees and the community where it exists, is extremely successful. Finally, success can be looked from the perspective of satisfaction.
If the goal was to achieve popularity, success comes “when one has achieved the popularity goal established or set at the commencement of the plan.
Mental or Invisible Barriers
There is a serious misconception buzzing in the society on whom and how people achieve success or succeed in their affairs.
This has led to invisible barriers of GENDER and AGE, as moulded by some in society.The effect is to hinder so many with great ideas, empire seeds and ability to create businesses.
Our society creates a great prejudice against females and persons of young age.
A layman or an average citizen would suggest or ascribe success to the male gender rather than the female, not because of abilities but because women have generally been assigned to play the behind the scene role, the second fiddle or the person behind the successful man rather than being ascribed the CEO and owner of the empire role.
Secondly, many generally believe that being advanced in life provides or holds the key to success. People sit and wait on advanced men and women to do all the work and achieve success.
They give all forms of support and aids to the advanced, believing that they are more suited to accomplish set goals.
We forget that innovations and creativity constantly linger in the mind of the youths. In this vain, the same support and aids are hardly open to the tender and young. “Too Young” to achieve success is a complete misconception.
The Female Issue
My name is Debbie Tega, a 19year old Law student, and entrepreneur. As a young Nigerian lady, I have been mentally scammed to believe that a female does not need to be ambitious, even when she has a drive, passion, ideas, and abilities.
I hear people say to ladies” why are you stressing yourself, you will still get married and sit or end up in your husband’s house” or “if you become too successful or wealthy, nobody will marry you”.
This gets so bad that even when a lady starts something or a business for herself and her hard work, drive and abilities start to surface and pay off, the wind stirs up comments like ”she’s obviously getting money from men”. THIS IS VERY WRONG.
Gender has nothing to do with success, but rather the same factors that could work for a man can also work for a woman. A lady’s ideas, drive, ability, and passion coupled with other factors as support and aids; engenders success.
If you cannot support, do not talk or create discouragement. Everyone should disregard these old believes that we held years ago.
We all should first be seen as an individual before gender comes to play. As a female, it is pertinent to understand that you are first and foremost a person.
Divinely created to fulfill destiny; endowed with the ability to drive your vision and dreams, create and build your empire, achieve your goals and provide employment for others. It is time to drop gender as an excuse, it is no longer tenable.
If as a female you have been told to put your career, talent or business ideas on hold because of your gender, this paper is solely meant to inform you that the thought process is archaic. It is time for a paradigm shift in that concept or assumption, which is no more relevant in our today’s world.
The Age Issue
Also in our today’s world, “Too Young to Venture” is a misconception. Disciplined self-starters are not determined by age, just as maturity and creativity cannot be quantified by age.
When a young person starts to assume strong work ethic and passion for what they do, all the support in the world should be provided rather than the downcast assumption of “Too Young to Venture”. My example is quite intuitive or gives a perceptive insight. I started being creative at a young age.
I made effort to balance my school work and interests, got the support I could get from family and friends, I pushed myself through the bumps, try again and again after initial failure.
This has left me with plenty room for growth and improvement in years to come and at this point, I am so glad I didn’t hide from being too young.
The old adage that ‘Age is just a number’ is a truth that should be reckoned with in business and achieving success. Some may argue and even believe that age and knowledge work hand in hand, but note that there is no standard age for mental growth.
We should recognize those that go the extra mile to read, learn, explore and know more; the talented or gifted whom we could easily call the blessed. Their dreams and visions should not be killed because the dreamer is young.
Yes, there will be challenges but instead of reducing your strength, work extra hard, draw up plans, submit proposals and lastly interact or learn from experienced persons and see how far you can go. The world is changing, there are so many young people making it and you can be a part of this revolution.
As earlier posited “You Are Too Ambitious For a Woman” and “Too Young to Venture” are misconceptions that should be discarded. Although this understanding will not change overnight, to the females and youths that have foreseen their empires, I give them three words, “Go For It”.
The barrier is mental, it is not real. We can all work hard and succeed, let us agree to do away with the mental roadblock. What is important as support, aid, and push, is creating or operating within the right and appropriate ENVIRONMENT within the Socio-economic and political landscape.
With the right environment, the sky is our start-up point. We shall all move forward and learn to LIVE AND LET’S LIVE.
Debbie Tega Akudihor was born on February 3rd, 1998 to a family of five. She is the 2nd out of 3 children of her parents Chief Gweke Akudihor and Chief Mrs. Faith Akudihor. She is from Delta State, Nigeria.
Debbie completed her Secondary School education at Stafford House International College in 2014 and gained admission into Afe Babalola University, Ekiti State, that same year, where she is currently studying Law. In 2018, She started her own Clothing Brand called Hazle which she runs on an online shopping platform alongside retail of other clothing apparels. She always established other lucrative business such as Hazle Advertisement Pitch, D.A.T modeling tutorial classes, and Fashion Blogging.
Finding passion in motivational writing and public speaking, Debbie has become a female youth to watch out for and Pioneer Youth and Gender Empowerment.