Life, Places and Voices

Andy Moithuti Batlhophi a returning writer is a Business Developer having had about 2 years developing concept papers for start up companies together with a year’s experience in consulting for small businesses in Equador through Pakta Consulting. Being passionate about Africa’s development, Andy aims to establish himself, within the few years, in community development.Enjoy!

It is an unfortunate truth that out destinies are subject to the kind of environment we grow up in.

At the age of 21, a child who grew up in the US is more likely to move out of their parent’s house than a child who grew up in Botswana.

This does not insinuate that a child who grew up in the US will be more successful that the other, but rather showing that different environments cause us to achieve certain milestones at different times.

In 2016, I was privileged to go on a 1 month Africa Unite Human Rights Training together with young people from South Africa, Malawi and the United States of America, based in the city of Cape Town. During the training, I went around asking some of my new friends this question:

Why is it that an average US citizen can easily outline their 10 year plan, where an average African cannot?

Before asking this question, I of course asked my new friends (Both the Africans and US based), what their 10 year plan was. As anticipated, the young people from the US answered with no hesitation whilst some of my African friends did not answer.
I asked my American friend why this was, and this is what she said;

Growing up in the states, you are constantly asked, from kindergarten, what you want to be when you grow up. From school, to home, you are prompted to always know where you are going in life. We are exposed to large building and big businesses hence why we have great ambitions. Growing up in Africa, you are mostly exposed to animals and huts, so it becomes difficult to have great ambitions. So having a 10 year plan, seems a bit far-fetched when growing up in such environments.

Personally, I am firm on the belief that, to change the life of an individual, you must first change their environment.

From the words an individual constantly hears, to the sights they see. An average child in a developed nation grows up being encourage to dream big, they grow up being exposed to high levels of achievements.

The greatest thing an individual growing up in a developing nation can do for themselves, is to work on their minds. It may not be feasible to transport every young African to developed nations, but it is definitely possible to bring the world to their minds. The introduction of the internet has made this possible.

The television programs we watch matter, the songs we listen to matter, the materials we read matter, the people we surround ourselves with matter.

The only common thing amongst great people is not their assets or net worth, the common thing in all great people, is their mind-set! Work on your mind, and you change your life. Our mind-sets are shaped by the voices we hear and choose to listen to.

With Love, AMB


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