5 Ways to Reverse Youthful Mistakes

By Brenda Schmerl

1. Getting sunburned frequently

While the damage can’t be reversed, smart skin care from this point on reduces the odds of skin cancer, and limits further wrinkle and spotting potential. So keep using sunblock, wear a hat and sunglasses, and moisturize frequently. It all helps.

2. Getting drunk a lot

Healthy living eventually repairs most of the damage of excessive drinking from years past. For example, in one study of nearly 1,600 people, former drinkers’ risk for cancer of the esophagus dropped to normal after a decade. But that means living healthfully today, and limiting yourself to no more than one serving of alcohol a day.

3. Smoking marijuana frequently

While damaged lung tissue won’t regrow on its own, you were born with lots of lung tissue. Stop ALL types of smoking, and lead a healthy life, and in time most, if not all the health risks you may have caused, will fade away.

4. Having major injuries

You often can compensate for old injuries in ways that will greatly reduce future health hassles. If you had a serious leg, knee or ankle injury as a kid, or have leg or joint pain now, have your doctor measure your legs to see if they are the same length. If not, a simple insert in your shoe can remedy the problem.

5. Having many sexual partners

For most women, all that’s left of their past sexual encounters are memories—hopefully, good ones. Just be sure to get routine testing for the HPV virus that causes cervical cancer. If you’re sexually active again, protect yourself by taking both an HPV test and a PAP smear now. Also, ask your gynecologist about the HPV vaccine.

Source – Reader’s Digest

7 Lessons You Must Learn from Your Mistakes Before You Turn 30

By Casey Imafidon

In life you will make a lot of mistakes. And mistakes may not be so bad after all. Mistakes are an essential part of growth. I have had my own share of mistakes. And if I had to look back at my 20s perhaps I would have loved to do things differently. I would have loved to take more risks or fight more battles or have a go at more ventures. Truthfully before you turn 30, you would have enough energy to spare. As you grow older your passion and enthusiasm may begin to wane, but this is always the time to look back and know what you had gotten right or what you had gotten wrong.

Here are 7 lessons that could be life changing, should you learn them before you turn 30.

1.They won’t teach you everything in school

I have to admit it, school may be overrated. While some may argue this, it is important to know that there are a lot of skills you would acquire outside school that would be beneficial for your long term success. Influencers like Robert Kiyosaki, James Altucher and Grant Cardone have argued the importance of getting a formal education. The truth is that self-education would make you the fortune you desire and not the diploma or the college degree. But this is a lesson you would learn along the way, at least before you turn 30.

2. It is not about what people think

People’s opinion doesn’t matter. Only your opinion matters. Most times what you attempt to do may not conform to conventional methods. However you should understand that our goals and aspirations are all unique to whom we are.

If I was to look back now I will focus more on not worrying so much about those things that are out of my control, and people’s opinion is one of them. So according to Gary Vaynerchuck, “learn to focus on your shit.” You would learn that the spotlight was never on you and they were probably consumed in their own problems anyways. So why make a big deal of their expectations of you?

3. Life is not fair

It really has never been a fair game and will never be. Good things do happen to bad people and bad things do happen to good people. You may wonder why you have to be the victim many times, but that doesn’t really matter. You have to learn to be responsible for your own actions, and never let what other people influence the goodness in your heart. Sometimes the bad guy will win or the sly guy will take be the one who gets the deal rather than the hero. It is life, sh*t happens. Have a proper mindset though. How you deal with the bad stuff and move on could be what defines your character and make you a person of impact. Always win in your heart.

4. Failure is good for your learning process

Yes no one likes to fail. When you are younger and in school, it is somehow wired in you that failure is bad. And those who fail come last. But in the real world that is not always how it works. Failing forward and seeing every failure as a learning process propels you for growth. You are better prepared for future aspirations when you have failed. As far as you don’t stay down, but can rise again, you will survive. By the time you turn 30, you would come to understand that failure is not so bad after all. Those who have failed more times are better prepared to handle success.

5. Money isn’t everything

You are young and could be excited about the freedom money gives you. But money isn’t everything. In business money shouldn’t be what you put foremost. According to Adam Legas founder of Nanodyr8, “We are here to be a river and not a reservoir, so let money become a tool to help you achieve your dreams. Rather than focusing on just money, focus on value.” Think of how you can contribute to your environment. Think of how you can connect with others and solve their problems. Build relationships and cherish those you already have.

6. Take care of your body

Undoubtedly your body is your vehicle to success. If you take care of your body right, it will take care of you too. Most people when they are young may not comprehend how their body could impact their success. But trust me, your body does it for you. The effect of alcohol on your body is different as you grow older. It is imperative to take care of your body so you can embrace the success you desire. Exercise. Not because you want to impress anyone or to burn calories, but because you will feel good when you do. You would reduce your stress and improve your mental abilities. Besides a little bit of physical activity for your overall well-being isn’t such a bad idea.

7. Learn to live with purpose

As we grow older we may have to direct our energy and time appropriately. When we are young we seem to be everywhere. When I was young I seemed to be carrying so much on my shoulder. I was living a life and doing things because I thought I should them. Going to school, getting a job, getting married or having kids seemed the right thing to do. But sometimes we need to have a clearer perspective of those things that we really want or those things that we do need. Saying no to a lot of things is not such a bad idea. And as you grow older you discover that is not about working more or living less but it is about doing those things that essentially made you happy. It is about finding a purpose and living your life along a well defined path.

Conclusion

You shouldn’t be wary of making mistakes. Don’t let the mistakes you make overwhelm. It is essential you do make mistakes. But your focus should be on learning from these mistakes. The mistakes you made when you were 20 shouldn’t be the same mistakes you make when you are 30. Taking those big steps in your career, business and life may require guts and doing what is necessary. The mistakes you have made in the past serves as a compass to making the right choices.

If I were to look back, do I regret the mistakes I made? No. It served as the ideal lesson or tutelage for me to achieve success and embrace the goals or aspirations I set out to accomplish. Yes please do have a journal. The age 30 is pivotal to your career growth and how far you will go. So you should be able to realize those things that didn’t work out right for you in the past and use this knowledge in setting future goals.

Life should be lived. Believe in yourself.Understand that the master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried. Making those mistakes isn’t so bad after all if you are willing to push on to greater heights with consistency, determination and resilience. Good luck to you as you journey to the top.

Source – Motivation Grid

5 Mistakes to Avoid as a Young Entrepreneur

BY MICHAEL MATOUSEK

Just because you’re a young entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to make inexperience-related mistakes.

Starting a business at a young age is simultaneously exciting and challenging. Even though I had taken an entrepreneurship class in college, when I started my company Flashnotes.com my lack of experience undoubtedly led to a few mistakes. But all of them were invaluable learning experiences on the path to success.

For those who are starting their journey young and are perhaps still in school, I’d like to share some advice on mistakes to avoid as you work to build your business. From pitching your idea to others to hiring employees with relevant skill sets (as opposed to your friends), I have provided some initial thoughts on what I’ve learned on my journey as a 20-something entrepreneur and CEO. In particular, these are the top five mistakes I made that you should avoid so your business can succeed — and you can have the confidence to make your vision a reality.

Mistake #1: Thinking your age matters.

It doesn’t! If you’re willing to put your blood, sweat and tears into building something truly great, the only thing that will matter is if you execute. Don’t be timid about expressing your ideas because of your age. It’s these new and fresh ideas that are shaping our future — don’t wait and miss out on your turn to create change. Also, don’t blame your age or lack of experience when you lose a deal. Chances are it wasn’t your age, it was because you didn’t convince potential partners or investors of the value of your idea.

Mistake #2: Failing to focus.

You need to have a clear set of goals and objectives — and stick to them. Some ideas, even if they sound great, might need to be put on the back burner to prevent you from losing your focus. Avoid chasing “shiny baubles” and stay the course. If something doesn’t directly help you achieve one of the goals and objectives on your list, just say no.

Mistake #3: Not understanding you can’t do it all yourself.

Instead of trying to wear 10 different hats and insisting you can do it all as your business grows, hire a great team to help you. Empower them with your vision — it will be necessary for success and create an amazing environment where everyone is working towards a similar goal. There’s also no shame in asking for help or advice. You should always be willing to learn from those who have a type of expertise that you might lack.

Mistake #4: Not talking about your idea because you’re afraid of copycats.

Don’t be paranoid that someone will steal your ideas. When I first started Flashnotes.com, I hesitated pitching it at conferences because I thought someone would just copy it. But the reality is that not everyone has the drive to really see it through. And how are you supposed to grow your web traffic and customer base if you’re secretive about your great idea?

Mistake #5: Hiring your best buds.

Don’t just hire a friend because you like hanging out with them. Hire a friend if they have a relevant skill set, and if it’s the right move to help grow your business. It’s also important that everyone within the office — including you — can work together effectively and accept constructive criticism, without it being misconstrued as personal.

For those of you who’ve started companies before, what mistakes would you add to the list above?

Source – Businesscollective

5 Mistakes to Avoid as a Young Entrepreneur

BY MICHAEL MATOUSEK

Just because you’re a young entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to make inexperience-related mistakes.

Starting a business at a young age is simultaneously exciting and challenging. Even though I had taken an entrepreneurship class in college, when I started my company Flashnotes.com my lack of experience undoubtedly led to a few mistakes. But all of them were invaluable learning experiences on the path to success.

For those who are starting their journey young and are perhaps still in school, I’d like to share some advice on mistakes to avoid as you work to build your business. From pitching your idea to others to hiring employees with relevant skill sets (as opposed to your friends), I have provided some initial thoughts on what I’ve learned on my journey as a 20-something entrepreneur and CEO. In particular, these are the top five mistakes I made that you should avoid so your business can succeed — and you can have the confidence to make your vision a reality.

Mistake #1: Thinking your age matters.

It doesn’t! If you’re willing to put your blood, sweat and tears into building something truly great, the only thing that will matter is if you execute. Don’t be timid about expressing your ideas because of your age. It’s these new and fresh ideas that are shaping our future — don’t wait and miss out on your turn to create change. Also, don’t blame your age or lack of experience when you lose a deal. Chances are it wasn’t your age, it was because you didn’t convince potential partners or investors of the value of your idea.

Mistake #2: Failing to focus.

You need to have a clear set of goals and objectives — and stick to them. Some ideas, even if they sound great, might need to be put on the back burner to prevent you from losing your focus. Avoid chasing “shiny baubles” and stay the course. If something doesn’t directly help you achieve one of the goals and objectives on your list, just say no.

Mistake #3: Not understanding you can’t do it all yourself.

Instead of trying to wear 10 different hats and insisting you can do it all as your business grows, hire a great team to help you. Empower them with your vision — it will be necessary for success and create an amazing environment where everyone is working towards a similar goal. There’s also no shame in asking for help or advice. You should always be willing to learn from those who have a type of expertise that you might lack.

Mistake #4: Not talking about your idea because you’re afraid of copycats.

Don’t be paranoid that someone will steal your ideas. When I first started Flashnotes.com, I hesitated pitching it at conferences because I thought someone would just copy it. But the reality is that not everyone has the drive to really see it through. And how are you supposed to grow your web traffic and customer base if you’re secretive about your great idea?

Mistake #5: Hiring your best buds.

Don’t just hire a friend because you like hanging out with them. Hire a friend if they have a relevant skill set, and if it’s the right move to help grow your business. It’s also important that everyone within the office — including you — can work together effectively and accept constructive criticism, without it being misconstrued as personal.

For those of you who’ve started companies before, what mistakes would you add to the list above?

Source – Businesscollective

World News: Indonesian youth boiling sanitary pads to get high

By Venessa Nyasio

A new bizarre wave of drug and substance abuse in Indonesia has left people worried and completely tongue tied thanks to the extent youth are going so as to get high.

TUKO.co.ke understands a large number of merrymakers have turned to boiling sanitary pads so as to get a temporary rush.

According to Dailymail, the teenagers have taken to this peculiar habit as it is a cheap and readily accessible source of stimulant.

The drug users boil either used or unused sanitary towels then proceed to gulp down the drink which has been described as bitter but highly effective.

They then feel like they are ‘flying’ and often tend to hallucinate after partaking in the unusual hallucinogen.

Some have even gone as far as boiling used nappies and drinking the liquid.

A teen who is a loyal user of the new drug said the pad first needs to be unwrapped then dipped in boiling water for an hour or so.

It is then left to cool after which the sanitary towel is squeezed till all the liquid pours out of it.

The teens then proceed to drink the water which leaves them inebriated.

“The used pads they took from the trash were put in boiling water. After it cooled down, they drank it together,” Senior Commander Suprinarto, head of the Indonesian National Drug Agency said.

Source – Tuko

Uganda youths resort to smoking grey hair so they can grow old faster

By Erick Kombo Ndubi

– The youths are befriending the elders to get the grey hair from them

– They mix the hair with opium and and smoke as narcotic drugs

– They want to grow old faster for them to benefit from senior citizen government grant

Elderly people in Katakwi, Uganda, are now walking with their heads fully covered, scared of youths who have decided to forcefully shave their grey hairs.

Jobless but arguably smart youths are now smoking grey hair of the octogenerians so that they can grow old faster to benefit from the government’s senior citizen grant.

Katakwi district community liaison officer, Oduko, issued a warning to the elders asking them to be careful with young men who befriend them, reported Uganda’s New Vision.

“I warn the old people to be vigilant and be wary of young men befriending them because they might soon resort to cutting off your heads so that they get grey hair,” said Oduko.

According to Oduko, who doubles up as officer in charge of Katakwi Central Police Station, the youths mix grey hair or soot with opium and then smoke as narcotic drugs.

Oduko said the officers realised the new trend during community policing meetings in various areas in the district.

He said the youths have been getting the hair from saloons and others have been befriending old women to get the precious commodity from them.

The police officer expressed the young men were interested in enrolling into the senior citizen government grant which offers KSh 700 every month to people above the age of 65 years.

“The youth claim that now that there are no jobs, its better they grow old so that they begin benefiting from the government money meant for elders,” Oduko said.

Source: Tuko

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Kenyan youth among innovators at rotary fete

By Fredrick Oginga

SUMMARY

A Kenyan and five other volunteers from around the world will be honoured as Rotary People of Action’s Young Innovators

Shadrack Nyawa from Kilifi County has been picked for his water and sanitation project

A Kenyan and five other volunteers from around the world will be honoured as Rotary People of Action’s Young Innovators for their strategies aimed at addressing humanitarian challenges both locally and globally during this year’s Rotary Day set for this Saturday at the United Nations offices in Gigiri.

Shadrack Nyawa from Kilifi County has been picked for his water and sanitation project. He noticed that children in 76 primary schools across Ganze were always waiting in long queues to use few toilet facilities. This affected their education by consuming their learning time.

In collaboration with Rotary Club in Kilifi, he set out to address this problem.

The club has so far built 11 blocks of six toilets each, with hand-washing stations and water tanks in six different primary schools in the Ganze area.

Mobile money transfer system for refugees

Paul Mushaho, a Democratic Republic of Congo native living in Uganda, will receive an honorary award for his money transfer service, which helps refugees from Congo, Burundi, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda and South Sudan, receive money via mobile phone from family and friends outside Uganda.

The 26-year-old information and technology graduate moved to Uganda in 2016 after fleeing violence in his country. Using a transactions ledger and seven cell phones, he runs the only mobile money transfer service in the refugee camp and also changes currency. Mushaho has taught farming skills, provided sewing machines for women groups, volunteered in maternity wards, organised tree planting and poultry projects, and provided mentoring for young people in the camp.

The Ocean CleanX

Ludovic Grosjean, a 29-year-old engineer, made it to the list after he developed a technology dubbed The Ocean CleanX, which helps to monitor and remove pollution from waterways. The innovationincorporates tools that use artificial intelligence and drones to remove plastics and other pollution from waterways and detect their source.

Interconnect Mentoring and Inter-Generational Projects

Albert from Viena Austria is receiving accolades for his programme which pairs a member of Rotary Club with either a member of Interact, Rotary’s programme for young people between 12 and 18, or Rotaract, which covers ages 18 to 30, allowing them to learn from each other, share experiences, and take part in service projects for a year. He has an ongoing project, which aims at building houses for families left homeless by the Bosnian War.

Innovative New Beginnings

Through her programme, ‘Innovative new beginnings’, Colombian lawyer Ruth Castro is teaching 170 women prisoners vocational and business skills and empowering them to create new opportunities for themselves.

She is also the co-founder of Digitally Connected, a platform which unites 430 Latin American experts studying online challenges facing children and young people.

Full Soul

The sixth innovator, Christina Hassan – a public health specialist from Canada – runs a programme known as ‘Full Soul’, which addresses lack of facilities for safe and sterile childbirth in Uganda by training midwives and supplying safe, sterile childbirth equipment to local hospitals. Her initiative has ensured an increase in the number of safer births and decreased mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Source: Standard Media

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Ten recommendations by President Sisi in 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) closing

By Noha El Tawil

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi delivered a speech in the closing session of the 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) in Sharm El Sheikh whereas he announced 10 decisions in relation to recommendations by the conference’s participants.

1) Aswan is named the capital of African youth for the year 2019. This year, the MAAS will convene to examine challenges and issues.

2) Sharm El Sheikh will be the meeting point of African and Arab states integration.

3) The National Academy for Youth Training and Rehabilitation is assigned to set mechanisms to train Arab and African on leadership in the political, economic, and social realms.

4) All Arab states should conquer that the right to live is a human right, and unite to provide aid for terrorism and violence victims.

5) The formation of a research group observed by the WYF administration to study the impact of social media use to benefit from its positive effects and avoid its negative influences.

6) State institutions must collaborate with participants to set a strategy to raise awareness on water security.

7) The launch of an international initiative to train 10,000 youths on gaming and app development, and to found 100 companies in Egypt and Africa.

8) All state institutions must collaborate to establish a regional entrepreneurship centre in Egypt to provide different types of training needed.

9) The formation of a committee to run the Humanity Revival Memorial to become an international organization that preserves human values and provides support for terrorism victims.

10) The Cabinet is assigned to form a committee comprising the ministries of social solidarity and foreign affairs, and concerned state institutions to review the NGOs law holding a social dialogue and examining the experiences of other countries in that domain.

The 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) concluded on Nov.6 by presenting recommendations and honoring youths who made remarkable achievements in different fields. Dozens of panel and roundtable discussions took place on Nov.4 – 5.

The opening held on Nov.3 featured four key speakers who are Yazidi Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, founder of Egyptian Streets publication Mohamed Khairat, Zondwa Mandela, and Hany Milad Hanna, son of the author of the “The Seven Pillars of Egyptian identity” book.

On the sidelines, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated the World Youth Theater, the Reviving Humanity Memorial, Start up Vein, and Freedom. E. In addition to more than 5,000 youth participants, the forum’s sessions were attended by foreign and local high profile delegates.

Source: Egypt Today

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World Youth Forum (WYF) success, thanks to multiple young efforts, coordinator

By Egypt Today staff

In the speech she gave at the closing session of 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF), the public coordinator of WYF, Aya Ateya, was keen to express her mixed feelings due to the closure of the International event.

Ateya expressed her happiness after saluting the Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and his Sudanese counterpart, Omar El Bashir, as she witnesses the final day of the WYF, also she said that she feels a little upset for ending the exceptional event.

“Allow me to say that success is never an easy thing to achieve, we all know that, but through this experience I learned that no one can solely succeed, and this is the true magic of success,” Ateya said about the significant outcomes of the WYF.

The young female addressed the challenges facing the young individuals in Egypt as they are attempting to balance between their enthusiasm and common sense, a predicament faced by all generations, she explained.

“We can say that the success of the WYF is a series of successes that started with an initiative by His Excellency the President to announced 2016 a year of Egyptian youths,” Ateya added.

Ateya attributed the WYF’s success to the mass efforts exerted by several young Egyptian prodigies. Ateya praised the attendees for their contribution as well in the success of 2018 World Youth Forum.

“We can say that the success of the WYF is a series of successes that started with an initiative by His Excellency the President to announced 2016 a year of Egyptian youths,” She added.

Ateya further said that the success of the annual International event of WYF started two years earlier, when President Sisi announced that the year 2016 is the year of the youth in Egypt. Sisi’s initiative led to two significant steps, the presidential program to qualify the youth for official posts and the annual events organized by promising young individuals, added Ateya in her speech.

“I stand here today, not because I love giving speeches, on the contrary, I merely speak on behalf of a very big team that contributed to the success we witness today… all of you are part of this team,” Aya Ateya.

“The president’s initiative paved the way for the existence of the young prodigies who organized the annual World Youth Forum,” WYF Public Coordinator Aya Ateya .

Moreover, she commended the Egyptian leader’s decision to assign young people to organize the international event, as an affirmation to the responsibility he lays in young people.

“The World Youth Forum was created to tell youths all over the world that their time has time,… when Mr. President decided to sponsor the conference and send the invitations under his name, he was telling world leaders that the time for young people has come.”

Ateya concluded her speech by promising the continuation of the international event, as long as communication between the youth all over the world lasts.

“There is no such thing as an easy success, you must encounter obstacles, and even if you had to start all over again, all these pressures will make you search within your inner self to reveal and harness your true potential and strength to move on and succeed.”

Source: Egypt Today

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Sisi calls for establishment of African Youth City in Egypt

By Lolwa Reda

During a session titled, “How do we build future leaders?”, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called for the establishment of an African Youth City in Egypt as part of the recommendations of the second edition of the World Youth Forum.

The city, Sisi explained, would not only allow African youths to participate in international conferences in Egypt but will also receive African youths throughout the year.

The aim of establishing the Youth City of Africa in Egypt is to talk with the youth of the African continent and to qualify them for leading positions, explained the Egyptian President.

“Egypt is interested in the experiences of the youths and its success,” Sisi said, continuing, “We will make one of the recommendations that we make this the ‘City for African Youths,’ as suggested during this session. I hope that the committee that puts down the recommendations, put this recommendation.”

The second annual edition of the WYF will tackle two main axes: peace and development. The forum will bring together 5,000 youths represented by 60 delegations from across the world to explore key issues facing their generation, and determine their role in implementing the global development goals and in facing terrorism.

The first axis will discuss reconstructing post-conflict countries and societies, the role of world leaders in achieving peace, the duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance and counter-terrorism, and the Euro-Mediterranean partnership.

The axis of development will include topics related to energy and water security, empowerment of people with disabilities, the role of voluntary work in building societies, the agenda of 2063 African Sustainable Development, digital citizenship, the role of art and cinema in shaping communities, ways to build future leaders, and means of shrinking the gender gap in the work force.
The WYF 2018 agenda

According to the agenda of the World Youth Forum, on Nov. 1 and 2, the forum witnessed pre-workshops related to the “agenda 2063: The Africa We Want” and “Empowering Persons with Disabilities: Towards a More Integrated World.”

The opening of the World Youth Theater took place on Friday, November 2. The actual discussion sessions are planned to start on November 4, where participants will discuss a number of issues, including differences among cultures and civilizations, the role of world leaders in building and sustaining peace, the role of soft power in countering ideological extremism and terrorism, and Day Zero: Water security in the wake of climate change.

On November 5, the sessions will tackle the role of entrepreneurs and start-ups in global economic growth, rebuilding societies and states after conflicts, narrowing the gender gap in the labor market and humanitarian assistance: A global responsibility in the face of challenges.

The forum’s closing session and the announcement of the World Youth Forum 2018’s recommendations will take place on Nov. 6.

Source: Egypt Today

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