Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Welcome to Blog

Welcome to our blog. Starting today, we are beginning a conversation with visitors to our portal. This blog will cover every topic from career development strategies to the state of the employment market in Africa. Africa is currently undergoing a renaissance, and we all have a chance to be part of this, and should endeavor to do so. We all have a choice: either to watch things happen or to make things happen.

We would like to share these words from a great statesman, with you all:

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”

That was Teddy Roosevelt speaking at the Sorbonne in 1910, but he could have just as easily been speaking to you and I. Friends, we all know those professional critics and perpetual naysayers that tell us: “It’s no use; it can’t be done. Don’t try. Give up. Why do you have to stand out? Just be smart and give up.”

They are an all–too–common unfortunate fact of life at work and they populate our corridors, break rooms, and company cafeterias. They lurk there, with their drag–down message of gloom and doom in the hopes of ensnaring us in their misery.

But it’s important for us to know: the naysayers are wrong, and we don’t have to buy into their message of “settling for less” and underachievement.
Because we’ve been blessed with talent; because we’ are very fortunate to be alive at a great time in the history of the African continent, and because we are one of the educated professionals in a continent where literacy rate is lower than any other continent, we have a higher purpose than the compensation that comes with our job.

We are asking all of us today to reach deeper. To use the great talents we have been given; the skills and abilities and experience you’ve developed over the years; the guts and courage that are so much a part of us, to be even greater.

We are asking all of us to make a difference in our own lives: to find that next great job that will make us even better; to stretch ourselves farther than we think it's possible; to be that person we have always known we were capable of becoming.

We are asking all of us today to be a hero. Our own hero. In the words of Barack Obama: "Yes we can", indeed, Yes we can!

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