I've heard a lot of people saying they wish they had known or done some things whilst they were still young. Funny enough, when someone is young, it never clicks that life has stages and each stage determines what will happen in the next. Some have made mistakes that they’ve had to live with for the rest of their lives and it keeps haunting them. So how can you live a fun but successful life? What are the principles that should guide you as you hustle your way up the ladder? Are these some of the questions you've been asking yourself? If so, then this article is for you.

The first thing you need to do is to fear God. By fearing God it doesn't mean that you have to be afraid of God. It simply means that you have to be in total submission and reverence. The fear of God comes from the desire to please Him all the time such that you cannot do anything outside His will. This means that it becomes wrong for you to take a particular action that has no approval from God. It becomes wrong for you not to see the world the way God does or talk the way God does. Proverbs 1:7 then says "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom". Having the fear of the Lord will not only help you get wise, it keeps you away from making wrong decisions that you could have possibly made. This also helps you in taking the right steps towards your God-destined purpose and success becomes inevitable.


The other thing is to seek wisdom. Wisdom can be described as the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. The bible then says in Proverbs 3:21-22 "My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck". Wisdom brings life in every area of your life and it also positions you among the great. Wisdom is not only applied on spiritual things like what most people think. Wisdom will even teach you to eat healthy (common sense) because if you are going to live for the next 90 years, you need to make healthy choices today, right now. Remember the other aspect of wisdom is in experience. If you are almost as young as me, 22 years old or even 30, you haven't seen or done much and that means you need guidance. The greatest mistake we make as humans is assuming that we know when we don't. I always say that you can never take yourself where you don't know unless if you have someone to guide you. So seek wisdom in anyway possible if you think greatness is your portion. 


Thirdly you need to make the right choices. You are the sum total of decisions you've made either consciously or unconsciously. Making the right choices whilst you are a youth will definitely have a positive impact in your future life. Choose the right friends to hangout with, the right places to hangout and the right things to do. Making the right choices doesn't mean that you have to live a boring life. Have fun but do it responsibly, knowing that you have a success journey that you are on. Always surround yourself with people who challenge you to be a better person. Surround yourself with greater minds and you'll definitely be counted among them. Getting mentorship is also another way of helping yourself make the right choices. You don't know everything so it's wiser to ask before you take a particular action.


I hope you found these keys useful. Remember that whatever you do in your youthful stage has an impact on your future. Fear God, seek wisdom and make the right choices whilst you still have the chance


Nyasha Trish Matongo




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