Island scholar Sidney Jules is urging the nation’s youth to develop proper time management skills in order to reap success in the future.
Speaking at the National Youth Rally this morning Jules said time is a young person’s most valuable asset. “My simple word of advice to you is to value the precious gift of time,” he said. “How many hours we spend idling around doing meaningless things when we could be actively engaged in doing something useful such as playing sport, studying or spending time at a youth club?”
He pointed out that proper management of time is a crucial determining factor for the future. “I urge you to develop the skill of proper time management. This could be a the determining factor to your level of success in life. Therefore if you are able to make use of this skill now you are setting the stage for a successful future,” he noted.
He also said young people need to develop a sense of unity in their lives. “As a young boy growing up, I often wondered how does a car works, what it needs to happen to get it moving. When I became older I then realize that many important factors, internally and externally, causes the car to move. After reflection it dawned on me that that our lives must also run in a similar way, with unity among ourselves and our environment to get our lives moving forward. Just like the car we need to have every process working in sync with each other to get it moving,” he stated.
Jules stated that young people must work hard even when things don’t look good. “As a young person life may often seem like an unsolved jigsaw puzzle or an assembled car. It is then that we should attempt to get our lives in order, visualize what you want in life and work hard towards it but be mindful of the fact that nothing in life comes easy and nothing can hold us back,” he remarked.
He said failure should not be a discouraging factor but should be used to pursue dreams with determination and sturdy applications.
Jules graduated from the St. Mary’s Academy in 2009 with nine Grade One’s at CSEC. He was the valedictorian that year. He is also the valedictorian of the 2011 Dominica State College graduating class.