As a member of Africa Youth Leadership Forum at Bishop Stuart University and student leader, I find myself learning daily not just, but how a world changes every day.

For any man to rise he must have a foundation, it was not far that I realized my foundation was built from AYLF. Day by day, step by step, from fellowships to small groups then new friends and cannot forget that word “your network is your net worth” till I was brought to simple illustrations “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John C Maxwell and the “7 habits of effective living” by Stephen Covey and I saw that a better me is a better world.

From the third habit “Putting First Things First” I found it most important, for anyone to make a better world it starts with oneself. A habit of how you use your time…how you organize yourself.

  • It is about Prioritizing, execution and integrity of maintaining consistency
  • It is the discipline of “Personal Management” or what some call “Self Leadership”

As a student of computer science, innovation and creativity in information technology are my way to go but I realize just like a leader I have to live exemplary and this will help other people besides that I may inspire them for a better world not just in I.T but all friends.

The first law of leadership “law of lead” The ability to lead is the “lid” that determines a person’s effectiveness.  The lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid on his potential.  The better a person is at leading, the higher the lid on his potential for achievement.

But everywhere you look you can find examples of success being limited by lack of leadership.  For example, Steve Wozniak was the brains behind Apple in the 1970s, but his leadership lid was low.  By contrast, Steve Jobs’ leadership lid was high, and he built a world-class organization out of Apple.

A belief of one person can transform the whole world, one does not always believe things because they are correct. Sometimes we believe things because they make us look good to the people we inspire, mentor and care about.

I thought Kevin Simler put it well when he wrote, “If a brain anticipates that it will be rewarded for adopting a particular belief, it’s perfectly happy to do so, and doesn’t much care where the reward comes from  whether it’s pragmatic (better outcomes resulting from better decisions), social (better treatment from one’s peers), or some mix of the two.”

False beliefs can be useful in a social sense even if they are not useful in a factual sense. For lack of a better phrase, we might call this approach “factually false, but socially accurate.” When we have to choose between the two, people often select friends and family over facts. Therefore a better me for a better world starts with your belief and people besides you.

Making a better world is also about one’s success and being successful is luck but just like the Law of Gravity, which cannot be broken but rather will break us if we don’t respect it… in the same way success is like a law of life. It must be like a principle to live with. People always count on our successes and these will in turn go back to people.

We must know and accept change if we want a better world, Therefore, it is high time each of us decides to become an agent of change, and by that, I mean to be the person you want others to follow and respect. We can all contribute to making this world a safer, happier and more joyful place by living our lives to the best of our ability and leading by example. And there are a few ways of doing this

  • Be true to yourself

·         Live in the moment and appreciate all that you have.

·         Actions speak louder than words. Therefore, act in a positive manner, no matter what.

·         Find a cause or mission you truly care about and get involved.

·         Lend your hand to those who don’t have one. If you see someone who needs help but is afraid to ask, don’t be afraid to offer a hand.

·         Interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence and feedback loops, measure, compare and Adjust

·         If something bothers you, speak up. Especially if you witness someone being mistreated. Don’t be too afraid to voice your opinion in important situations.

·         Last, but not least, be the change you wish to see in the world. It is really that simple. If we choose to be a spectator, just imagine how many in this world choose to do the same? Instead, choose to act.

Progress often hides behind boring solutions and underused insights. You don’t need more information. You don’t need a better strategy. You just need to do more of what already works for a better a better world.

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