“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is,” wrote Anne Frank in her best-seller The Diary of a Young Girl. The capacity in a human being to love, innovate and adapt to situations is far greater than to hate, destroy and restrict.
The greatest treasure on earth is not found in the gold mines of South Africa, not in the diamond mines of Russia, not in the oil fields of Saudi Arabia. It is to be found in your mind. Your mind can make the greatest inventions, discover the most hidden secrets of the universe, write the greatest book, compose the most beautiful symphony and plan the greatest business. Many great minds and geniuses rest in the graveyard without realizing their potential.
“We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance,” quipped Benjamin Disraeli. Do not wait for the opportunity to knock at your door. Opportunities come wearing the garb of glitches and hitches. Innovators and entrepreneurs make use of this secret key to unlock great opportunities in adverse circumstances. In the world today if there are more problems like global warming, they offer us golden opportunities to be successful and to become great.
Recent studies have proved that creative people are happier than others and they make others’ lives also happier and better. The recent great innovators like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Sundar Pitchai have made our lives more convenient and comfortable. Even people with more difficulties and disadvantages have turned those disadvantages into opportunities. The Australian-American Nick Vujicic, born without arms or legs, said, “I’m officially disabled, but I’m truly enabled because of my lack of limbs. My unique challenges have opened up unique opportunities to reach so many in need.”
In this issue of TTT, we have portrayed the success stories of young people who did not curse darkness but lit a lamp to make this world a better place for you and for me. The stories can awaken the sleeping giant in you with imagination and innovation which can create good news around you. Creative ideas come from putting other ideas together. Steve Jobs used to remark, “Creativity is connecting things”. People with great ideas are those who possessed a lot of knowledge from books and experiences from life. Great innovators are always voracious readers of books and magazines. The pages that follow will certainly motivate you. Wish you a happy reading!
Vincent Carmel is the Chief Editor of The Teenager Today. He brings with him years of experience in working with young people. He was actively involved with the Indore-based Universal Solidarity Movement (USM) for over three years. A great lover of the North East, he was the Director of the North East Social Communications (NESCOM), organising motivational programmes for the youth of the region.