From the Chief Editor

Survival of the fittest

‘Survival of the Fittest’ — a phrase originated from Darwin’s theory of evolution, was coined by Herbert Spencer, the English philosopher. It was originally meant to explain the rule of the jungle, ‘might is right.’ In today’s world, accelerating global competition being a reality, and markets being opened up, we have actually moved into an age of ‘Survival of the Fittest’. Today there are more challenges as well as more opportunities than in the past and the whole world is a market without barriers. Yet unemployment has become a worldwide problem, and it is proving again and again that it is the ‘fittest’ that survive.

A great number of people in our country are unemployed because they lack the minimum required education and experience while many others are unemployed because they lack creativity and do not try to be self-employed. One can begin to work or be creatively self-employed and gain experience even while one is a student. In the cover story in this issue on productive summer vacations Shivani Manchanda explains various means and ways a person can make himself or herself best fit not just to survive but to enjoy and benefit from one’s life and career, She further speaks about good work habits, learning a new skill, learning a foreign language, doing an internship and other tips to grow and benefit even during one’s vacation.

Creative and self-employed youth can play a vital role in solving the current unemployment problem in the country and thus contribute to the economic and social growth of our nation. Education which motivates, guides and facilitates young students to create enterprises and generate jobs is certainly a significant developmental contribution.

There aren’t enough jobs for all in our country; the current economic policy of the government will take years to create employment for all. Hence the need for a large number of young people to explore self-employment and use their hidden potential for job-creation. One needs to be dreaming high and daring to keep oneself motivated on the path of self-employment and success. A dream, however, does not become a reality on its own. It takes determination, sweat and perseverance to transform your dream into a reality. One may find only in the dictionary that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. Keep grabbing every opportunity and stick to the one that matches your chemistry, and you will find yourself at the right place at the right time.

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John Gilbert, SSP is the former Chief Editor of The Teenager Today, India's only TeenZine.

John Gilbert, SSP

John Gilbert, SSP is the former Chief Editor of The Teenager Today, India's only TeenZine.