Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, has freely rendered to the youth, a tip on how to be successful in life.
Speaking with Rev. Erskine on the Y Leaderboard Series segment of the Myd-Morning Radio Show, he assessed that all through his working years, he has never had difficulty working with younger people and he went on to share one advice that he usually gave to students who have been with him.
“My whole world has been about young people. When you’re a teacher, that’s what you do so I don’t have any problem with that. When I was teaching directly, I used to tell my students that there is no shortcut to success.
You may get lucky from time to time and be bumped to a higher level but there is really no shortcut”, he said.
He entreated, “I would like young people of today to understand that success is important and that success is not simply the result of being lucky”.
According to him, the job of teachers is to open doors for the youth and these doors can be opened however, no one can push anyone through that door if they do not want to enter.
“Therefore, it is important that when doors are opened for you, you walk through and those on the other side will be able to receive you and help you more”, he added.
This is to say that teachers and school authorities, in general, will do their job shaping the youth for a better future, nevertheless, they cannot force them to go after a better future, hence they should make the best of whichever opportunity that presents itself.
By: Maureen Dedei Quaye