Africa’s first Professor Extraordinaire and Author of the world’s first all-inclusive Supply Chain Management Compendium, Professor Douglas Boateng, has advised the youth to endeavour to learn new things when they move to new territories in the world.
He observed that usually, the youth tend to associate with people they are already familiar with when they move to new territories. However, doing so will not contribute to their personal development.
In an interview on the Y Leaderboard Series with YFM’s Rev. Erskine, he advised: “Go to new territories with an open mind. Be prepared to learn and adjust. I have seen it in London, South Africa and New York. We as people tend to sometimes stick too much to our own when we go into societies. You don’t learn from your own. You might learn something but not that much”.
He charged that the youth must stop associating with only Ghanaians when they move abroad. “You will learn something from your fellow Ghanaians but will that be enough for you to be able to translate that into something in that society that you are in? We need to be able to move around and explore. We tend to be too rigid in our thinking in terms of what we really want so we stick to our own. We box ourselves into a corner unnecessarily”, he added.
Prof. Boateng furthered that this principle of open-mindedness can be applied to any aspect of our life; adding value to ourselves.
By: Alberta Dorcas N D Armah