Meknes - In time when negative thinking has become a rule not an exception, I feel the urge of addressing Moroccan youth in the hope to change their mindset regarding job opportunities.
Meknes – In time when negative thinking has become a rule not an exception, I feel the urge of addressing Moroccan youth in the hope to change their mindset regarding job opportunities.
I have previously said, in a letter to an unemployed graduate, that opportunities can be found, otherwise one should create them. He or she can, and I mean it. It happens sometimes, if not often, that two students who graduated in the same year and majored in the same field face two opposite destinies; one works whereas the other stays jobless for years.
I believe that the young carry an unnecessary heavy burden that remains an obstacle to their success, a burden of ready-made thoughts. In a series of articles, I shall destroy what I call the idols of negative thinking in the mindset of the unemployed Moroccan youth. The first and probably the most popular one is that of playing role of the victim.
A person who plays the victim role tends to blame his or her failure on anything in the world, except himself or herself. External factors are usually magnified. In the case of our Moroccan context, those factors range from the government to corruption to lack of opportunities. Sadly enough, some people may point to bad spirits that work day and night to prevent him or her from getting a job. The list is long and a few pages may not serve the purpose. You can just imagine whatever external creature or thing that comes to your mind, while excluding the “victim.”
In fact, being “a victim” bestows two main benefits upon the person. He or she doesn’t have to take responsibility. Some of the unemployed would reject a given opportunity just because it would hold him or her responsible for many tasks that appear to be “difficult”.
Additionally, staying in this comfort zone appears an irresistible offer. The young reject taking risks and grasping the opportunities that can only be found in several fields. This is, I believe, one of the main reasons that lie behind the low efficiency of the government’s self-employment initiatives.
Thinking this way is destructive due to the glaring fact that our thoughts shape our reality. The young are left with two choices, either to keep victimizing themselves or to say farewell to “the poor victim” within. I wonder why we shall be surrounded by negative thoughts while we have the option of looking at the bright side of life. Let’s have the courage of rejecting any attempt of victimizing ourselves. After all, as the saying goes, “we are what we choose to be.”
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