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The Youth vs. Themselves

The Youth vs. Themselves

The Bahraini youth are the assets in society which can transform the mundane into the innovative and are the age group capable of bringing fresh ideas to the table. They are the risk-takers who do not mind losing and are motivated in implementing the extraordinary. The Bahraini youth with their audacious dreams have the potential to bring ideas to life. Tamkeen’s Mashroo3i, Injaz’s Company Program, Youth Pioneer Society’s Fursa; all of which are programs granted to the youth in order to make their ideas possible.

In that case, why aren’t the audacious risk-takers of Bahrain bringing their ideas to the table? 

They have the tools, why are they at a standstill?

What is stopping them?

The phenomenon of “when I grow older..” has been an infectious mindset spreading across the youth. They are burying away their ideas and discarding youthful thinking deeming it to be ‘not serious enough’ and childish’. The mentality of excluding the youth from success solely because of their age is far from the reality of today.

Steve Jobs was 21 years old when he had started putting his idea to motion; sold his Volkswagen bus and had started from his garage. Today, his products are deemed as the evolution of modern technology.

 Bill Gates was 13 years old when he started putting his idea to motion; taught himself to program by making a simple ‘Tic-Tac-Toe’ game and is today one of the most influential and richest people in the world.

 Elon Musk was 12 years old when he started putting his idea into motion; started by writing a code for a space-based video game called Blastar and is today launching rockets with the aim of commercializing spacecraft.

 Many of the famous innovative ideas that have influenced the world were created by very young audacious dreamers who believed in their ideas and did not wait until they were ‘older and wiser’ to start implementing.

 So to the youth, I say embrace being a young audacious dreamer, yearn to fulfill your aspirations. We are the youth who have not yet been crippled by lost dreams but are empowered to become the assets Bahrain needs. See a problem? Create ideas to solve it. Want to change? Innovate.

And to society, embrace the young audacious dreamers and do not forget that although you may be reluctant to listen to the youthful, those youthful minds are what the assets Bahrain is urging us to embrace. 

Once this mental barrier falls, the sky will no longer be a limit.




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