The Chief Executive Officer of Activa International Insurance Company (Lib) Limited, Atty. Saye D. Gbalazeh, has challenged youth, especially students to remain positive and stand firm when faced with challenges.
“Adjust the way you view any problem and see it simply as a challenge that can be easily overcome and turned into opportunities,” Attorney Gbalazeh told scores of students hailing from Nimba County over the weekend. He further admonished them to view all challenges as delayed opportunities.
Gballazeh was the guest speaker at Stella Maris Polytechnic induction ceremony for officers-elect of the Nimba Chapter of the Student Association.
Himself a son of Nimba whose father once served as Chief Justice of Liberia, Atty. Gbalazeh observed how Liberian students are faced with numerous challenges that require perseverance, patience and commitment for one to surmount before reaching his or her goal.
Speaking on the topic, “Turning your Burden into a Bridge for Growth,” he urged the students to turn their respective burdens into bridges to future opportunities.
“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encounter heart-breaking obstacles before they triumph. They won because they refused to be discouraged,” he told the students.
“The difference between successful people and those that settle for mediocrity is that the former see challenges as things to overcome, while on their way to success, and the latter see them as reasons not to even try.”
“As students, many of you are miles away from home. I once sat in class rooms just like you and am quite aware and can empathize with some of the challenges you encounter each day.
“You are on a journey and have come to this great institution in search of education, experience and opportunities.
“While in pursuit of these, you will stumble upon many obstacles in some instances. You may continually be faced with challenges you would perceive as insoluble and may get to the verge or border of giving up, but I call on you not give up the hope to succeed,” said Mr.Gbalazeh.
Those inducted are Darleh Mehngonzeh, president, Wilma Kwaizah, vice president, G. Leon Pay, secretary-general and Austin Waie, assistant secretary-general. Others are Jemima Dunah, financial secretary, Patience Zomoway, treasurer and Christopher Mylemon, chaplain. President Mehngonzeh vowed to ensure that the welfare of the student body would be prioritized.