The director general of State Intelligence Services (SIS) Ousman Sowe has inspired graduating students of Nassir Senior School in the URR on how to overcome challenges of life.
He was speaing on the theme ‘Rising over odds, triumphing over challenges, what it takes’.
In a statement read on his behalf by Abdoulie Sanno, a regional SIS director of West Coast Region, he said: “…You may now be asking how do we measure triumph or success? In reality, challenges are meant to scare us, bruise us, and even dishearten us at times.
However, we can always say I have gained something from this challenge when we learn something from it. After graduating you will face challenges that will enable you acquire important life lessons.”
He told the learners what is expected of them now that they have graduated from senior school: “You are expected to take on more responsibility.
Peer pressure and social dilemmas will be more perplex, and there will be greater social, family and academic demands.
There will be stiffer competition for career opportunities and obviously prices for all commodities, especially education, will only grow higher every single year.
“So graduates, as you climb the ladder of life and enter a new world, a world of some different kind, my advice to you is have God in you. Be true, be proactive, and show passion in whatever you find yourself doing.
“Remember anything worth doing is worth doing very well. In this way you will not only ride over all odds but you will be an invaluable resource who will be liked and respected with admiration and immense trust.
“Be objective and think ahead, identify opportunities, plan your time well and use your resources in activities that are useful and base your decisions and actions on good reasoning and the fear of God.
Give your best to anything worth doing, perform at your optimum and never settle for less. Avoid assumptions and rushing to conclusions.”
He also implored them to be creative and work to have good interpersonal skills and be ready to take on challenges.
“Always work towards improving the standing of your family, community and country. Give back to your family, community and country for you have received so much from them.
“You will inevitably take up responsibility and leadership roles in the not too distant future. I implore you to be honest, steadfast, firm, and fair and be full of integrity.
Never lose or soften on your integrity. It is the sure card that will always stand for you and see you through the challenges of life,” he stated.