Daily African Proverbs

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African Proverbs

We’ve all heard the saying, “If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.” But what does that mean? But, to succeed at something, you must put in the work upfront. You can’t just wing it and hope for the best. If you do, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

Take, for example, the Ghanaian proverb, “You cannot kill an elephant with bullets of wax.” In other words, don’t try to do something you’re not ready for. If you’re not prepared, you won’t be successful. And it’s true in all aspects of life, personal relationships or professional careers.

  • Do not try to do something you’re not ready for
  • Don’t waste your time on things that won’t matter in the end
  • You need to be prepared for anything that comes your way. 

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#DailyAfricanProverbs takes us to #Ghana

The Proverb says: “You cannot kill an elephant with bullets of wax.”

How true this proverb rings in today’s world, where words and actions can often seem meaningless or insubstantial. You may talk a big game, but ultimately it’s your actions that will determine your success. Likewise, one cannot simply rely on superficial methods to solve problems or reach goals. It takes hard work and determination to overcome challenges and achieve our ambitions – just as it would take far more than just wax bullets to kill an elephant. This proverb is a reminder to focus on substance over appearance and to always have the courage and perseverance to do what it takes to achieve our goals. #DailyAfricanProverbs reminds us of the wisdom in traditional African proverbs, providing valuable lessons applicable in both ancient and modern times. As we leave Ghana and move on to another country, let us take this proverb with us and apply its message every day.

  1. Do not try to do something you’re not ready for

In today’s fast-paced world, getting caught up in the day-to-day and losing sight of the bigger picture is easy. But if you want to achieve your long-term goals, it’s essential to take a step back and ensure you’re prepared for what lies ahead.

  1. Don’t waste your time on things that won’t matter in the end

One of the most important things you can do is create a plan and stick to it. Having a roadmap will help keep you on track and accountable. It’ll also give you a sense of direction when things get tough. Remember, anything worth having is worth working for. So please don’t waste your time on things that won’t matter.

  1. You need to be prepared for anything that comes your way. 

Of course, there will be bumps in the road even with the best-laid plans. That’s why it’s essential to be flexible and adaptable. It would help if you were  prepared for anything that comes your way. If you can roll with the punches and stay focused on your goals, you’ll be one step closer to achieving them.

These three pieces of advice may seem simple, but they can be difficult to remember and put into practice when you’re feeling down. However, if you start small and take things one step at a time, eventually these tips will become second nature.

On this session our special guest was Maรฏli Gasakure, the Fundraising Lead – Mama Hope dived deep into this proverb along with our audience and shared with us her current project at MAMA HOPE; ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is‘ #PYMWYMI. 

Maรฏli Gasakure enjoys analyzing and nurturing homegrown solutions to tackle global issues and being the fundraising lead has allowed her to create a positive impact on the missions that align with her vision of the world she wishes to leave to her children. She is proudly from the land of a thousand hills – Rwanda and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Global Health at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

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