Daily African Proverbs

Don’t Set Sail Using Someone Else’s Star

Don’t Set Sail

People mistakenly believe that focusing on themselves first is selfish. They think they should be focused on others first and foremost, and everything else will fall into place. However, this could not be further from the truth. Focusing on yourself first is one of the most important things you can do.

In life, it’s important to forge your path. It would help if you didn’t rely on someone else’s success to achieve your goals. Instead, it would help if you created your life path and footsteps. It’s also important to be your own person and make decisions. Don’t let others control your life.

  • Be the best version of yourself
  • Let everything else fall into place.
  • Set an example for others.

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#DailyAfricanProverbs takes us to #South Sudan

The Proverb says: “Don’t set sail using someone else’s star.

African proverbs often contain a wealth of wisdom, and this #DailyAfricanProverb from South Sudan is no exception.

Essentially, it reminds us not to rely on others for direction in life.

We all have our own “stars” or paths to follow and to try to use someone else’s as our guide will only lead us astray.

Trust your own instincts and find the way that works best for you, rather than trying to mimic someone else’s journey. African proverbs like these offer timeless advice that can apply to people from all walks of life.

Better ditch the comparison game and set sail using your own unique star.

1. Be the best version of yourself

You can’t pour from an empty cup. To be there for others, you must take care of yourself first.

It means you must focus on your happiness and well-being before anything else. When you are at your best, you can be a better friend, partner, employee, etc.

Forge Your Path in Life to get clarity of what you want. 

  • You’re more likely to achieve your goals because you’re not relying on someone else’s success. 
  • You’ll learn more about yourself and what you can achieve. 
  • It gives you have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world around you. 
  • You’ll be happier because you’ll be doing what you want to do instead of what someone else wants you to do.

2. Let everything else fall into place.

If you are unhappy with your current situation, it is essential to remember that you have the power to change it. The first step is always focusing on yourself and what you can do to make the situation better. Once you have taken care of yourself, everything else will start to fall into place.

Be your own person and make your own decisions because it:

  • gives you control over your life
  • allows you to grow and make a positive impact  
  • gives you quality authentic life
  • makes you happier

3. Set an example for others.

It is important to remember that we are all connected. You inspire others to do the same when you take care of yourself.

It can also help to build trust and create lasting relationships. People are more likely to listen to and follow someone who they see as a role model. So, by setting a good example, you can have a positive impact on those around you.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to be perfect. We all make mistakes. But, if you’re honest about your mistakes and show that you’re learning from them, you’ll still be setting a good example.

Ultimately, setting a positive example is about living your life in a way that you’re proud of. So, be true to yourself and don’t be afraid to show the world who you really are.

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