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If you are one amazing twenti who seeks out opportunities to learn or seek support for something you do , at some point you have to prove your worthiness of what you are applying or contesting for.

Now, this post does not teach you how to win the lottery but how to increase your chances of getting chosen to attend an event, training or getting your idea to be funded and other opportunities we apply for.

If you are wondering where we to get some of these opportunities. You can get  them from opportunity desk and Opportunities for youth telegram group

1. Take time

Most of these opportunities meet us sometimes even months before .Taking time to go through the details of the opportunity and doing some background research gives you the bigger picture and helps you align yourself with the particular opportunity. Get to know what the organisation is all about and why they do what they do and hope to achieve from this particular thing they are providing.Make some notes as you do this so that you may not forget as you are applying.

2. Start early

I know this is controversial to the first tip , but most things I applied for last-minute I didn’t get . Starting early gives you time to review what you have written, make some additions and improvements. So if it is a letter of interest, a proposal or a paper you need to submit , start early and make as much improvements to it as possible . You can also have someone review your work before. Another eye may see what you would never notice.

3. Adhere to the rules .

Deadlines, things to attach , number of team members, format with which your application should be sent in, grammar , punctuation etc. Sometimes when a competition gets many entries , applications that didn’t meet requirements are trashed first to make the selection process easy. You do not want to be trashed especially when your application is Bomb .

However sometimes, you may break some rules and cross your fingers. You may apply for something you do not qualify for but is passionate about and are willing to learn, you may not send an attachment because of reasons out of your will. You may not be able to pay for an event but be passionate about it and negotiate instead.

In such cases , Luck may or may not be on your side.

It is also important to keep your eyes open and know what is going on around you , your field of work as well as what everyone is excited or concerned about. Social media is a great place to do this.

What are other things that will most likely increase your chances of winning?

On featured image is Sue Mueni , Founder of SUED Watches in Kenya which was founded after winning the BYOB Challenge .

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You know the saying it takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to destroy it, the sad truth about this is it is TRUE.
What if I told you am a doctor well-loved by my patients, have saved lives several times. The first image you will have of me is a well-rounded and respectable man. Well that was me a few years ago. I was the man. I did everything right, straight As, focused, well-mannered. Everyone who knew me wanted to carry me around like a trophy. Currently, I am a recovering alcoholic, I have practically no friends, colleagues barely answer my calls, but it wasn’t always like that, a decade ago.

alcohol addiction in my twenties
One of the most important lessons you will learn in your twenties is we all have our demons. Some it’s an ex who wronged us, others its sex, mine well was alcohol and an ex of course. For most of us, our proper relationships begin at our late teenage years and twenties.

broken relationship depression

I met a lady a few years back and unlike the fairy tales,It did not last. Alcohol was my demon and I turned to it as a coping mechanism. I drank so much when my relationship crumbled, I lost a lot of friends and let family members down.
In one year my reputation changed from a hardworking guy to an alcoholic failure. The thing is bad reputations stick more than good ones, I haven’t touched a drink in more than two years, but I still get labeled as such.

Am turned 30 this year, I feel like my twenties have flown by so fast and, yet I have changed and grown a lot. I have had my share of bad days, weeks and months and am I yet to have more. I am aware that I need to develop my coping skills and speak or deal with what bothers me instead of finding unhealthy and destructive coping mechanisms.

So, here’s my take from it all.
Mistakes are a significant part of our twenties and a better off made NOW. There are less people that might be affected by you deciding to use all your money betting on Croatia for a good number of us.

In your twenties learn to reach out to a falling friend. So many times, we see friends failing and we never say a word. Speaking to our circle of support in times of highs and obviously takes a big load of our minds and theirs too.

friendship in alcohol addiction
Success might take twenty years to achieve, don’t feel outdone. Social media is like a highlight reel of or lives. We are not seeing a great deal of the backstage to which we compare ours with.

Another thing is your reputation will NEVER recover, but its alright. People will give you a second chance, they will support you, but will remind you of your faults,  Accept your faults learn what happened has happened.

So, what should you do? Simple, wear your flaws and do not be ashamed of your struggles. Do not try to convince people your flaws aren’t a part of you. Life gets easier when you are open, it might seem tough, but you will cope.

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Why does being in your twenties feel like you have only 5 years of your life to achieve as much as possible?

Why do I feel like i have an approaching deadline for success?

There is our # asktwenties topic for today? Leave your thoughts is the comments below.

Lets get as much response as possible so we can understand this journey.

Thank you .

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