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Self-Growth and Success | Secondary Students

Considering that we live in a world that is constantly changing and evolving, it is important that students do their best to keep up with these changes and do their ultimate best to adapt, learn and evolve. Children who are growing up today, are faced with a rapidly changing environment which often makes it difficult and challenging to cope.

Personal development is something that we should continue to always aim for throughout our lives to be able to always bring the best version of ourselves to the table. Learning the importance of exploiting our best potential at a young age is a skill that can guide us through life; personal development never really stops if you allow yourself to grow.

Are there any tips and tricks to improve your personal development in your high-school years? Yes, there are!

Developing a sense of passion!

We cannot be good at everything and therefore it is really important that you understand what your strengths and weaknesses are. Once you are able to recognize this, it can be something that you really focus on to build your passion towards this area of expertise! Recognizing your weaknesses can also provide you with the motivation to improve yourself and involve yourself more with things you may not be so confident about.


There are so many opportunities available for youngsters to volunteer in different non-profit organizations in Qatar. Not only is volunteering something worthwhile; it is also a great way to build your personal profile which you can then use later on for university applications, internships, and other opportunities. As Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, once said,What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.”

There are a few places that would definitely be worth looking into for this:

· Reach out to Asia (ROTA program)

· Al Shaqab event days

· Ajyal Youth Film Festival

· Qatar Animal Welfare Society

· Qatar Red Crescent

Disconnect from social media and use this time to read!

Instead of reading physical books, we often find ourselves reading through our Facebook and Instagram feeds instead. However, there are so many good books out there just waiting to be picked up. Take some time each week to disconnect from technology and open up a book! Take a look at some books that reflect on personal-growth - it could help bring a new perspective and motivation to your daily-life.

Recommended books:

· How to Win Friends and Influence People

· Getting There

· The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

· A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

· The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

It is never too early or too late to start new healthy habits that will contribute to your self-growth. There are so many ways to support yourself to make a start and better yourself for your future. It all starts with the motivation to do so, and you will be on your way to achieve great things. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in Year 7, Year 11 or just about to finish high school - personal development opportunities are waiting for you to prosper.

Please do recommend any books that you believe would be beneficial for our Edison Aspire community to have a look at so that we can all work together on bettering ourselves as individuals, as a school, and as a community.

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