Over the past several years, Bangladesh has been seeing a significant change in engagement of youth in business leadership. Textile and apparel being around 40 years old industry requires a boost now for achieving the next level of transformation. In this regard, Bangladesh Textile Today, working for 10 years to change the mindset and culture of the industry and its associated people, organized ‘Textile Youth Leadership Summit-2018’ with the theme “Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Transformation” on the day of its 10th anniversary on 12 January 2018. Mohammad Abdullah Zaber, Deputy Managing Director, Zaber & Zubair Fabrics Ltd. was present there as one of the special guests where he delivered an inspirational speech to stress on young leadership. Here is the speech for those readers who want to know what is ‘success’ in the viewpoint of one of the most successful young entrepreneur in Bangladesh.
Some words will never be spoken, some stories will never be told. Youth is the age you are broken but turn into gold. Youth is the age when soil can be made into gold. Since I am in textile sector, I will share with you some of my experience and observation in this regard. I am an optimistic person and hold a very high hope for the country and future of youth. I have my own reason to believe that the world is becoming more diversified and distinct in all regards. Take example of china, which has more billionaire than United State, previously it was unimaginable.
Bangladesh is graduating very soon from least developed country to developing country. India is following us in garments sector and we are weaving at China’s neck with our robust demand in garments sector. We are the second largest in RMG sector and it’s not very far that we become the highest exporter in the world. In front of me I see such an army of youth and pre-quote that I cannot they say world never stop trying, never stop believing, never give up, youth they will come. Take Bangladesh as an example, Bangladesh is moving forward with a great speed. In 1972, foreign currency reserve of Bangladesh was only 270 millions, now it is about 33000 millions. You are our future leader, we have come this far and now the responsibility goes to you.
I hope you will not let us down. Life is not a bed of roses. You have to be creative, innovative overall there is no alternative for hard work. You people may be interested to hear success stories. My advice is “do not read success stories, you will only get a message. Read failure stories, you will get some ideas to get success”. Confidence and hard work are the best medicines to kill the failure and making that your success. On the dead bed Abraham Linkhon’s mother said, “Be something Abraham”, this “Be something” become inspiration to him, the driving force, which elevated him from Lord House to White House. Yes my dear friend, “be something”, hardworking be a remark. ‘Success’ is when your signature becomes autographs. You are your destiny. Your destiny is the story of your life. You get to tell the story in your own way. Of course, life is full of many barriers in your control, but at the end of the day, you determine the action that influences your path.
Remember, as the wise man says success is 99 percent desperation and one percent inspiration. In the end, I will say something, which regrets such a lively workforce finished their education priority to bank, MNC, FMG, FMCG Company and buying house rather than factory floor. Trust me textile and RMG sector has a very bright future. People realized that without this robust textile sector, no other business can survive, late alone its MNC, FMG, FMCG. Come, join us latest take our country to that apex of new highest through the Textile and RMG sector.
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