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What was the last time you purposely took ten minutes in a day to think about, not what you are currently doing, what will make you rich quicker or what clothes you are buying next, but about what you like, are passionate about, and will make you happy? (And those times when you see a successful person on Instagram and suddenly question your life don’t count).

Who are you?
Where are you from?
Why do you exist?
What can you do?
What is your destiny?

Those are five questions that changed and shaped Sephora Kodjo’s life, a young leader from Ivory Coast who is running SEPHIS, a successful foundation promoting girls’ education (Afrique Femme, 2018).

Those questions may look broad, theoretical or just difficult to answer. But they seem to have one (if not several) benefit: they are a good way to initiate and orientate a self-reflection.

Self-reflection is a thorough process, which is energy- and time-consuming, especially when you go from one stage of your life to another. I recently graduate from Telfer and am experiencing its deepest form in my life so far. I haven’t found the answers to all my questions, but having them in mind changed my perspective on the different events that happened in my life.

What’s your definition of happiness?
Where do you want to live?
What are your two main interests in life?
What are the things that you don’t like doing?
What do you want to be remembered for?

Those are some of the questions I have in my self-reflection process. It is not about having all the answers, it is about daring to ask yourself those hard questions and accept to look for the answers. It is accepting to grow and become better than the person you were yesterday.

I wish you to find your way in life and be happy :)


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