YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally.
Muhammad Hazimi bin Haji Jaidi, 22
University of Brunei Darussalam
“My education has helped me to be able to see a different perspective … [and] taught me not to jump to conclusions and be judgmental towards others,” says Muhammad Hazimi bin Haji Jaidi, or Zimi, as his friends call him.
The president of an NGO in Brunei, he also credits his education with preparing him to be a leader. And his leadership is paying off. His NGO started a project to encourage members of a local village to collect recyclable materials in exchange for basic supplies. When he returned a few months later, he found that there was less trash scattered around. “The residents started to see the benefit of recycling. … This shows us that our project really made an impact to the lives of the village people.”
Through YSEALI, Zimi can continue to make an impact as a young leader. “YSEALI has helped me to expand my networks and further my exposure,” he says. Together with friends from Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines, he recently won a grant for a project designed to support youth initiatives for disaster prevention and mitigation.
Zimi’s tips for success:
- Follow your dreams. As cliché as it sounds, if you follow your dreams, nothing will get in your way or stop you. You will put all your focus and mindset toward achieving that dream.
- Opportunities come and go, but if you have a positive attitude, you will never stop finding opportunity. And you will also see that opportunity will never stop finding you.
- Maintain a good relationship with your family and friends. They are the ones who are always going to be there for you no matter the circumstance. Life is never an easy ride. If you fall down, your family and friends will be the ones to help you get back up.