LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi Vice-President Saulos Chilima on Friday night, October 30, 2020 dazzled the nation with his lecture on ‘Mindset Change’ which he ably delivered challenging Malawians on their obsession with trivia.

Chilima made the lecture at Bingu International Convention Centre in the capital Lilongwe.

VP Chilima says mindset is a topic that is dear to his heart and is one of the enablers for transformation.

President Chakwera congratulates Chilima for “this fascinating lecture on mindset change.” 

Part of the audience at the lecture

Chilima gave a powerful 40-minutes  televised lecture which was  aimed at challenging Malawians on the need for mindset change as a precursor to personal development, national development and smooth implementation of the public sector reforms.

“We have become a nation too much obsessed with trivia. We no longer get interested in life changing discussions. We are now a cartoon nation. We need to change this,” he said.

Chilima, who is also Minister of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms, also added that other areas where this country needs to change include: Stop sheer foolishness, aborting opportunistic tendencies, challenging mediocre leadership, obsessions with negativity and, also, the culture of worshiping leaders.

The country’s second-in-command who is also UTM leader observes that  mindset is a topic that is dear to his heart and is one of the enablers for transformation.

He said: “It’s a topic we as a people must directly and fiercely engage in.”

The Veep  then shared about 12 areas where most Malawians need to embrace mindset change including:

  1. Acknowledge and embrace imperfections
  2. View challenges as opportunities
  3. Try different learning tactics
  4. Follow research on brain plasticity
  5. Replace word failing with learning
  6. Stop seeking approval
  7. Value the process over the end result
  8. Cultivate a sense of purpose
  9. Celebrate growth with others
  10. Emphasize growth over speed
  11. Reward actions, not traits.
  12. Redefine “genius”
  13. Portray criticism as positive.

Said Chilima: “We need to make a vow to do things different. Make a vow that going forward I will do things differently .

“We have an opportunity to change the fortunes of our country, today we start or we continue the debate.

“God gave us one country and it is this country we call Malawi.  There shall never be another. Let’s  embrace the spirit of doing things different ,only then we shall have meaningful development in this country.”

After the lecture, the Veep will took questions from the audience and also those who were watching online.

The Chilima therefore commended  President Lazarus Chakwera for accepting an invitation to to attend the lecture and asked the audience to applaud the President.

This was Chilima’s second public lecture as Vice-President. The first one, titled Moral Decadence was delivered at Chancellor College Great Hall in 2018 when he was Vice-President in the former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration.

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