The party will end but our problems will reveal our genius

Since South Africa has historically encountered so many problems and issues, I have been glowing in the World Cup euphoria which on the balance of probability should never have occurred.

So isn’t it true that problems are in fact the best thing that can happen to countries, societies and individuals? As my favourite business Guru, Robin Sharma says, “Problems help you grow and lead to better things, both within your organisation and in your life”. Sharma quite correctly says that to resist them is to avoid growth and progress. He tells us to actually embrace and get the best from our challenges: “understand that the only people with no problems are dead”.

South Africans forget our problems quickly. It’s actually a great trait. A few months ago, many locals thought that Eugene Terreblanche’s murder and Julius Malema’s rantings were going to bring the Armageddon that naysayers have been patiently awaiting for decades.

In business, losing money is really an opportunity to improve the organisation to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. Even events such as recessions and downturns improve a company by exposing weaknesses and what the company is doing wrong.

In fact interpersonal conflicts are the key to unlocking better communication and enriched relationships. Isn’t it true that the best relationships have been forged in fire? Even more so, illness, death or separation are extremely painful but the saddest of experiences bring depth, compassion and wisdom. Isn’t it true that the people, societies and communities in the world who have faced the most painful events are often the most successful?

Isn’t it life’s great irony that the people who lead lives filled with comfort, convenience and ease are often the ones that ultimately struggle the most when problems inevitably emerge?

As Sharma says, problems actually reveal genius. “World-class organisations have a culture that sees problems as opportunities for improvement. A mistake is only a mistake if you make it twice. And world-class human beings use their stumbling blocks as stepping stones. They use their failures to bring them closer to success. They don’t see problems. They see possibilities. And that’s what makes them great”.

Pop psychology? Maybe.

But as we end this world cup period and the realities of our problems start dawning on us, we best all remember that the party always ends. How we deal with our problems and issues will really reveal who we are as people and as a nation.

PS – Here is another great video snippet from Sharma:


Thanks for reading,


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