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This is life and you have problems that pull you down. Everybody has problems. Get in touch with people that have the most wonderful smiles, they will still tell you that beneath their smiles are problems. Problems are part of life and problems will always be part of life. The greatest thing in life is how you deal with problems when they enter the circle of your life, and that is what makes a difference.

Problems make you great. If there were no Goliath, David would not have been the Biblical hero. If there was no apartheid in South Africa, Nelson Mandela would not have been a global icon. If there was no racial segregation in America, Martin Luther King Junior would have been an unknown figure. If there was no colonialism, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda would not have been a liberation figure in Malawi.

The greatest successes, the greatest innovations and even greatest thinkers were created from problems. Come to think about it. Henry Ford noted that most Americans could not afford vehicles. That was a problem. He did not join the complaining masses; he provided a solution and then Ford Motors was born.

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Examine your problem; it is an opportunity for you to make a difference.

To be successful in life, you have to provide solutions. You do not just sit in front of a TV screen to watch soccer or a film; you are running away from boredom. Those people that play sports or are actors in different films only do one simple thing: chasing boredom out of your life. They make you spend your idle time with happiness.

All successful initiatives are successful when they solve problems. William Kamkwamba did not join the bandwagon of people that were complaining of drought and hunger. He developed a windmill from rudimentary products and that made a difference. Through his windmill, he irrigated the family’s farm and provided electricity. It is not complaining that matters; it is looking at problems from the inverse angle that you cherish the opportunities they provide.

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We are told that Mr. [Edward] Kalua started Combine Cargo having been fired from a company he was working for. He was jobless. He turned his problem into a solution. When Jimmy Koreia-Mpatsa was fired, he turned to writing short stories for newspapers for a living. Mike Mlombwa noted the poverty that was grinding him in his home area and he walked from Neno to Blantyre in search of a living and he made it.

Successful people have an interesting story to tell. The world was amazed when a Kenyan grandfather enrolled for primary school all just to learn how to read and write. He did not mind people’s perception. There was debate whether it was necessary for him to be enrolled or not. His problem was that he could not read and write. He did not accept to be resigned to his fate, he made a difference.

This is the time you start looking at all the problems you are facing in life positively. Those problems hid beneath them an unpolished diamond. Do not be like the type of people that complain of traffic [jam] every day they are going to work. The traffic jam is a problem that awaits their solution. It is simple; if roads are congested then start off early from home and you will reach the office on time. If traffic is congested after 5pm then work a little bit longer, thus maximising productivity. In the end, your company will rely on you; you will be rewarded with promotion after promotion.

The genesis of it would be that you were running away from congestion on the road. You have the solution within the touching distance. You only need to start seeing the world from the inverse angle.

In life, we waste a lot of time trying to change others. We anticipate that others will be the solutions to the problems we are facing. If anything, we attribute our problems to them. It is very simple; change yourself first, then all the problems will go away. If somebody looks down upon you, do not look down on them as well; smile at them and that will make a difference. If your boss does not like you, as you think he or she does not like you, do not pay back through unliking him, buy him or her a gift, and that will change his perceptions of you. Change yourself first. Remember to be the change that you would like to see.

Carry on with your dreams. Cherish the problems you are encountering. Zig Ziggler was right, at the end of the day, do not be the type of person who says ‘I wish I could, I wish I could, I wish I could. Be the type of the person who says I am glad I did, I am glad I did, I am glad I did’.

You will be of great help to the world the moment you stop complaining of your problems and start becoming a solution provider. In life, people need solutions. People have many problems and to win their hearts, provide solutions and you will make it.

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