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So you want to fix this nation? You can!

04 March 2012, 19:30

"Small minds can’t comprehend big spirits. To be great, you have to be willing to be mocked, hated, and misunderstood. "

When I speak to people about changing the country for the better, I consistently run into the critics, pessimists and 'know better' crowd.

Luckily, I have pioneered big projects before and know the initial uphill journey all to well.

You push that massive rock, sometimes by yourself, up the hill towards the pinnacle where you will give it one last shove and watch it gain momentum.
And there they are, to your left and right, unwilling to help push but very willing to offer advice on the best way to push or sometimes even attempting to discourage you from pushing.

How to deal with it? 


 Keep your eye on the objective, take the great advice, toss the bad advice, take the encouragement, toss the discouragement.

You don't do something great without great opposition. Resistance is a natural force to any kind of lift and once you get lift, you fly! 

Without his goliath, David would never had been King.

So you want to do something great? 

Prepare yourself for criticism. Prepare yourself for adversity. Stay focused and stick to your guns!

Most will just give up at the first sign of criticism, don't do that. Criticism is just another opinion, someone else's thought on the matter. Nothing more.

Why do I share this?

South Africa needs bold problem solvers who are willing to step outside of their comfort zones and put their lives and names on the line to see positive change. 

To do this you will have to place yourself in the firing line. Some (Black and White) cling to racism like it's a human right. Some honestly believe that educating the masses is a dangerous thing for South Africa. Some in power have no desire to see the emerging market flourish.  

A big thing to take into acount is the massive cultural disparity in our nation. Most South Africans have not been exposed to paradigms outside of their second circle of influence (neigborhood) and simply do not understand that there might be a better way to see the world.

Getting them to a place where they are confident and motivated to do something about their position takes a lot more than an inspiring speech. it takes patience and a lot of wisdom (available through trial and error).

This is where 'vasbyt' comes in.

Stand your ground, keep hammering away at ignorance and eat your Elephant one bite at a time.

Nothing is built in a day. Nation building is a long game with a lot of sacrifice.


The best way to change this nation is education, education and more education.

Climb into that area, fight through the frustration and watch the magic happen!

20 million under 18 in South Africa, only 14 million in school, 1 million dropouts per year.

6 million unemployable youths and counting.

Your nation needs you, your future needs you. If every South African does not take a serious look at our situation, it is game over. 

For our children.



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