Nelson Mandela spent 27 years incarcerated as a political prisoner. He
could have very easily come out of prison bitter, jaded or angry at the
world and his captors. Instead, he chose to live by a doctrine of focusing
on solutions of problems, of being part of the solution himself.
He rallied an entire nation around the idea that the past is over, there is
nothing to be gained by dwelling on it, that the future is unwritten and
what you do in the “here and now” is what will shape your future. This
philosophy allowed a nation full of frustration to let go and rally together.
It allowed a national rugby team, hated and in last place worldwide, to
overcome adversity and go on to win the 1995 World Cup.
One person focused on solutions can and does make a difference.