Opportunities come in different forms.
They are wrapped up in challenges and obstacles mankind must overcome in order to finally realise the first step towards a golden opportunity.
So believes Kaiva Asiasi, 32-year-old man from the village of Magiagi. Kaiva works for the Ministry of Women, Community and Development.
He believes that whatever job you are given to do, you should do it honestly and have the courage to push through the pain.
“You can’t reach a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic,” he said. “But you get opportunities along the way to help you work towards that dream.
“When you fail, try again. It isn’t a bad thing, you keep knocking, knocking, and the doors will open to you.”
Kaiva’s village is an area vulnerable to flash flooding and was heavily affected during Cyclone Evan in 2012. Two days ago, the village was flooded again.
He said it’s time something is done to protect their properties.
“Where we live is quite unsafe due to the weather most of the time,” he said. “Our plantations are vulnerable and sometimes lives are threatened.
“Most families enjoy rainy days unfortunately for us we don’t.”
Getting back to opportunities, Kaiva said these are realised when one overcomes the challenges.
“I’ve been working for the government for seven years now. It’s not easy but I work hard. In 2016, I won an award from my workplace. This year, I got a prize from Frankie’s raffle. See, God is surely awesome.
“Like I said, when we work hard, the opportunities will come.”
Kaiva supports Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s call for the population to increase.
But he said the government should also come up with a way to support such an increase.
“Children are a gift from God,” he said. “I think the government should come up with a benefit system for the children.
“I’ve seen many changes in Samoa and I strongly believe Samoa will improve.
And his final advice?
“Do your best and God will do the rest. Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts, this is the secret to success.”