Sione Iosefa from the village of Satupa’itea believes everyone has two options when it comes to struggles.
You either sit around complaining which leads nowhere or you get up and work to improve your situation.
Spotted at the Mulifanua Wharf returning to Savaii, Mr. Iosefa explains that he works for a coconut processing business.
He explains how his hard work always leads to him appreciating some things people normally take for granted.
“I work for a family coconut business in Savaii,” he said.
“We prepare the coconuts to be sold locally and even to be exported internationally. Working in such a business has made me really appreciate the simple things in life.
“Take for example the coconut. It’s such a simple fruit but it has so many uses.
“It’s a blessing for so many families in this country. That’s what I mean by appreciating simple things.”
Mr. Iosefa added he feels blessed with a hardworking mentality. He explains that when faced with struggles, his motto is to work hard and push past the hard times.
He also places much of his trust in God to help him through everything.
“I also feel very blessed because I am paid well at my work,” he said.
“It’s true that there are times that I find myself financially unstable but there are ways around that. Samoa has land we can cultivate and family we can rely on when times get rough.
“That’s why I believe that there’s nothing hard when it comes to God.”
Mr. Iosefa explains that if you just sit around and complain about having a hard time then at the end of the day, you’re still going to be facing problems.
“If you sit around and complain about not having enough, then you will remain there and still not have enough,” he said.
“That’s why I strongly believe that rather than waste time complaining, it is always smarter to try and work until you feel that you have enough.
“Laziness leads nowhere and hard work leads to progress. That’s why I work hard with my job and see the bright side of everything.
“Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle every now and then but I just choose to do something about it.”
Mr. Iosefa also explains that Samoa’s way of life is nice and simple, so the answer to hardship is also simple. Just work hard.
“I just came over from Savaii for some personal family reasons,” he said.
“The way I see things, life is actually pretty great in Samoa. Everything is simple and we are blessed with the Samoan way of life.
“We have all the ingredients for a peaceful life and happy life. If you look at other nations who really have it rough, we are well off,” he added.