A Lesson in Problem Solving: Ntangoraneurs

Go to most of the places in the world that have problems and you will hear certain people repeatedly say there is “no problem”:

Pas de problème (French)

Mei Wenti (Mandarin)

Tsy manine (Malagasy)

Ntangorané (Kirundi)

Hakuna Matata (Swahili)

The reason why certain people say there is no problem is partly because of their perspective and attitude toward problems and partly because extreme conditions create people who develop unique problem solving skills.

Go to one of the poorest countries in the world – Burundi, a place that is at war— and the word for “no problem” is Ntangorané. If you want to solve problems in this part of the world you must seek the most competent problem solvers.

These people are called Ntangoraneurs.

These people are not unique to one part of the world. They are everywhere.

Who They Are

Like entrepreneurs, they “entreprend”: they take things into their own hands. They are from the same family as entrepreneurs, but different. The Ntangoraneur is a special breed of entrepreneur. Their skills are honed in extreme environments. This type of entrepreneur is like the difference between a domestic cat and an alpha leopard.

Why they “entreprend” can be traced back to the psyche of the problem solver. Some people can’t – won’t – stand by and watch problems. They have to disrupt a problem. They have to try and come up with a solution.

Put these people in places with entrenched problems and some of them become exceptional. Those that don’t become exceptional problem solvers often die trying. What they don’t do is stop trying.

What They Do

By disrupting problems, they often confront the causes of problems. These problems can be people who tolerate the existing situation or those who create the problems in the first place. This confrontation requires courage, intelligence, and a rare, persistent force of will.

If one wants to do business in a difficult place, one must find the Ntangoraneur.

Where “Normal” Isn’t Enough

Is Canada’s north impossible to navigate? It has, after all, an extremely harsh environment where even small mistakes can prove fatal. The normal entrepreneur (the house cat) would say, “Yes – the north is, to a large extent, impossible to navigate.”

Should you fear China – a rising great power who will strip you clean and rip you off if you try and do “normal” business there? Many stories in the Western world tell of broken promises and lost hope in China.

Is Africa impossibly corrupt with dysfunctional infrastructure? Is it war-torn, tribal, and expensive? For those who go about business in a “normal” way, many sad stories emerge.

Yes, these places are full of risk. But they are also lands of opportunity – if you know the right problem solvers. Many like to use the words Mei Wenti, Tsy manine, Hakuna Matata, and Ntangorané. But few can back them up.

Those who can create the land of opportunity.

Africa, in particular, with its one billion people, is the land of opportunity when one treats its brainpower as its primary asset.

Solar Ship is embedded within a network of Ntangoraneurs. They are the key to our willpower, spirit, intelligence, and confidence. They are the key to self-reliance, peace, and prosperity.