We don't need heroes, we need team players

Posted by Mohammed Nazari on Monday, January 5, 2015 Under: Logic First - Emotion Third

We don't need heroes, We need team players

Author: Mohammed Nazari

Born and raised in Iran, I played Soccer as a child. Well "soccer" is the real football, foot - ball, daaaa. I love the game. Should I have been born in Canada I would have been playing the American football definitely.

World cup is the only sport event that I watch, mainly the final games.  Lionel Messe is known to be one of if not the best soccer player. He is a hero.

Watching the finals of 2014 world cup was very interesting. the game between Germany and Argentina. German team did not have any heroes, not that I know of. They played as a team. No one tried to score when not having the best position and rather passed the ball. On the other hand the Argentinean team had a few heroes such as Messe. Those heroes did not hesitate to take their chances trying to score even when they did not have the best positioning, instead of trying to pass the ball to their team mates.

Generally the whole game was a match between a "good team", the German team, versus a few "good players" such as Messe. No surprise, the "Team", the German, won, and the heroes remained heroically defeated.

If Messe was in Germany, I believe he would never become the hero that he is now. Simply because in Germany he would have to play as a team member and not getting a chance to become one single good player. However winning is more achievable by a good team than a few good players/heroes.

I would not be surprised at all if they held a match between every single German versus every single Argentinean player, the Argentinean would win as single players. However when it comes to playing as a team it is a completely different story.

The exact same applied to the game between Netherlands and Brazil. A good team against a few good heroes.

The same applies to improvements in science. We do not need Einstein, Galilee or Newtons any more. Since nowadays each masters or PHD student contributes a very small amount to the improvements in science. And no surprise, we have had the most advancements in science over the past few years than the prior thousands of years.

I believe the media as well as a society we need to avoid encouraging being a hero, and rather celebrate team work.

As a matter of fact this is why generally in the less advanced countries and communities, they tend to have or make more heroes and extra ordinaries. Or you are be the best or nothing.

Eg in Iran we created an imam Khomeini, portraying him with all good attributes and no faults at all, while in America we have president Clinton and  his Monica story. And yet we have a lot of Iranian who are or wish to be in America with a faulty presidents and not American wishing to be in Iran with perfect leader.

We are all human with faults and strengths. As a smart community we need to play as a team, using the strength of each team player. We do not need heroes with no fault, they don't exist.

In : Logic First - Emotion Third 

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A Personal Journey (Speech)

Author: Mohammed Nazari

Please find the link to the YouTube videos below

Part 1:

                               Part 2:

  •  It is amazing, when you have a big "goal" in mind, most other big "problems" look like small "challenges"       
  • Education in Canada is more practical than in the east which is more theoretical. After all you can find the theory in books or online, without needing to go to school.

Reasons for my failure as an employee:

1. Higher Canadian standards and sensitivity level  

2. My defensive behavior    

  •  Blaming  your behavior or action does not mean blaming you as a person
  • One for all, All for one

3. Inability to be honest with my own feelings  

  • Pride that has no basis, doesn't allow you to be honest.

4.  Canadian are too polite to be honest   

  •  If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything
  • Read between the lines


  •  Knowledge of higher/different Canadian standards and simply following versus questioning them
  •  Longer orientation
  •  Welcoming comments and asking for further explanation versus defending our self
  • Being honest with our feelings and abilities:

o   Acknowledging your weakness is a sign of honesty and makes you stronger.

  • Asking versus commenting:

o   Don't assume, ask question

o   Don't comment, ask question

o   Don't judge, ask question

o   When in doubt, ask question

o   When you think you know, ask questions to clarify

o Comments are not welcome, questions are

ยท         What kind of question?

1. Open ended and unbiased questions

2. Yes-No questions to clarify

When you have a car problem whom you ask for help? your Doctor, mother or mechanic.

Although this question seems silly, we make this mistake all the time, asking a professional question from people outside of that profession and building opinions.

  • Ask questions from the right person(s). The ones with proven success.


You will learn more from the successful people who can show you how to succeed.

Unsuccessful people can show you how not to fail the way they did.

 While the pathways to success are few, there are multiple pathways to fail.

Which one is easier and more effective to learn?

 Uncle Google and my cousin YouTube can help you with any questions.

Starting my own business

  •  In order to have a good society/business, good structure is more important than good people.
  •  The main sources of work/interpersonal problems are: communication and expectations.
  •  Interpersonal skills are not just talking nicely but much more importantly is to follow a structure and    framework, even if it is not the best structure.
  • Having a poor structure is better than having no structure

I would I would recommend that you ask my uncle and cousin, Google and YouTube, about the following:


  • Active listening
  •  Critical thinking
  • Yes-No question
  • Open ended question
  • how to be honest with oneself


After all My success and happiness depends on your success and happiness.

Let us make life better for all of us.