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10 Quotes in Celebration of Madiba Magic

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  • By Webmaster
  • 18 July, 2017

There are some people who will go down in the books of history, not just for what they have done, but for who they are at the very core of their being. One such amazing human being is Nelson Rohlihlahla Mandela, humanitarian, politician, and first democratically elected president of South Africa. Though his physical body may no longer be with us, his life force and life teachings are his legacies that live on. As we hold Nelson Mandela day in our consciousness here are just some of his quotes that have inspired and will continue to inspire generations that follow.

Lets take a closer look into the diamond-like quality of some of his thoughts and what we can take away from it.

Inspiring Quotes by Nelson Mandela:

 It always seems impossible until its done.

The lesson:

In life, we will always be faced with moments and occurrences that seem overwhelming. When we are literally standing on the edge of a moment where we need to take a decision in order to move our lives forward. Once we have the courage to act, we ask ourselves why we were afraid in the first place. This quote shows us that we should be energised by challenges and use the momentum to get us over onto the other side.


Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.

The lesson:

Self-awareness leads to a sense of inner resilience and courage that you never before knew was possible. In life we are always taught that we need to present a face that is unwavering, hard and tough as nails. True courage comes from a space when we are actually able to admit to our mistakes, forgive each other instead of wanting to grind each other into the dust.

 

You know, you can only lead from behind.

The lesson:

There is a tendency for people to want the limelight. Leadership is seen as loud, abrasive, shouting and barking. While this may seem like the poster image for leadership, is it really? Nelson Mandela advocated for something that he called shepherding in his leadership style. Which essentially meant that you allow people to be and realise their full potential, all while being the shoulders upon which they stand.

 

Money wont create success, the freedom to make it will.

The lesson:

As much as we want to cling to the comfort of a steady job and income, it isnt the finances that will help us become independent. It is creating our own sense of freedom that will assist us in doing so. From a historical point of view, Nelson Mandela in this quote is referring to the lack of agency that many people experienced during the time of apartheid, however there is a lesson for us in all of this, even now. Unless we free ourselves of dependence on systems and create structures to free up our time and energy, we will never truly experience financial freedom and success.

 

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

The lesson:

As clinical or business-like as we may be in our daily dealings, we simply cannot divorce ourselves from our humanity. The truth of the matter is that some level of emotional intelligence is required in our dealings with people. When we combine our wits, our smarts and our heart, that is when we will truly make a difference in all relationships and business dealings.


After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

The lesson:

The unerring truth of life is such that we will always be dealt with challenges. No, this is not the talk of defeat or negativity, but merely a fact that we will all have to face. Instead of feeling defeated by new challenges that come our way, we can rise up to meet the challenges that come our way and feel energised by the opportunities instead. At the end of the day, we all need to find ways to build mental resilience.


If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

The lesson:

This is both an exercise in humility and strategy. It takes a person of large character and heart to look beyond hurt, problems and challenges to actually work with people in order to create solutions. What Nelson Mandela also shows us here is that when we actually roll up our sleeves, to work with our enemies and humanise them, we have no time to demonise them.


 Forget the past.

The lesson:

Need we say more? No progress comes from people who want to dither and wallow in past hurts and negative situations. It is prudent to learn from our mistakes, but never ever to languish there.


Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

The lesson:

Too often, people imagine that change begins at the level of creating fear and intimidation. This couldnt be further from the truth. Information, education, creativity and a sense of wonder at the core are all elements that people can use to influence and create change.

 

Intervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace.

The lesson:
There are greater goals and focuses in life to be had over and above power struggles and wars. You could instead your faculties to study and improve your leadership skills. In fact when we have the presence of mind and enough self-awareness to look beyond meaningless conflict, we elevate ourselves to a higher state of being in the name of peace.

 

Why is Nelson Mandela a positive role model?

As icons and world leaders go, Nelson Mandela was and still is a positive role model for a number of different reasons. His tireless and strategic struggle against apartheid was notable, his influence and ability to mobilise  people in the name of the humanitarian cause was inimitable. However above all the biggest reasons that people, world leaders and even little children related to him was his heart and immense capacity to forgive and rebuild. 


About the author

Laeeka Khan

Media professional, senior writer and blogger at Educor Holdings. I blog about matters that relate to education and personal development. I am an out-of-the-box thinker, fascinated with perceptions of the minds eye, the power of imagination and creative learning. I am passionate about the human experience, and an avid believer in dialogue, breaking stereotypes, sharing information and the power of the arts. I also appreciate fine coffee and dark chocolate. Join me on this journey of knowledge and exploration.


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