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Learning From the Greats – Nelson Mandela

Updated on January 8, 2014
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela | Source

Learning From The Greats

I have been thinking about starting this series for a while, 'Learning From The Greats' where we can look at the greats of the world and learn from their courage, faith, perseverance and hard work.

In order to succeed in the business world we really need all of those virtues, as well as an enormous amount of faith that we can succeed and do something amazing with our lives.

The world is full of great people that stand as example for victory and achievement. Some of these people are successful businessman and businesswoman, as well as singers, actors, politicians, painters and public speakers, among many other professions.

We can learn something amazing from each and one of them, and draw from their experiences to find courage and belief to move forward with our goals in life and succeed.

At the beginning of December, as I heard the heart-breaking news of the great loss the world has experienced, the death of Nelson Mandela, this series came back to mind and I decided it was time to start giving thanks to the greats of the world and remember their glory.

So today, as we still mourn the loss of our hero, I want to share with you the first article of the Learning From The Greats series, and discuss the amazing teachings and inspirations that Nelson Mandela has left us with.

Nelson Mandela – Mini Biography

18th of July 1990
Mandela was born in Xhosas, Easter Cape .
Mandela was a law student at the Witswaterand University when he joined the African National Congress.
He was first charged with high treason in trial that lasted around four years.
Mandela was accused for sabotage
He was imprisoned
Mandela was sentenced to life in prison
11th of February 1990
After 27 years in prison Mandela was released when President FW de Klerk lifted the ban on the ANC.
Mandela and President FW De Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
10th of May 1994
Mandela became the first black president in South Africa and served until 1999, leading South Africa from the white minority rule to freedom and democracy
He retired from public life
5th of December 2013
Nelson Mandela died at home at the age of 95

Learning from Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela will be remembered in history as a hero and ambassador of peace and racial equality. South Africa will forever call him the father of their nation.

However, for each of us, wherever we are in the world, Mandela will also forever be a symbol of courage, faith and hard work.

If you are a reader of our blog mostly likely you are looking to either start a business online or grow and develop your current business. So let’s look at what we can all learn from Mandela, to help us in our quest to success in life.

Courage Is Conquering Fear

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear” – Nelson Mandela

In your life today you might fear the future, whether you are doing the right thing and if your goals are realistic and will come true. I think Nelson Mandela, through his wise words and heroic actions, is the proof that no matter how intimidating your next step in life is, you will succeed if you can build the strength to conquer that fear.

Everyone Can Succeed

“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do” – Nelson Mandela

Mandela was passionate about freedom and racial equality in South Africa. He was imprisoned for almost a third of his life, but that didn’t get in his way, and he even often said that he was prepared to die for this dream of his.

I think from Mandela we can learn that the root of success lies inside us, in our minds and hearts, and is defined by how passionate we are about our goals and how bad we want to achieve them. When you dedicate yourself to a dream in life, you will work for it day and night, learn about it and find a way to get to the place you want to be.

It seems that this is the secret behind the success of the greats of the world, hard work and determination driven by pure passion and belief.

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela | Source

It’s Always A Good Time To Start

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right”. - Nelson Mandela

I love this quote, because I feel Mandela is telling us to quit waiting and start now, it’s never a bad time to begin working on your dreams.

Some of you may have just finished education, college or University, and probably wonder whether it’s too early to start a business and if you should first work for a decade or two, get a house, build a family and then think about building a secondary income.

Maybe some of you are already in the middle of employment and a family, and you feel that starting a business is too risky. You may feel it’s too late or still too early.

I personally think it’s never too late, and every day is a perfect opportunity to turn your life around, change your circumstances and start working for your dreams.

Mandela left prison at 72 years old and for him it wasn’t too late to become a president, win a Nobel Prize, lead South Africa into democracy and freedom, and help charities around the world.

It’s never too late, whatever you dream to achieve, you can succeed and the best time to start is now.

"We Can Change The World"

There is so much more to learn from such an iconic person and a true giver to this world. He will forever inspire us to follow our dreams and make a change in the world.

His exact words were: “we can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference” - Nelson Mandela

Each of us can make a difference, whether we politicians with a great amount of influence and a large audience, or if we are entrepreneurs with online businesses.

Most successful entrepreneurs always refer to the concept of business as a way to bring value and create solutions for people.

Rest in peace Nelson Mandela, thank you for making our world a better place, you will never be forgotten.

We look forward to hear your thoughts, what you think we can learn from Nelson Mandela and apply to our own lives and businesses.

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