7 GREAT LESSONS I LEARNT FROM NELSON MANDELA!
Mandela was a great man, he changed history and affected so many lives, he fought for the freedom many now enjoy, he LIVED! His life should be celebrated and he will always be remembered for good and celebrated for generations to come! I never got a chance to meet him but here's what I learned from his life...Tweet
Live Without Regrets!
"If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man."- Mandela.
I have been speaking with Bobo about this, life is full of experiences, if something bad happens to you, learn from it, if something good happens, enjoy it. Leave no time for regrets. Regrets don't change things, it only makes you relive the experience that you're regretting. Do things you enjoy, spend time with those you love and live purposefully. You only get one chance, you only live once -YOLO!
You Need Perseverance!
"Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."- Mandela
When you're going through tough times, tough situations you have to try to see the light, the only way out of hell is through it sometimes, and you can go through without perseverance. Keep doing what you're doing despite difficulty or delay in achieving success... In his letter to Winnie Mandela in 1975 he wrote “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.”
Don't Dwell in Bitterness !
"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies."- Mandela
I think this is one of my favorite quotes from Mandela. Resentment is a total waste of time, energy and it drains your emotionally. Let go. Move on from bitter memories, stop dwelling in your past! Here's a quote from Mandela after he was freed from prison, "As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison,"...
There's a Story Behind Every Glory!
When we see great men, how do we know they are great? It is because of the things they have gone through and still managed to overcome. People always say you don't know the story behind the glory.. When you see someone successful, you need to realize that they have worked so hard for that success, it is not a day's job! The bigger the battle, the more joyous victory will be! If Mandela didn't fight against Apartheid, he wouldn't be what he is today, if he didn't go to prison for 27 years, perhaps we would have forgotten him. Appreciate your times of struggle.
"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."- Mandela
It is natural to be afraid before taking huge steps, but you have to fight fear! Fear limits us, fear cripples potential. Be unafraid, be courageous! It is best to do it while afraid! Some of the greatest things have been done while afraid, fear should in fact spur you on to succeed!
Anything is Possible!
"It always seems impossible until it's done."- Mandela
Anything can happen! Don't look at anything as difficult, no matter how hard it is, there has to be a way of cracking it! It is possible if you say it will be, you need perseverance, purpose, courage to make your impossibilities, possible. Once you can think it, it is possible, and often someone saying something is impossible is always interrupted by someone already doing it!
You Can Change The World!
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Mandela
I can change the world and so can you, by making a difference in your little space, your street, your community. Imagine dropping a stone in a pool of water, the impact spreads wide, it forms little ripples/waves. That's how it is when you impact others. Education is not just about going to school, its about learning and teaching others! It's an enlightening experience...
Thank you Madiba!
Posted by Sisi Yemmie at Friday, December 06, 2013