It is impossible to not acknowledge the passing of Nelson Mandela. He will be remembered as one of the greatest leaders of all time. Here are just three things that all of us can learn from his life.
1. Have a vision. Mandela’s was clear. To unite his country, to free its people from oppression, to establish equality for South Africa. What’s your vision? What is driving you? What is the change you want to see in your world? It doesn’t have to be as big picture as Mandela, but it does have to be something.
2. Gain strength through compassion. There were times when Mandela could have used his power and influence to get square with his opponents, to seek revenge for the wrongs he endured. But instead there were many times where he chose not to. He rose above and took the higher road. His position was strengthened by the compassion he showed. Surely we can also do this?
3. Be resilient. How he stayed focused on his vision and wasn’t consumed with wanting revenge after being locked up for 27 years astounds me! He didn’t succumb to the magnitude of the challenge of uniting South Africa. He didn’t give up when things got tough. Surely, when we get knocked down, we can get up again?