#MCM – Nelson Mandela

Our MCM was a Noble Peace Prize winning, South African anti apartheid revolutionary politician, philanthropist and President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 as the country’s first black head of state. Our MCM’s government was focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. The legacy to whom the above belongs to is the late great Nelson Mandela.

Within his younger years, Mandela was repeatedly arrested for seditious activities. In 1962, he was arrested for conspiring to overthrow the state and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial. Mandela served 27 years in prison initially, although amidst growing domestic and international pressure along with fears of a racial civil war, President F.W. de Klerk released him in 1990. Mandela and de Klerk negotiated an end to apartheid and organised the 1994 multiracial general election in which Mandela led the ANC to victory and became President. Ideologically an an African nationalist and socialist Mandela served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.
Mandela gained international acclaim for his activism, and is still widely regarded as an icon of democracy and social injustice.This great man will forever be held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often affectionately referred to by his Xhosa clan name “Madiba” and described as the Father of the Nation.
Unsurprisingly Mandela received more than 250 honours in his lifetime.

Thus it’s only fitting that I quote Mr Mandela and encourage my fellow GD’ers to lead/captain your journey to living your best life.

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
Don’t do yourself an injustice by playing safe and settling to the standards society has pushed as the ‘norm’. If you’re a born leader and you stay in situations for safety, your life will feel redundant; you need to be stimulated with positive changes and think fast scenarios that come with leadership roles. It’s not to say there is anything wrong with living small, if that’s where your happiness resides and you prefer the simplicity of the sheer basics than continue your fulfilled life; however if you are ‘playing small’ because you’re hesitance towards the hard work it takes to live large (sidenote : one mans ceiling is another’s floor) then you are more likely to incur situations where you adopt unnecessary risks/ poor judgement and impulsive erratic decisions – simply in a bid to feel stimulated. Invest in your AUTHENTIC self and live a purpose driven life.

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
Needless to say, attaining goals is satisfying but the process of elevating by way of learning/new experiences is where the real success resides. I urge you not be be disheartened by new / unfamiliar terrain, but rather to adapt accordingly. Dig deep and take it all in stride, if your sole (soul) is in good condition; each step is easier to make.

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
GROW DAIILY .. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, better is the man who tries and experiences; than the one whose wins are limited by what’s already been done before. Mistakes/misfortunes often push us to think outside of the box, to create new operations that cover more bases; if you know what’s bad about something then you do the opposite and then some .. and suddenly you’re left with GREAT achievements and added wisdom.

Until next time be good to yourselves, kind to others and above all GROW DAILY.

Written by Karen Sherise


#MCM – Nelson Mandela

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