What Nelson Mandela Can Teach Us About Life & Success

What Nelson Mandela Can Teach Us About Life & Success

I wrote this post because I wanted commemorate a legend that recently passed away. Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In his short time in this life, he brought so much positive change to his native country, South Africa. He will always be remembered for what he believed in and his work.

Here are some of the accomplishments Nelson Mandela achieved:

  • In 1943, he joins the African National Congress (ANC)
  • He was elected president of the ANC in 1991
  • He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993
  • He became the first black president of South Africa in 1994
  • Dismantled most and the rest of the old government system, Apartheid
  • He founds the Nelson Mandela Foundation in 1999
  • He turned 92 in July of 2010
  • He served over 27 years in prison
  • He has won over 100 awards throughout his life

Let us continue the discussion about the great Nelson Mandela and how he can teach us to be successful and stronger people in our own lives.


Leave a Legacy

Nelson Mandela Legacy

“If I had my time over I would do the same again, so would any man who dares call himself a man.”

What makes a man’s life worthy of a legacy is what he has done with his life. Nelson Mandela is known for accomplishing extraordinary feats in his lifetime for his own country and for his fellow brothers that he loved.

A legacy is formed when an individual initiates his own action out of the ordinary and his action benefits the human race in a positive direction. Nelson Mandela has forged his own legacy by the many iconic decisions and actions he took. Here are a couple of them. He became the first South African black president. Nelson Mandela completed the overturn of apartheid  in 1994 and was the first time that every citizen was given the right to vote.

With your own life and success you are about to attain, you might be posed with the opportunity to make historic decisions that might affect the human race in a positive way.


Never Give Up

Never Give Up Nelson Mandela

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

In order to achieve any means of success, one must never be willing to give up, no matter what happens to them. Even under extreme situations, giving up should never be in the mind of the individual.

Despite being utterly crushed from the opposition, he never lost hope and never took off his eyes from the prize. In the many prisons that he called home for many years, Mandela was abused and lost many privileges that we can take for granted in our everyday lives. Over the years, everything probably seemed impossible to overturn the racist government for Nelson Mandela.

He never gave up under any circumstance he found himself in. One day, he realized that he did it and it was done!


Become a Leader and a Voice

Become a Leader

“There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way.”

Successful people have become fearless leaders in their own lives and the people they are around. They are not afraid to stand for what they believe in and put aside discouragement from the people around.

Nelson Mandela’s life mission and goal was to create change in a country corrupt and extremely racist. In order to accomplish the change, he must gather supporters and lead their goals in the same direction that he had them. A leader must become a measuring stick for his supporters to measure their belief. In order to become a leader in your own crowd, the individual must  become confident in his own decisions and always be a step ahead of his supporters.


Always Learn

Always Learn

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

Leaders in any industry or aspect of life have the most knowledge of their work and a great horizon of knowledge of many other things. Successful people must have knowledge of the past and the present in order to initiate successful decisions in their own lives.

Successful leaders like Nelson Mandela absorbed the most information and knowledge from the education he received or the education they created themselves. Even when tortured in prison, he never gave up his everyday habit of studying the theory he based his work on. During his time period in prison, he even worked on his studies to pursue a degree!

Never settle and always strive to land farther than your competition, even when you fall.


Be Humble

Be Humble

“I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.”

To talk about a goal is to cheapen the accomplishment of it. Many successful people and leaders, while climbing up the ladder of rankings, never talked about what they accomplished at the current moment or didn’t mention what they were trying to accomplish. They just went in stride and worked really hard, quietly.

Nelson Mandela, in order to become a legendary leader, must serve the same supporters he won over. He understood that in order to gather a following to champion his cause, he must completely relate to the struggles of his fellow brother and supporter. Because of Mandela’s exhibited humbleness that attracted his suffering brothers to his cause, Mandela was able to accomplish his goals of changing his country’s laws and becoming the president of it one day.


Constantly Look Forward

Constantly Look Forward

“Forget the past.”

No matter what happens to a person, he must always forget the past and push forward in his journey to success. If a person is always disappointed with his past, he has never looked forward and wanted to change his life for the better.

Nelson Mandela, through the many negative situations he’s gone through, would have never been able to get to where he wanted to get if it weren’t for his push forward. The first step in dropping all the weight of guilt from the past is, what Mandela said, “Forget the past” and move forward from this day forward. He understood during those harsh times that only if he could keep his head up and look forward to tomorrow, there was no way he could fail and never try again.


Embrace Positivity

Be Positive

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. “

There is never an overrated work like “positive” to successful individuals and maybe to yourself. Unfortunately, negativity rules the world and society, but it should never abide in your heart and the hearts of successful people who are looking to positively change the world.

Again, Mandela would have never seen the light of day and his accomplished goals if it weren’t for his positive mindset during the struggles and dark periods of his life. Through his quote, fundamentally, he was an optimist who based his work on the positive changes he would like to see happen in his native country, which eventually did happen. He will always be remembered for helping his people obtain fairer lives and initiate positive changes that will stand the test of time.


Believe in Yourself and What You Stand For

Believe in Yourself and What You Stand For

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.”

You should never doubt yourself, especially your work in creating a more positive life for yourself. If you don’t stand for your own self, then you will be swayed and controlled by the folks around you or the circumstance that may befall you.

Nelson Mandela never allowed his situation to take the best of him. Even though there were great doubters around him and there were some supporters who never fully believed in him, Mandela never changed his beliefs and was positive that his ideas were going to be implemented one day in his own corrupt country. Though he was thrown into prison and all of his current work was dismantled up to that point, he continued to believe in himself and fought for a country where every single person would become a free citizen with equal opportunities.


Which is your favorite quote that was said by Nelson Mandela?
Why do you think he is an important man in history?
What quality Nelson Mandela portrayed would most help you with your life?

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Samuel Pustea

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  1. poorblogger

    Nelson Mandela is legend..
    His achievement is very great and become legacy not just for South African people but all around the world

    • Samuel Pustea

      Yes he is! A legend!

      Thank you for your comment and spending some time here!

  2. TechJunk

    Hi! Samuel, This post caught my eye today and really great tribute from you to a legend and I loved reading~!
    Specially you managed that quotes awesomely :)

    • Samuel Pustea

      Thank you!

      I appreciate your comment and visit to Internet Dreams today. :)

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