How Nelson Mandela Inspires Us to Be Better Human Beings

By Kris Deichler, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

“You have a limited time to stay on earth, you must try and use that period for the purpose of transforming your country into what you desire it to be; a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist country.”

- Nelson Mandela

The hallmark of a really great legend and inspiring leader is their desire and ability to live according to positive and inspiring values that help define their character. They put self-importance aside and make their life about expressing the qualities they care about.

Nelson Mandela was a man who dedicated his life to living his values. It gave him an inner-strength and certainty that helped see him through the most challenging of experiences.

In living according to a positive and up-building value system we can better guide and apply ourselves beyond the human faults and weaknesses we all have. Our values give us a measure we can keep coming back to that holds us to a higher standard and sets an example for others to do the same.

The video below helps highlight some of the ways in which Mandela saw the world and the values he upheld that led to the kind of admiration and respect you see at the end of the clip.

  1. Never think you are too good to learn and improve. While in prison, Mandela sought out the council and advice of those more experienced, talented and knowledgeable than him, to learn from and mastermind with.
  2. Always respect yourself. No one will respect you if you don’t stand up for your own dignity and respect as a human being. It’s not arrogance, but a healthy value we place on ourselves that allows us to show others they have this too.
  3. Put the higher good above your emotions. Mandela shares how he had to work to reconcile his emotions and put aside the anger, bitterness and resentment he felt towards those who had oppressed him, for the greater good. In doing so he was able to successfully negotiate a peaceful way forward for his country.

What was the biggest thing that stood out to you from the video?

Share in the comments below as that will give you an insight into the values you resonate with...

Check out our other reports on Nelson Mandela here:

Nelson Mandela - His Fight to Be An Ordinary Man

Mandela & The Springboks - How Rugby United a Nation

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