Nelson "Madiba" Mandela without doubt is one of the most inspiring figures to have lived on this earth. Although he wasn't some great general, inventor or founder of a religious faith, Mandela embodied the greatness of the human being. Rising above dire social, political and human limitations, Mandela showed that anyone with a simple belief and commitment to that belief can become great.
With many examples of bad leadership, pervasive poverty and corruption, there is seemingly little that is inspiring about the African continent for many young African like me. Yet all over the continent, there are good people who by the example of their commitment to doing their best, continue to serve as inspiration for their families and communities. Nelson Mandela is one of such. By his beliefs and actions, Mandela and countless Africans show that anyone irrespective of their background can rise above any limitations to become great.
Sacrificing the usual trappings of a normal life; freedom, family and personal comfort, Mandela spent 27 years in prison for daring to live up to his beliefs, speaking up for and insisting on the rights of other black South Africans. He underscores the importance of personal courage and sacrifice in the pursuit of our ideals and visions. Mandela's actions teach us to that it is our right and responsibility to live a truly authentic, vibrant and purposeful life. He teaches us to stay true to who we are, stretch the boundaries of personal limitations and social restrictions in order to live our best life.
Gleaned from the example of his life, the ten lessons (plus one) in this e-book will inspire you to be the best version of yourself and live the life you were meant to live.