7. Share with others. Mandela has shared his life in books and through post retirement charity organizations that work on ills affecting the world today.
8. Lead from the front. When the Springboks South Africa rugby team won the 1995 world cup, Nelson Mandela presented the winnerís trophy to the Captain Francois Pienaar while wearing a replica of Pienaar’s no. 6 Springboks t-shirt. This was a symbol that served to further heal the very tangible racial tension in South Africa.
9. Let go. Nelson Mandela became President in 1994, and in 1999 chose not to run for a second term, even though he likely could have won by a landslide. He instead handed over power to Thabo Mbeki.
10. Smile. Mandela is known for his big smile when meeting with people all over the world.
11. Serve humbly. Graca Machel once said, “I found this simple man,” as she described him in 1998 just before they were married. Indeed his actions of “letting go” of a presidency, of forgiving his captors, serving tea to his guests, and many more are testament to the humility and personable nature of Nelson Mandela.
If applied, these lessons would make the world a better place and for that may God bless Mandela and give him many more years to live and inspire us.
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