Below is an inspirational story and encouragment for you.
This is taken from 100 Good stories (a book to be published by 100G).
Real Life, Inspiration and Motivational Stories for Success
Stories of 100 real life individuals who achieved success
Their Attitudes for their Success Reviewed
Stroy no 1
From Prisoner to President
Have you ever met a person who fell to the lowest status in society and then dramatically rose up to the highest position that anyone could be? You are about to hear about one such man.
Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in 2 prisons, one of which was the Robben Island prison as a classification D prisoner, the lowest status of a prisoner. After his release in 1990, his status became the other extreme --- in 1994, he became the first democratically-elected president of the country!
For his efforts in negotiating for South Africa’s democracy, he was awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, which was given only to very great men and women!
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in a small town called Umtata in South Africa. He grew up like any other South African black boy in the conditions of injustice and oppression, under the government of that time.
He studied law in university and started to bravely speak out for equality and justice for all South Africans.
The young Mandela had great courage. In the face of the law, and under the eyes of the ruling government, he stood up without fear; he declared what he believed in and proclaimed that he was willing to die for his cause.
However, in 1962, anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela lived behind bars, convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow South Africa's government. Though imprisoned for 27 years, in his jail cell Mandela never gave up his dream. He would tell himself, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Also instead of embracing hatred and bitterness, he utilized his time in prison to look inward and focus on changing himself by reading and thinking. He encouraged his friends in prison to read and study because he believed education is the most powerful tool to change one’s life for the better and to change the world.
After his release, the strong-willed man worked persistently to negotiate a democratic and equal South Africa and was eventually elected to be their president.
He passed on at age 95 on Dec 5, 2013. People from around the world and all walks of life paid tributes to this great leader whose life continues to bring inspirations to many.
If you are looking for someone with a matchless spirit, who dedicated many years of his life to his dream and who persevered until his dream fulfilled, this is the man!
· July 18, 1918 - Birth of Nelson Mandela in Mvezo in Umtata, South Africa
· Mandela studied law at the Fort Hare University and the University of Witwatersrand
· Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962 and served 27 years in prison, 18 years of which was in the notorious Robben Island Prison.
· He was released in 1990.
· In 1994, at age 72, he became South Africa’s first democratically elected president.
· In 2013, he passed away at a grand age of 95.
Attitudes for success
Nelson Mandela was not afraid to stand up for equality and democracy. He believed in standing for what was right and was even ready to die for his convictions. He once said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Are you struggling with certain fears right now? Perhaps it is the fear of failure? Or maybe someone, certain obstacles or circumstances are hindering your progress? Sometimes we need a little bit more courage to see our successes come to pass. Sometimes we need to stand for our beliefs despite what other people think. Many a time, all we need is to soldier on in spite of the obstacles or circumstances.
Mandela took time to think and read instead of embracing hatred and bitterness. Dear readers, our achievements depend on our willingness to progress instead of dwelling on resentments. Many successful people are also good readers who continuously learn and educate themselves throughout their life.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
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