The teachings of Nelson Mandela

The teachings of Nelson Mandela  are already present in his last speech before entering prison Mandela said:

I have dedicated my whole life to the struggle of the African people. Fought against white rule, and I have fought against black rule. I have cherished the ideal of a free and democratic society in which all people live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal to live by and which I hope to see fulfilled. But if necessary, it is an ideal for which I am willing to die.

Nelson Mandela , also known as Madiba , has been considered a hero and in some cases elevated to the select position of divinity. He was a person whose symbol of  sacrifice and union led him to win the Nobel Peace Prize .

In his trial in which he was sentenced to life imprisonment, he did not plead guilty as his only guilt, he said, was  fighting for human rights and freedom.  He was guilty of fighting unjust laws and fighting for his oppressed people.

Anyway, Nelson Mandela also has a dark side.  He spearheaded the decision to resort to armed struggle. He was not always an angel and even put his ideals before his family. How when his son asked him why he didn’t take care of him at night and he blurted out that he had many children to take care of, in clear allusion to oppressed South African children.

He fought for his ideals and he did so from the conviction of achieving a just country even if he had to resort to violence.

Only at the end of life can it be known whether a man has been happy.

He spent 27 years in prison and it was undoubtedly in prison that he got his education for life. Mandela, the resentful prisoner who was neither upset nor resentful about being confined during the best years of his life in prison, endorsed the principle of “understanding is forgiving all.” Even more so when his great task was to unify a heterogeneous country. He became who he wanted to be: the father of the unification and disintegration of apartheid in South Africa.

To sum up your determination it is necessary to know some of the guides that made you strong.

The Teachings of Nelson Mandela


His theory was that leaders must not only lead but must be seen to lead. It meant not accepting any preferential treatment and doing the same tasks as everyone else. There was nothing unworthy about a leader .

Mandela saw leadership as leading people in a certain direction, usually changing the direction of their thinking and actions. The way is not to get ahead and say “Follow me”, but by delegating to others or pushing them to get in front of you. A good boss does not express his opinion pompously and orders others to follow him.

Madiba, saw in the West how people struggled to be successful and outperform others; his African model conveys the idea that each other empowers each other and that everyone gives their best through the selfless interaction of others.

To be a good person

He considered that almost everyone is good until proven otherwise. He believed that if we think well of people, they are more likely to show their best . I knew that there is no one who is totally good or totally bad.

Optimism and Humility

You sure remember Mandela with a smile from ear to ear. And I was looking for the positive , the constructive. He chose to overlook the negative. According to Madiba: After winning the enemy, never gloat. It is at the moment of your greatest triumph that you must show the most understanding . Do not humiliate them under any circumstances. Let them save face and then your enemy will become your friend.

“I don’t think it’s healthy for people to think of you as a messiah. If they do, there is only disappointment. They have to know that leaders are flesh and blood. That’s what I want you to think of me. If he believes you are a savior, his expectations are too high. Let them think you are a hero, okay, but not a legend. “

Know how to say no

Nelson Mandela was clear that it was very important to know how to say no . He considered that not doing it at the time meant that later it would be more difficult. If someone has to be disappointed, the sooner the better. Offering an excuse only serves to provide the other person with a reason for discussion, and experience taught him that people cope better with a firm no than an ambiguous one.


Mandela quite rightly said that miracles, if they exist, are the work of men; it is hard work and discipline that helps steer things in the desired direction. You cannot  rely on luck or divine intervention.

This article serves to pay tribute to a successful person to the person who mentioned: Do not go to the brain of the people, but to the heart.


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