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Nelson Mandela Lessons for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Life

December 6, 2013 15inno 1 Comment

Here are some inspirational quotes on not only life in general, but also for innovation and entrepreneurship. They come from a truly remarkable man. Rest in peace, Madiba!

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

“When people are determined they can overcome anything.”

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

“I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.”

“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”

“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.”

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

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  1. I watched a documentary on Nelson Mandela, the day after he passed away. That was truly one of the greatest men that have influenced the world. I am re-inspired by his wisdom, dignity, courage, and faith, to say the least.
    The quote I like most is, "I have to be better than my best."
    May his soul rest in perfect peace.