Friday’s Hero – Nelson Mandela


The selection of this week’s Friday’s Hero is an easy one…. Nelson Mandela.

President Mandela changed history through dignified struggle.  I believe we soften hearts and change minds through our actions, through the way we live our lives, Mr. Mandela did this.

Nelson Mandela is a hero for our time, a man who history will record as one of the greatest ever.

The Words of Nelson Mandela…..

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

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

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

“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

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

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

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

“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.”

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

“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.”

Today as we honor Mr. Mandela’s life, may he rest in peace from a life of service and duty.  Nelson Mandela, this week’s Friday’s Hero.

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