By: Robin Sharma
My fascination is with Icons. Titans. Heroes. And Legends...
...the great souls who accept the call to greatness we each have on our lives and rise up to their best.
On a visit to Johannesburg to deliver a leadership presentation a while ago, I had the privilege to have a private conversation with someone in Nelson Mandela's inner circle.
I learned more of his visionary nature, his rare-air discipline and his longing to be a force for good in an increasingly chaotic world.
But, what has stayed with me most is that I heard Mr. Mandela only became Nelson Mandela during his years in prison. In other words, it was the solitude, degradation, devastation and inhumanity of that time in confinement that made him who he became.
Here's my real point...
...it was the time away from the world that allowed him to lead in the world.
While he was on Robben Island, he read the books of the iconic leaders. He studied the habits of the great souls. He reflected on the key moral virtues. He transmuted hostility into opportunity. He transformed his anger into forgiveness.
And as the gorgeous result of his inner work, when he was made president of South Africa, his jailers were invited to the ceremony.
When asked why, he replied that if they were not there, he'd still be in prison (because his mind would still be in chains).
And so, I ask you with true respect...are you longing to work and live at wow in the world but walking through your days with a mind shackled by chains?
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