Who Else Wants to Leave a Legacy Like This? Powerful Photo of Mandela

Do you want history to remember you?

I believe that deep down we all have that desire. We truly do want to change the world and we want to be remembered. We want to leave a legacy and to “put a dent in the universe,” as Steve Jobs so famously said when he started Apple.

What does being a history maker look like? This:

Photo of Nelson Mandela and Child Pose Lady about Mandela: “…we will be your legacy.” Who will be your legacy? (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook

This is one of the most powerful pictures I have ever seen.

It’s of a man who changed the world.

The 2 Secrets of Great Leaders | The Pygmalion Effect

Do you want to know the two underlying secrets of great leaders?

I learned them from a 2000-year-old Roman poet named Ovid. You may be familiar with his character, Pygmalion, from the play Metamorphoses.

Believing in others - Pygmalion Effect
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The First Secret of Great Leaders

In his play, Pygmalion was a sculptor who was able to simply look at a piece of marble and see the sculpture inside of it. He could see the beauty inside of a piece of stone.

That’s the first secret of great leaders. Like Pygmalion, they can see the hidden potential inside of others that no one else can. They see the best in others, like Nelson Mandela.

“I’m Just” | Two Words You Must Stop Saying

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It’s time to play a little game I like to call “Vocabulary Elimination.”

There are two words you need to stop saying:

“I’m just…”

Stop Saying These Words
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I’m just a janitor.

I’m just a programmer.

I’m just a bus driver.

I’m just a stay-at-home mom.

I’m just _______.

I hear so many people say these two words and completely downplay their purpose to humanity.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela and his Six Life Lessons

The world truly lost a legend yesterday.

Nelson Mandela was a champion of principle. He fought for what he believed in and left a legacy for the entire world.

Life lessons from Nelson Mandela

Last night, as the news broke of Nelson Mandela’s death, I tweeted:

How is it that a man in his position could rise to worldwide prominence? How is it that hundreds of years from now, people will use the words “modern-day Nelson Mandela” to describe another man or woman? And how can we leave a legacy like he has?

Odds are that none of us will ever go through what Mandela went through in his life. He spent 27 years in prison, often in conditions so dreary and dark that it led to him developing a case of tuberculosis shortly before his release in 1990. And yet we can all learn six powerful traits from him.