7 Things You Can Learn From Nelson Mandela

Here is a 2 minute video we can watch from CNN and BuzzFeed that perfectly demonstrates the importance of living your best life as a speaker, as a leader and as a human being. Thank Nelson Mandela for giving the world so much!

How to be a Speaker: Take away one of the seven lessons learned from Nelson Mandela and apply it to your everyday life. 

Question #1: Are you a fan of Nelson Mandela?
Question #2: What is something you have learned from Nelson Mandela?
Question #3: Would you rather be in prison for 27 years for a “crime” you believed in but be able to liberate a country from oppression after your sentence OR be in solitary confinement for 20 years but be able to cure a worldwide disease?

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At age 25, Ryan Avery became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history; competing against more than 30,000 people from 116 countries to claim the 2012 Championship title. As an Emmy Award winning journalist and a proud member of the National Speakers Association, Ryan uses his background in multimedia and speaking to help reach the younger generation on the importance of improving their communication skills in order to advance in their professional and personal life.

4 Comments on "7 Things You Can Learn From Nelson Mandela"

  • Linda Pope says

    Nelson Mandela has taught me time and time again, that one person can change the world in a remarkable way. He has used his power to make a positive difference for untold number of persons.

  • Nelson Mandela is an iconic man and I hope the world never forgets what I think his greatest contribution was: forgiveness to his ‘enemies’. When Mandela put together the Truth And Reconciliation Commission I remember being shocked and thrilled. He wanted to the truth to come out and knew how important it was on a personal and national level for each person to be released from their ‘sins’. The country needed rehabilitation and he knew that this would be the most effective road to walk.
    I know amnesty wasn’t granted to everyone but it was offered to everyone who gave their full testimony and with knowledge that the crime was politically motivated and proportionate.

    That being said I’d go for the 20 years in solitary (partially for the social experiment of what I could do with my brain in that time) to free the world of a nasty disease.

  • Ah…but Ryan, oppression IS a world wide disease.
    Repeating my response to your previous post:
    My BIG dream…to bring peace to the world. You said dream big! How I’ll do this? By becoming the best communicator I can. ALL of the world’s problems are due to misunderstandings due to poor communication. How’s that?! Oh, and I AM very serious.


  • Marc Gabris says

    In case anyone missed them the 7 lessons are:
    -Have faith in justice
    -Courage is the triumph over fear
    -With hard work comes progress
    -Take pride in your convictions
    -Show compassion to everyone
    -Be humble
    -Continue to Laugh

    And I believe there was an 8th lesson in there
    -“Its futile to be thinking about what happened in the past”

    This 8th one is particularly important to me. To me it means letting go of my own personal failures and missed opportunities, and to forgive others for theirs.

    1) My mom was born and raised in South Africa. I’m a South African American. How could I not be a fan of Mandela?
    2) Seeking revenge for past wrongs doesn’t improve your future.
    3) Definitely in prison for 27 years for a “crime.” Because from prison you can still speak with others and have a large influence for change like Mandela.

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