Nelson Mandela Day, July 18, was designated by the UN General Assembly in 2008 as a call to action to make the world a better place. An unarguably worthy pursuit.
At Unstuck, we believe that pursuit starts with ourselves. As we each strive, individually, to be more patient, understanding, and open, as well as less critical, prideful, and resistant, we can’t help but contribute to a better world.
In celebration of Mr. Mandela, and all of us who seek to be our best selves, we offer eight inspiring Mandela quotes, paired with some actionable Unstuck advice.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
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“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.”
Read this: Are you driven by love or fear?
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
Read this: How to really shine
“There is a universal respect and even admiration for those who are humble and simple by nature, and who have absolute confidence in all human beings irrespective of their social status.”
Read this: Does being humble get us anywhere?
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
Read this: Three steps to let go of that grudge
“No one is born hating another person because of the color 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.”
Read this: How to avoid falling into the judgment trap
“I am not an optimist, but a great believer of hope.”
Read this: 21 tiny ways to stop feeling hopeless
“One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.”
Read this: A purpose guide for everyone