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Take 5: Nelson Mandela Edition

It’s amazing, isn’t it–how a single life can be an inspiration that carries on and makes a difference long after death.

In honor of Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at the age of 95 (but will surely live on), here are five quotes of his wise words, with questions they can inspire us to ask ourselves–to make the most of our own single, precious lives.

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Where in your life are you playing small right now? What would playing big look like? What life are you capable of living?

Nelson Mandela“It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.” 

In what ways are you letting where you started hold you back from aiming higher? What would it be like to let go of those limitations?

“One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.” 

What could you accomplish if you truly believed it would happen?

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” 

What personal “falls” are you judging yourself or others for? What “falls” do you need to forgive yourself for, to rise from, or even to celebrate?

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

What has happened in your lifetime that used to be impossible? What impossible thing are you meant to do?


Think only certain people have the power to make a difference?

Here’s what the wonderful Seth Godin has to say about that.

Here’s what I have to say about it.

Live every day of your life. Be the change.

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