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Learning from Madiba's life

By unknown | Apr 19, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

IT doesn't seem as if there is an end to the lessons we can take from the life of Nelson Mandela. This book is sufficient proof.

The author, editor of the influential Time magazine, Richard Stengel, takes the art of biography in another direction, away from the conventional born here, grew up there and studied there. He instead singles out aspects of Mandela's life that help him in his brief to write a book about how his subject relates to virtues like courage, bravery, patience and optimism.

What type of prisoner faces up to brutal warders seemingly without fear? One who is aware of his leadership status among fellow prisoners and is aware that his every move has a bearing on the actions of all others. And, as Stengel finds in the three years he spent shadowing Mandela, the old man is human, he has fears too.

His role in life had been to lead and in his book you do not lead by showing fear. Flying together in a light aircraft, they are informed by the pilot that one engine has died. What does Mandela do, he continues to read his newspaper.

On landing, he confesses to the biographer: "I was scared up there."

Read this and learn from "perhaps the last pure hero on the planet".


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