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Nelson Mandela: What is success?

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Over 100 leaders, many who responded to his death,commented that he truly was one of the greatest leaders of all time. During the memorial of Nelson Mandela. leaders across the world were in attendance including former presidents of the US; Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush.

Just yesterday, I was asked my definition of success and my first thought was followed by the words from a friend who had told me that she never woke with the feeling of depression or that it would be a bad day. Certainly, she had her moments where she was tired and off, but not depressed always looking forward to the difference she could make in improving herself and others.

Somehow, someway she was honest and integral in her approach to her world each day. Somehow, there was always a moment or two building the foundation of becoming a better person regardless of difficulty and interruption. And guess what....failures and mistakes were followed by accomplishment

Nelson Mandela owned the same legacy; what counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others will determine the significance of the life we lead.

This morning as I watched segments of the memorial, Obama, describes Mandela as a humanitarian that always speaks to what is best inside us. He makes me a better man.

He makes me a better woman; the true meaning of success. Speaking to the best of others. How you can never stop learning, growing and bringing out the best in others. In my writing, my words of encouragement, my smile, my never-ending promise to others that I will be someone that they can believe and trust.

That’s what I want to be when I grow up. What about you?

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