Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Careers & Workplace
  3. Workplace Culture

What Would Nelson Mandela and Steve Jobs Tell You To Do?

See also

The story of Nelson Mandela has to inspire you. Doesn’t it give you goose bumps. He was in prison for twenty seven years. Then, soon after his release, he becomes the President of his country, South Africa.

How do you feel in your job? Do you just show up? Sometimes do you feel as if you are in a prison? What does this mean? Maybe you feel very restricted in your work. Maybe you feel you have no input or say in anything. No one asks you for input and there is not anything set up at work where your input may be offered.

If you had a photo of Nelson Mandela nearby to look at when you are feeling sorry for yourself would this photo remind you of his story? Would a few seconds considering what it must have felt like to really be imprisoned for twenty seven years bring you back to the reality that you do not have it so bad after all do you?

Do you think it is possible you are a willing and active participant in allowing whatever you are reacting to in your work situation to take place? Why are you not the solution or offering solutions to the organization from your point of view?

Maybe you are not feeling like the photo of Nelson Mandela on your desk is going to inspire you. You might feel it is too severe and too deep.

How about a photo of you laughing? Or a photo you and your spouse laughing. Seriously, really laughing out loud, not a pose for a photo and smile type of thing. Rather a photo of having fun and laughing. You might say, we don’t do that. You might say, “I actually do not recall the last time I actually laughed or for that matter seeing my spouse laugh with me.”

Wow! How sad is that? What are you doing walking around in a coma? There is one life we have to live so live it.

Consider this quote:

“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Steve Jobs

It is my proposal to you that Steve Jobs and Nelson Mandela insist, they insist you do more. Make a move, inspire yourself and others, learn each day, lead each day.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.

Advertisement

Life

  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Video
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Camera
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Video
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Camera
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!