Greatness doesn’t come easy, it requires determination and perseverance.  It also requires tough labor in Robben Island and being jailed for more than 27 years. Nelson Mandela  or ’Madiba’ is a real life super-hero who has inspired millions and will continue to do so for future generations.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

This man was able to change the world not only because he was determined, but he had his facts right. He had his education to back his vision. Nowadays, there is absolutely no excuse for you to stay uneducated or uninformed. Go for online programs if you can’t take out time for on-campus ones. Live your dreams!

“The greatest glory in living lies in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

As a student, you are likely to face disappointments, lose motivation, and even fail. But don’t make your failure permanent. If you imagine the strength of Mandela’s resolve, you wouldn’t ever want to give up!

“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”

Everyone knew that Mandela possessed this combination – a good head, heart, and the knowledge to use his tongue and pen wisely. If you feel that you possess this combination, be determined to get the latter as well. Learn to use your tongue and pen. With your good intentions, education can only work wonders.

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

Don’t be a hater! Don’t just avoid hating humans but also inanimate objects like your education courses. Hating only consumes you, even if it’s just that math class you hate. Let go of the bitter feelings, and replace love and wisdom to deal with what bothers you.

“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.”

Playing safe will get you across the road but not over that mountain. Mediocrity can become your biggest regret. Reach out to your dreams and have the belief that you’ll realize your vision. Work hard, stay determined, and do not bow down to circumstances. Have a clear vision and no hurdle will ever dampen your spirits. Learn from this man’s experience, and never ever work below your potential.

A life of courage, education, and determination is a meaningful life. Sounds idealistic? You have witnessed a man who has been a living example and inspiration for all those pessimists out there. In the end always remember, never make small plans, they don’t have the magic to stir men’s blood.

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