Book Excerpt- Nelson Mandela’s resilience

“…Why was Mandela celebrated, not just by South Africans but also around the world? Simple. His endurance. Otherwise, there were many freedom fighters who paid more dire prices including their very lives than Mandela. What made him unique and different was his courage to face seemingly insurmountable challenges. His determination to outlast all of them.

Mandela once said, “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.” The unspeakable trials he encountered didn’t break him. He withstood the setbacks he experienced believing that he would win in the end. And, sure enough, he won…” Taken from the upcoming follow-up book to The Highest Level of Greatness p. 157

The 21st C desperately needs extraordinary leaders like Mandela. The challenges humanity, your community, and organization face demand you to develop resilience. Quitting isn’t one of the words you would find in the dictionaries of extraordinary leaders. This is my hope that the resilience story of Mandela may inspire you to outlast continual setbacks…

Assegid Habtewold, Bridge Builder

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