With Nelson Mandela’s death the world has lost one of the most exceptional leaders it has ever seen.
Mandela’s extraordinary global and historical significance is evident and undeniable, but what I find fascinating and makes me wonder, is what it took to overcome years of near despair and grim incarceration on Robben Island. What was it inside of him that made him stronger with every attempt to break him … I thought about other great leaders who have left a lasting legacy, like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and the Dalai Lama, who also grew stronger in spite of all efforts to break them.
Most of the clients I mentor are either significant leaders in their field already or on their way to being so. My criteria for being a leader is that they make a difference and my motivation is to teach the difference between being successful and being significant. Of course, if I could teach everyone to be as great as Nelson Mandela, it would be the equivalent to owning the secret to eternal youth. However, what I can teach is, that to make a difference and inspire greatness in oneself and others, you must be ‘In Tune’.
I talk about this in Breakthrough, my book, ‘From WillPower and WayPower to WavePower.’ Only when we relate to the world from a place of self-awareness, centeredness and coherence can we unfold and express our true contribution and Legacy, rather than trying to conquer the world from a position of pure ego. Only when we resonate with ‘truly being of service’, can we change ourselves and thus make a difference, just like the truly magnificent Nelson Mandela did.
On a historical day like today, please take the time to ask yourself: have you Made a Difference today? What would you like the people standing around your graveside to say about you? What do you want your family, friends, the people who live in your community, your country or who you are connected with internationally to be saying about you?
Once you know the answers to these questions, you will be on the way to being the best version of yourself.