This is the best inspiring lessons from famous Nelson Mandela. Every person can learn valuable lessons from one of the greatest leaders in modern age. He received the Nobel Peace Prize because he had vision, persistence, leadership; he had focus, a positive attitude and many other qualities that made him a true role model for mankind.

His words of wisdom do have practical lessons that can be practically applied in business.

Read these quotes from him on beautiful images with a practical business lesson that can be learned from the quote and used in your daily life.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela

A positive attitude is essential to how we view and respect others around us. Criticism usually flows from negativity, but positivity enhances openheartedness and respect towards others. Madiba understood the responsibility that came with liberation. He embodied grace, generosity, forgiveness and humility. If he didn’t understand the essence of freedom, he would not have left such a powerful legacy. No circle of influence is too small to have a positive and lasting impact.

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future”. Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela inspires us through these profound words of wisdom to value our interconnectedness as human beings and to appreciate the power of true compassion. When we focus on the pursuit of a shared goal – a common purpose – we become so much more useful to one another and to society as a whole. Unity, especially in suffering, is a powerful force and can spark hope in the hearts of those who may be tired or despairing. Consider how this truth can play out in your business as you work alongside your team members and leading by example, especially in tough times.

Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished” Nelson Mandela

What an inspirational thought by a legendary leader! To what an extent are you convinced of the inherent goodness of mankind? Do you truly believe that every single person has that unquenchable flame inside of him? We can always yield to the better side of our nature and be ambassadors for the unquenchable life-force of goodness in us as we are inspired to do by looking at the lives of truly great leaders. Never underestimate the power you have to affect positive change.

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” Nelson Mandela

It is possible to develop an appetite for overcoming obstacles in life and in your business! It does require a positive mind set and acceptance of a universal truth: life doesn’t get any easier as time goes on; we simply become stronger and more resilient in dealing with challenges. Accept the fact that there will be many hills to climb. Do not slack off when you’ve summited once or twice and savoured the view… Don’t ever lose your enthusiasm to scale even greater heights of success in your business.

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” Nelson Mandela

Inspiring words of wisdom by a truly great leader! We are encouraged not to waste even a second to do what is right. No one is guaranteed tomorrow – not even a few moments from now. How many opportunities go to waste to bring positive change in our areas of influence at home, in our businesses or society at large? How does this look like for you on a very practical level as self-employed person? Even if you work from home, you still interact with clients and family members and can make certain choices about the way you do business. Choose wisely and maximise every precious moment.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”  Nelson Mandela

Overcoming obstacles requires the ability to break through perceived barriers around us which for the most part we construct ourselves through our fears and insecurities. Circumstances may give us reason to tremble inwardly, yet the reward for overcoming our fear is such a sweet triumph! You have the choice to allow your fears to hold you back, or to take the risk and conquer the very thing that tries to hold you back or quench your flame.

“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 that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Nelson Mandela

Finding your purpose not only has to do with discovering how you can apply your unique gifts and talents to create a product or service of value in the marketplace. You are also creating meaning for those you network with, the customers you serve and the people you employ. No one can function in isolation. You will always impact those around you by who are you and the way you conduct yourself. Always be acutely aware of the impact you have and take full responsibility for the energy you bring to daily interactions.

Madiba is one of the best examples in a leader of a positive attitude, courage and persistence resulting in phenomenal transformative power and success. In the face of overwhelmingly negative and discouraging circumstances it is possible for anyone of us to make the right positive choices and relentlessly pursue our dreams. Don’t ever accept defeat. Rise up in the opposite spirit. Positivity and enthusiasm create energy for change.

“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.” Nelson Mandela

We all have inherent personal strengths to discover and unique skills to develop. As an entrepreneur, be encouraged to not only work on your character or how well you steward your natural gifts, but also how well you communicate. It is a winning formula for sustained success and personal effectiveness. Work on all dimensions of your life and business, but make sure you value how you communicate through your person, your attitude and your words

“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”. Nelson Mandela

What do you need to be motivated to achieve your dreams? Are you possibly holding back because you fear failure – or even great success? We all have the potential for greatness, but often we’re overcome by doubts or allow the opinions or criticism from others to discourage us. You have but one life to live – make it count in every possible way you know how. Take time to reflect on what you would like your fully maximised life to look like and then go after that with all your energy and passion!