Nelson Mandela: Surprising lesson on appearance

Nelson Mandela

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I recently read “Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage” by Richard Stengel.

I loved the book: it’s inspiring, informative and uplifting. It’s a landmark book that transcends time periods and crosses cultures to show us a better way to live and to love our fellow human beings.

As we all know, Nelson Mandela’s life experience is truly one of the signature life stories of the 20th century – a story that encompasses injustice and resistance, imperialism and democracy, suffering and triumph.

In his childhood, he was a tribal king’s protégé in South Africa, learning the ways of an ancient people. In his adulthood, he fought apartheid – the total segregation and domination of black Africans in their own country – and spent 27 years in prison for his rebellion.

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Change is challenging, but worth it

Thank heavens for the dawn of a new year and the opportunity to put the past behind, stop the holiday excesses and think to the future.

As we use that new number on our calendars and checkbooks, we tend to think of it as a chance for new personal improvement.

However, for all of you who own your own business, we inevitably think of our new fiscal year and how we can make 2012 an opportunity for business growth.

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