Madiba’s Words To Our Young Sportsmen

One of the greatest leaders to have walked the face of this earth, Nelson “Madiba” Mandela – former president of South Africa passed away on Thursday night at his home as the age of 95. As the whole world comes together to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of this icon they are lessons to be learnt by our young sportsmen from his words.

In a letter to Makhaya Ntini on his 100th cricket test for the Proteas, Mandela wrote, “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” 

For our growing sportsmen the quote above will probably be the easiest to comprehend as it is directly linked to sport but we have put together a few other quotes from the great leader that you will likely hear being used as pep talk in changing rooms around the world – from Ellis Park right down to schools.

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment”

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“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.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“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.”

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up”

“One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.”

“Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport.”

“It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.”

“Keep your friends close — and your rivals even closer.”

“Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?”

Copyright © 2010 From Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations