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Success Lessons from Nelson Mandela | Law Offices of Peter J. Lamont

Updated: Jul 5, 2022

By: Peter J. Lamont, Esq.

Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspirational figures of our time. He faced innumerable challenges throughout his life, but he always remained committed to his beliefs. As a result, he achieved tremendous success both in his personal life and in his public career. Mandela taught us many valuable lessons about success, and here are just a few of them.

I. Giving Up is Never an Option

Mandela showed us that it is always possible to overcome adversity. No matter how tough the situation seemed, Mandela never gave up. He continued to fight for what he believed in, even when the odds were against him. This is an important lesson for all of us: no matter how hard life gets, we should never give up on our dreams.

No one ever achieved anything great without enduring some hardship. The same is true for businesses. When times get tough and the going gets tough, the only way to succeed is to never give up. It's easy to get discouraged when things aren't going your way, but don't let that stop you from continuing on. Remember, Thomas Edison once said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." So don't be afraid to fail – it's how you learn and grow as a business.

We all have moments in our lives where we feel as if giving up is easier than continuing on. This can be especially true when we are battling something difficult and challenging, such as adversity or hardship; however it's important not do so because the rewards of fighting through these struggles outweigh any temporary difficulties you may face along your journey.

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” - Nelson Mandela

II. Stay True to Yourself and Stay the Course

Mandela taught us the importance of staying true to oneself. Throughout his life, Mandela remained steadfast in his beliefs. He never wavered, even when it would have been easier to do so. This is an important lesson for all of us: it is essential to stay true to our values and convictions, even when it isn’t convenient or popular to do so.

In business, it’s important to stay true to yourself. If you try to be someone you’re not, people will see through the act and they won’t trust you. Worse yet, you may start to believe your own act, and that can be disastrous in business.

But if you stay true to who you are – your values, your beliefs, your strengths and weaknesses – then people will know what they’re getting when they do business with you. They will also respect you more for being authentic than for being a phony.

III. Develop Impenetrable Determination

Mandela possessed impenetrable determination. Seemingly, whatever obstacle was placed in his path, he went on undeterred. This is an important lesson for all of us: if we want to achieve our goals, we must maintain our determination and never give up.

Mandela showed us that it is possible to achieve greatness if we are willing to work hard and sacrifice for what we believe in. Throughout his life, Mandela made many sacrifices in order to achieve his goals. He was willing to give up his own freedom in order to fight for the freedom of others. This is an important lesson for all of us: if we are willing to make sacrifices, we can achieve great things.

In business, as in life, determination is key. It’s what keeps us going when things get tough and allows us to overcome any obstacle. Determination is the fuel that powers our success. But what is determination, exactly? And how can we make sure it’s working for us rather than against us?

Here are three tips for harnessing the power of determination and using it to achieve your goals:

Define Your Goal

The first step to harnessing the power of determination is to define your goal. What is it that you want to achieve? What are you willing to put in the work to get there? Once you have a clear idea of your destination, it will be much easier to maintain your focus and push through any obstacles along the way.

Establish a Plan

Once you know what you want to achieve, it’s time to establish a plan. What steps do you need to take to reach your goal? When will you take them? Having a road map will help keep you on track and make it easier to stay determined when things get tough.

Take Action

The final step is to take action. Even the best-laid plans won’t get you anywhere if you don’t take action. So get started and don’t give up! The more determined you are, the more likely you are to achieve your goals.

Harnessing the power of determination is key to achieving success in any area of life. By following these three steps, you can set yourself up for success and make sure that nothing gets in your way. Just remember: define your goal, set a plan, and take action!


Although he faced many challenges in his life, Nelson Mandela never gave up. He stayed true to himself and to his beliefs, and developed an impenetrable determination that saw him through even the most difficult times. We can all learn from Mandela's example; no matter what obstacles we face in our lives, we should never give up. If we stay true to ourselves and stay the course, we can develop the same determination and strength that Mandela did, and achieve anything we set our minds to.

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