Speak With Confidence

Nelson Mandela Inspiration

In Inspirator, Minor Roles on September 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm

by Gordon Fleming (quoting Nelson Mandela)

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

At each Richmond Toastmasters meeting, someone plays the role of Inspirator. The objective is to make people feel good; to share a brief, positive message that inspires people to find the best part of themselves. This was Gordon’s.

  1. Brilliant! Some people have a way of putting things in such powerful, yet simple way, it resonates with everyone.

  2. I know! This one blew me away when Gordon said it. A year later, it still has impact.

  3. Wow, I wish I had been there for that one. Such a powerful, yet subtle message. Exactly what I would expect from Gord.
    Another reason I admire, and strive to emulate, the Gord’s of the world.

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