Triumph Over Fear

Nelson Mandela

By Deniz Raif

Nelson Mandela once saw an Africa where apartheid would finally be abolished and every man would be free and equal.(1.) He had a lot of opposition from individuals and organizations all over the world. Mandela's journey did not go on like walk in the park. He faced many obstacles along the way and individuals who will opposed his movement yet he kept on going.   

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it." -Nelson Mandela(2.)

Mandela meant that everyone is scared of things but only some can overcome the fear and do what they were meant to.  He was put in jail and rather than being afraid of more punishment he fought harder. His work paid off and he became a great leader for the apartheid movement in Africa.

"There is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson(4.)

If you always listen to the negativity of others, nothing will ever get done. When doing something controversial, not everyone will support that vision no matter how right it is. Obstacles will stand in the way indefinitely unless courage is gained to knock them down. When a person knocks down that negativity, they have true courage.

Mandela was not get discouraged at the first obstacle. He fought and broke down the walls every time he felt like giving up. Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison before he was elected President of South Africa.(3.) Faced with such a huge setback; he never gave up his vision. Mandela has courage and free thought by following through on his ideas that put him on terrorist lists. He didn't do what others were doing and that made him a nonconformist.

Nelson Mandela influenced many people by standing up for what he believed in and dedicating most of his life and safety to gaining justice. Nelson influenced people of the African race and all Negro citizens by teaching others that they should stand up to defend themselves and not conform into other people's ideas. Nelson stopped slavery and created a new era, where everyone had equal rights.

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