Rolihlahla’s Way

One of the best books I have read about life is Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage, written beautifully by Richard Stengel, the editor of Time magazine.  Rolihlahla, meaning Tree Shaker or a more modern interpretation “Trouble Maker”,  is actually Nelson Mandela’s real first name.

Mandela was not only a leader and a hero, a non-violent one, but also was a very special individual, with much of his character evolved and built during his 27 years of imprisonment.

The book shares his 15 life lessons:

Courage is Not the Absence of Fear

Be Measured

Lead from the Front

Lead from the Back

Look the Part

Have a Core Principle

See the Good in Others

Know Your Enemy

Keep Your Rivals Close

Know When to Say No

It’s a Long Game

Love Makes the Difference

Quitting is Leading Too

It’s Always Both

Find Your Own Garden

It is wonderful, educational and at times sad to read this book.  My utmost admiration to him for his sacrifice and what he has done for his people.

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2 thoughts on “Rolihlahla’s Way

  1. I greatly admired Mandela – he taught us the best lesson of humanity! A life lesson! I look forward to his book appear in my country to get her hands!
    Thank you for your recommendations and book review. I read the book as soon as it appears.
    Have a wonderful weekend, dear simplecherishes. Big hugs, Ştefania! 🙂

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