Posted by: Admin | July 25, 2010


When I was a child it wasn’t “done” to push oneself forward. Being “boastful” was almost as bad as being lazy, modesty was prized far more highly than self esteem. We were brought up to keep our achievements quiet and to never allow ourselves – or anyone around us – to become “big-headed”.

It was years before I began to question this creed, so I was fascinated to read this excerpt from Nelson Mandela’s Inaugral Speech as President of South Africa in 1994:

taken from Ambassadors Net

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.

We ask ourselves:

“Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?”

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking

So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously

Give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,

Our presence automatically liberates others.

Permission to shine granted! Twinkle on, people, twinkle on…


  1. Oh wow. Thank you so much for this – I have printed it off and will put it somewhere I can see it every day. It makes me glad I spent all those hours picketing South Africa House in the 80’s!

  2. […] Did that question make you squirm! I bet when I asked “What are your weaknesses?” you found that list easier to write. We’re not very good at admitting good stuff about ourselves, not here in the UK, anyhow. Most of us have been brought up not to boast, to keep a low profile, as if by showing our strengths we might somehow diminish others. (Click through to a previous post to see what Nelson Mandela has to say about THAT concept here.) […]

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