Seth Godin’s take on Nelson Mandela

6th April 2000 Visit of Nelson Mandela to give...
6th April 2000 Visit of Nelson Mandela to give a lecture at LSE on ‘Africa and Its Position in the World.’ Held at the Peacock Theatre. IMAGELIBRARY/575 Persistent URL:… (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The internet has been inundated with posts on Nelson Mandela’s passing. I especially liked Seth Godin’s  so I have decided to share it with you. You can find the original link here.

 What did Seth Godin have to say?

A Legacy of Mandela by Seth Godin

Others can better write about Nelson Mandela’s impact on the world stage, on how he stood up for the dignity of all people and on how he changed our world.

For those that seek to make a change in the world, whether global or local, one lesson of his life is this:

You can.

You can make a difference.

You can stand up to insurmountable forces.

You can put up with far more than you think you can.

Your lever is far longer than you imagine it is, if you choose to use it.

If you don’t require the journey to be easy or comfortable or safe, you can change the world.

What do the following expressions mean?

  • A legacy: something received form someone who has died
  • To seek : to look for, search
  • To stand up to: refuse to receive bad treatment from someone
  • To put up with: to tolerate

How would you answer the following questions?

  1. How would you describe Nelson Mandela’s accomplishments to children?
  2. Who else has had such a positive impact on Humanity?
  3. What other humanitarian causes need to be adressed today?
  4. When thinking of your community, what can you do to make a change?


Great Man. Powerful Words. Big Love!



From the heart…Taking That First Step

Here he goes again…what is this telepathy or is the world just really small?

During the week, I always seem to have conversations that are in line with Godin’s blog posts. Nothing comes easy .

Even if it seems like someone has got it easy today, that does not mean they didn’t struggle at some point in their lives.

Hard work, determination, humility and being ready when opportunity knocks…that’s a winning combination. Read Seth Godin’s blog post ‘Worst one Ever” .

Do you remember your first presentation?


From the heart…Festival della Cultura Olivettiana

Olivetti Typewriter

Olivetti Typewriter (Photo credit: plindberg)

I attended the last leg of the Festival della Cultura Olivettiana yesterday that took place at ISTAO Business School in Ancona. It was a two day conference filled with top-notch speakers and insightful presentations  in honor of Adriano Olivetti who was a forward thinker, entrepreneur and innovator in Italy. RAI will be broadcasting the story of his life in a made for tv film produced by Luca Barbareschi in the fall starring Luca Zingaretti.

The final talks were made by Gennaro Sangiuliano, deputy-director of Tg1 and Andrea Merloni, President of ISTAO. Giuliano Calza, general manager of ISTAO,  was hosting the event and Luca Barbareschi made a guest appearance.

All of this to say that  I was reading Seth Godin’s blogpost  this morning and it was perfectly in line with Andrea Merloni’s comments yesterday related to institutions, laws and policies not following the times. If in the past, the system worked, today it doesn’t because it has changed. Seth Godin says it simply: Tried and False!

A policy, approach or rule could have been effective before but once a change takes over, the laws, policies and approach need to follow the times to ensure success.

If you try something and get a failure message; challenge it, fix it and move forward.


p.s. The dinner to close the festival was a blast. If you manage to attend next year, you won’t be disappointed.

Reason 4 Reading: Must-Read Books For Professionals

English: American entrepreneur, author and pub...

English: American entrepreneur, author and public speaker Seth Godin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am a sucker for must-read lists. I love reading/listening to books & getting peer suggestions motivates me to read even more. Dave Kerpen’s list is dead on! Seth Godin is my number one  as well. He is such a forward thinker and his keen sense of humanity always impresses me. I have read at least all the authors at least once.This list will definitely inspire me to read more.

Click here for the list.

If anyone feels like starting an on-line reading group, i’d be very interested in sharing some time discussing the book we choose to read together. It might stimulate us to read a little more…and that’s a great thing! It’s just a thought…get in touch if you are interested.