Last week, I wrote on the plight of South Africa. South Africa is still in my scope of focus. For good reason. Just three days ago, the world marked Mandela Day. A day named in honor of the South African-born, larger-than-life, global peace icon, Nelson Madiba Mandela.
He is many things to many people. Leaders like President Obama are on record saying how his incarceration is what spun them into advocating for change and eventually seeking public office. Mandela is synonymous with peace and reconciliation. After he stepped down from the presidency, he committed himself to championing this cause world-over till his last day.
As I was reflecting on his legacy, I came across something by Dr. Stephen Covey. In his best-selling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he writes:
"There's an intrinsic security that comes from service, from helping other people in a meaningful way. One important source is your work, when you see yourself in a contributive and creative mode, really making a difference."
There’s no doubt that Mandela made a difference, and then some.
What is it about what you do that gives you joy about your work?