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Who Am I to be Brilliant?

I've spent many long hours resolving my own personal struggles and insecurities which have in the past so often manifested themselves in the form of fear of failure, but the truth is that many of us have a far deeper fear than failing perhaps what scars us the most is the prospect of succeeding. 

 
These famous words quoted by Nelson Mandela have always been a source of inspiration to me and I hope they will be a timely reminder to you too: 
 
"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?"
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
You are a child of God
Your playing small doesn't serve the world
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people don't feel insecure around you
We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us
It is not just in some of us, it's in everyone
And as we let our 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."
 
Inaugural speech: Nelson Mandela (1994)
 
 
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