Politics, business and culture wrap up for 2013 - Nelson Mandela - Image source: Malmö Museer

Politics, business and culture wrap up for 2013 - Nelson Mandela - Image source: Malmö Museer

A farewell for many and a wake-up call to all

2013 was a rollercoaster ride for the planet. Financial up and downs – the financial crisis is never over it seems! New world leaders coming into power, old leaders staying in power but sadly the headline that stood out was the farewell to former South African President Nelson Mandela.

He represented a change the world has never seen before. He engulfed politics, business and a humanity in a modern era where most thought it was impossible. So short was his time in office as president that it makes one wonder how much more he could have done if he remained president for a longer period of time. South Africans young and old, along with individuals from around the planet should look at just that point. His leadership and motivation to galvanise a country took years to put together but his chance to implement it was a short one which he made full use of. A simple global equation that applies to all facets of life, from the individual to an entire nation.  

Politics, business and culture wrap up for 2013 - Nelson Mandela - Image source: Malmö Museer
Politics, business and culture wrap up for 2013 - Nelson Mandela - Image source: Malmö Museer 

So as the world says goodbye to a modern hero, it is time that the world also understood what it takes to make a difference. Perhaps a much needed wake up call fittingly set for the dawning of 2014…