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Mandela: “We’re all meant to shine.”

Nelson Mandela inspired KatchLast night we learned that Nelson Mandela died. He inspired us to found Katch, since we believe like Mandela that people are meant to shine. We start our presentations by mentioning this and referring to him. We know at Katch that asking for feedback, to learn how others experience you, and teach them as well about their talents and things to improve, requires courage and opening-up. It requires to leave fear behind. That’s not easy, but it is the only way. At least that’s what we believe and try to enable with Katch. That’s why we believe Katch should empower people to open up to each other, collaborate, make each other shine.

Please read, enjoy and share below part of his famous 1994 speech. So, you know why we’re gonna miss him. We daily pass by his statue in The Hague, on our way to school. I gently hope, my children are inspired by him 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, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Nelson Mandela, 1918 – 2013


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