Lessons we can learn from Malala - Nobel Peace Prize Winner
October 10, 2014
By Matthew Tukaki
It was announced today that Malala would be the joint recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. As Wikipedia best describes it: "On the afternoon of 9 October 2012, Malala boarded her school bus in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. A gunman asked for Malala by name, then pointed a Colt 45 at her and fired three shots. One bullet hit the left side of Malala's forehead, traveled under her skin the length of her face and then into her shoulder."
She survived that shocking attack and has gone on to become a champion for girls and the rights of women. More importantly for someone so young she has become an activist on a mission - that mission is one of tolerance. To this day the Taliban have continued to state that they will kill her and her father but on she goes.
So, what can we learn from Malala? I put together this brief and yet important list - maybe you too can add to it by commenting below:
Overcoming adversity is the key to success: we have all heard the quotes of climb the mountain and reach for the sky but the reality is many people find themselves in situations that seem impossible to escape. The key to escape is by finding ways and means to overcome adversity and to get a message out there. Malala did this in a very simple way by writing a blog and, while the Taliban targeted her, those writings were the start of a movement that unlocked doors all over the world for girls and women to be supported in escaping their shackles. There is still a lot of work to be done - but the work has started.
Procrastination is death: we have opportunities to stand up and do something but often we procrastinate and by the time we make a decision to act the issue has changed, or become larger and more uncontrollable. Decisions are not always as complex as we think they are and by procrastinating we fail to action. Malala is acting and has continued to even though she has had to overcome adversity.
Everyone can make a difference: Malala has shown us that no matter your location or circumstances you can make a difference. Sometimes we make a difference in the moment and sometimes we make a difference when we have sacrificed something.
I am sure you will all have more - so please share them and together, with Malala, we can all make a difference.
Author: Matthew Tukaki, Co-Founder of EntreHub, former Director of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact and current Chair of Deakin University CSaRO.
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