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Who Am I To Be Brilliant

Published on 2013-01-21

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light , and 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 englightened about shrinking

so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are born to make manefest the glory of God that is within us.

It is not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

And as we let the 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.

Inaugral Speech: Nelson Mandela (1994)