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Dr. Randal Pinkett
December 2013

Elevate your game

Dear Friends:

In our last book, Black Faces in High Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness, my co-author, Dr. Jeffrey Robinson, and I talk about “greatness" and leaving a positive legacy.  To leave a positive legacy – one that is characterized by giving back generously – is to achieve greatness, and there are three ways to do this; three ways to make a lasting, positive imprint on society.  The first is through your light; the second is through your love; and the third is through your life.  Nelson Mandela is the embodiment of leaving a legacy of greatness.


The first pathway to greatness is the legacy of light, which is the legacy of your example to others.  Much like light radiates from the sun, a legacy of light radiates from your spirit.  You need not have direct contact with someone for your legacy of light to have an affect on him or her.  In that regard, Nelson Mandela’s legacy of light transcends the time he was on earth.  As a symbol, he has and will continue to inspire countless numbers of people through his example alone.  The words of Maryann Williamson, recited by Nelson Mandela in his inauguration speech in South Africa, perhaps best summarize a legacy of light: “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”


The second pathway to greatness is leaving a legacy of love, which is a legacy of service to others.  A legacy of love is predicated on one basic principle, as stated by Marian Wright Edelman, "Service to others is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on earth.”  Nelson Mandela’s legacy of love is evidenced from how he has devoted his time (i.e. 27 years in prison!), his talent (i.e. a master organizer, activist, and leader), and his touch (i.e. a rare ability to connect with people from all walks of life, even from behind bars).  To ensure that his acts of service would continue, Nelson Mandela established three charitable organizations (more details can be found below in the “Breakthrough”).


The third and final pathway is leaving the legacy of our life or our life’s work, which is the impact we make in society.  I firmly believe, "Life is God’s gift to you and what you do with your life is your gift to God.” The legacy of Nelson Mandela’s life is vast.  He led South Africa beyond apartheid to a multi-racial democracy.  He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and became South Africa's first black president.  He will forever be recognized as an icon of peace and reconciliation for those seeking justice globally.

As we reflect on the life of Nelson Mandela and his legacy of greatness, let us also ponder the positive legacy we will leave behind through our light, our love, and our light.

Peace and blessings,



TV One's Nelson Mandela Special 'Mandela One Man'

The Life & Times of Nelson Mandela

The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela An Intimate Portrait of One of The 20TH Century's Greatest Leaders


TV Shows That Changed the Game

Books That Inspired Black Faces in White Places

Photos That Changed the Game
Music That Inspired Black Faces in White Places

Quotes That Inspired Black Faces in White Places

Movies That Changed the Game

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a biographical film based on the 1994 book Long Walk to Freedom by anti-apartheid revolutionary and former South African President Nelson Mandela. The film, which chronicles his early life and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society, premiered in September at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was released on November 29, 2013, less than a week before Mandela’s death.  For many, this film provides the first in-depth look into the life of Mandela and his personal mission to set his country on the course of democracy, self-sufficiency and economic empowerment. Idris Elba recently received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his performance. 

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Randal and Actor Idris Elba at the National Black MBA Association National Convention   Randal with Leon Wiles, Clemson University   Randal with Martin Luther King, III at the Alpha Phi Alpha Sons of Alpha Dinner


Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Nelson Mandela will perhaps be remembered as much for his fight for the underprivileged as his fight against apartheid. He once said that "overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice". It was in that spirit that Mandela founded three charities: The Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and The Mandela Rhodes Foundation.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation was established with the task of preserving his legacy, both in terms of the significant archive he accumulated over the course of his life and continuing to work towards the ideals for which he sacrificed his entire life. The Foundation focuses on three areas of work, including The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela, Dialogue for Social Justice and Nelson Mandela International Day and works closely with its sister organizations, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and The Mandela Rhodes Foundation. Driven by his love for children and a desire to end their suffering, Mandela established the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF). The NMCF strives to change the way society treats its children and youth and operates on the core belief that all children should enjoy the absence of hunger, abuse, exploitation and homelessness. Mandela held a strong belief in the possibility of a world where children live with dignity, whose voices are heard and that the transformation needed to create such a world needs every part of society to play its role. His third charity, The Mandela Rhodes Foundation (MRF), offers young Africans who exhibit academic excellence and leadership potential a unique educational opportunity whereby each scholar is granted access to leadership development programs and the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of fellow scholars that spans the continent and academic disciplines. MRF scholars become part of a wide-ranging network of young Africans of excellence who are expected to play leadership roles in their fields and societies in the years following their time in residence to achieve the mission of building leadership excellence in Africa.

Visit the websites below to learn more and find out how you can support these worthy charities.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation


Black Faces in White Places
Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness offers ten revolutionary strategies for learning, playing, and changing "the game"--that is, the world in which we all live and work--for the current generation, while undertaking a wholesale redefinition of the rules for those who will follow. It is not only about shattering the old "glass ceiling," but also about reconsidering the four dimensions of the black experience: identity, society, meritocracy, and opportunity. Ultimately, it may be about changing the very concept of success itself.

Available: Now
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No-Money Down CEO
No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash explodes the myth that you have to have a lot of money or need an outside investor to pursue your dream. This action-learning, audio business course offers a comprehensive step-by-step plan for launching your business with little to no cash. Listen as Randal offers insider's tips, tools and techniques that will put you on the fast track to becoming a successful CEO.

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Campus CEO
Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneurs Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business walks any would-be entrepreneur through all the necessary steps to launching a profitable, campus-based business, while simultaneously achieving academic success. Regardless of major, background, or area of interest, readers of Campus CEO will learn how to turn their academic and professional dreams into reality.

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Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, scholar and community servant. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management, technology and policy-consulting firm based in Newark, NJ. A sought after public speaker and advocate for numerous corporate, youth and community groups, Dr. Pinkett is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide To Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash. Notably, Dr. Pinkett made history as the first African-American ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University and firmly believes in the mantra "for those to whom much is given, much is expected."

The "Elevate Your Game" monthly e-Newsletter is published by Dr. Randal Pinkett. Copyright (c) 2012 Randal Pinkett, LLC. All rights reserved. For further information, visit us at www.randalpinkett.com. For speaking engagements and appearances inquiries, please contact Mrs. Michon Barnes at 678.637.5064 or mbarnes@bctpartners.com.

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