Welcome to Tuesday.

Today marks Nelson Mandela International Day celebrating the lifelong humanitarian efforts demonstrated by the world-renowned revolutionary and thought leader. He would have turned 99 on today. Mandela Day is trending on Twitter and serves as a time to reflect on his legacy as well as a reminder of our responsibility to strengthen the world around us.

When times get difficult while you’re growing a business, just starting one, or working on your next great idea, let this Nelson Mandela quote guide you.

“Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.”

Tyler

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