Life would’ve been easier for Gandhi, Nelson Mandela Dalai Lama if they didn’t speak up.

Via on Aug 26, 2009

What if Dalai Lama, Mandela, and Gandhi had just chilled and “spent more time with their families” or taken care of No. 1?

dalai lama funny ad

This brilliant, almost-too-subtle (just a line at bottom) ad campaign was created by UNCLE Grey A/S Denmark. It vividly reminds us that in getting up off the couch, in working our butts off for the benefit of others, no matter the setbacks…it’s all worth it.

Even if we don’t amount to half or 1/100th of Mandela, Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama, at least it won’t be for a lack of trying, and a surfeit of surfing, skiing and barbecuing!

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8 Responses to “Life would’ve been easier for Gandhi, Nelson Mandela Dalai Lama if they didn’t speak up.”

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  8. Riley Harrison says:

    We all need purpose in our lives to feel complete and there is no greater purpose (and I think life satisfaction and fulfillment than giving to others). It's not altruism and sacrifice that drives me to give back, it's for a very selfish reason: it make my own life work so much better.
    Riley

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