There is a Japanese saying, "Polish one sword for ten years." This means spending ten years single-mindedly cultivating and polishing one's abilities. Patience is important. For something that is hastily constructed is just as quickly destroyed.

Stories of Hope

The Tenacity of Hope

Václav Havel

Václav Havel was a playwright, political dissident and president of the Czech Republic, whose service to freedom, democracy and human rights will always be remembered.

Stories of Hope

Lion of Freedom

Nelson Mandela

Despite being imprisoned for 10,000 days for his unwavering belief in human dignity, Mandela never gave in to despair.