Chris McCandless was a man who paved his own path in society. He didn’t wait for someone to tell him what to do, and if they did tell him what to do he often wouldn’t do it. This personality trait is often shared with many other leaders who decided to take their own path and not wait for someone else to fix their problems. Someone that comes to my mind is Nelson Mandela, the former South African president. Mandela was an antiapartheid revolutionary leader in South Africa . Mandela believed that African Americans and every other race were all equal, including whites. Mandela was part of the African National Congress and was a leader in protests against the government. Chris McCandless always did what he wanted to do rather than what other people, specifically his Chris’s parents wanted him to attend college, specifically law school, and eventually take over the family business. Chris however had very different plans. He wanted to take his cherished Datsun and travel around the country. Eventually he had to abandon the Datsun but he continued his dream of traveling, with his final goal being Alaska. Both Nelson Mandela and Chris McCandless had goals they were determined to reach. Nelson wanted to end the apartheid and make South Africa a free country. Chris McCandless wanted to travel the country and live in the Alaskan frontier. However only one would reach his goal and that was Mandela. Mandela was able to end the apartheid and became the first African Sandoval 2 American president of South Africa. Chris came very close to reaching his goal. Chris made it to Alaska and was in the frontier. Unfortunately he was unable to survive, dieing of starvation. Along their journeys both ran into some obstacles postponing their adventures.