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ARE YOU BUILDING A LEGACY YOU CAN BE PROUD OF?

Are you building a legacy you can be proud of? asks Mandy Murphy, Business Coach at Old Mutual Wealth.

18 July marks an important annual global event as we celebrate the birthday of one of our greatest and most visionary leaders, Nelson Mandela. In honour of his memory, millions will devote 67 minutes of their time toward helping others.


This year is even more special as we celebrate the centenary of our beloved Madiba’s birth. What better way to honour his legacy than to introspect about our own legacy. What ‘footprints’ are we leaving? Will the lives of others be better because we were here? Can we make a difference every day and not just for 67 minutes, once a year?


The answer is yes. If what we do is a calling rather than just a career, we can build businesses that will positively impact the lives of millions. If the ‘why’ of what we do is more important than the ‘how’ and ‘how much’, then embedding a culture of value in our day-to-day business activities becomes second nature.


As we celebrate Madiba Day this month, let’s reflect on some of the lessons that our cherished former president shared with us during his life:

1. “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Ask yourself: Am I simply running a business that sells services to pay the bills or am I building a business that enriches the lives of all who come into contact with it? Do my employees do what needs to be done every day or are we driven by passion and a clear purpose (why we are in business)? Are we guided by a shared set of values (how we do things here)? Are we living and operating intentionally rather than incidentally?


2. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”

Ask yourself: Are we simply hoping for success or do we have a clear strategy and plan to convert our purpose into reality? Do we all know

what success looks like and what is required of each of us? Can we move this business toward our vision even when things get tough?


3. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Ask yourself: Are we ‘telling’ clients about their money or are we educating and empowering them to live a life of purpose and meaning? Are we simply managing employees or are we partnering with people who share our beliefs and want to make a difference in the lives of clients?

4. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Ask yourself: When things go wrong, do we seek to lay blame or do we learn from our experience and re-align our efforts to stay the course and achieve our purpose? Do we have the right employees, partners and networks to help us anticipate, respond and overcome adversity? Can we consistently deliver on our promise to our clients despite daily disruptions and threats?


5. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

Ask yourself: What will our employees and clients say about us when we are no longer here? Did we help them live a life of purpose? Did we inluence their ability to leave a meaningful legacy? What is our legacy?


It’s easy to get weighed down in business. Therefore, you need to set aside time (perhaps 67 minutes on 18 July) to re-align your focus in life and in business because “It always seems impossible until it is done.”



Article reproduced with kind permission from Old Mutual Wealth

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