The Nature of Legacies And How We Remember People [VLOG: Episode 02]

This episode is just a video follow up to the blog post, The Nature Of Legacies – Remembering People“. The biggest difference between the two is input from friends. There are comments and questions I found helpful. You might too. Without going into too much detail watch the video below. I’d love to know your thoughts after. So feel free to leave a comment.

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The Nature Of Legacies – Remembering People

It’s about a year since Ahmed “Kathy” Kathrada passed away. Kathy fought apartheid alongside icons like Nelson Mandela. Mandela, South Africa and the world at large held Kathy in high esteem. I write this shortly after reading breaking news of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela‘s passing. Winnie fought apartheid. Her and Nelson were married at some point. She was 81.

For some reason I was thinking about the anniversary of Kathy’s death when I saw the news about Winnie. Hence the references to them. When Nelson Mandela passed away I thought about what makes a great legacy. I wrote some of my thoughts here. Thinking about Kathy and Winnie, again, made me think about the nature of legacies and how we remember people.

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The Things Technology Can’t Do For Me

It’s embarrassing to admit that I sometimes find myself getting frustrated by that I can’t find my car keys or socks and can’t Google to locate them. (Google, if you’re reading this can you do something about the locating my socks?)

Technology is a great enhancer and enabler. Apps and devices are great tools. Like social media, they can easily be both friend and foe.

Just last week I was upset with myself for forgetting a few things. I could’ve taken some measures to make sure I didn’t; I could’ve used my iPhone and created a list.

I installed Wunderlist on both my phone and MacBook Pro to help me manage lists and things to remember. I’m test-driving the app to see if it meets my needs in that regard.

One of my challenges is that I know I need some sort of productivity app and have little detail on what I need it to do. I have a general sense. I guess the more I use it the clearer I’ll be on my idiosyncratic needs I will be.

While thinking about managing me through technology and talking to friends about it I realized there are something technology cannot do for me. Despite my wishes that it would. It doesn’t matter how advanced tech gets with time, there will be something that it will never be able to do, only because it rest on me.

The things technology can’t (and might never) do for me:


Technology cannot live life for me. Living life is my responsibility. Tech can be very useful in my experience of life but can and will never replace actually living. Accumulating gadgets and apps does not make for a greater life.

A greater part of our lives is what happens in us.

Technology cannot take a walk on the beach on my behalf…

Lists and People

While I can use apps like Wunderlist to draw a list of people to have coffee with, it cannot connect over coffee with other people on my behalf.


Technology cannot make me a pleasant person. It cannot make me a person of integrity or give me a great character. It might help me put up a front or facade, but never really make me as a person…

Lazy / Work

Technology will not make me any lazier or diligent in my work. It can help in going in either direction. It is how I manage myself and use it in leading myself in a particular way.


Technology cannot be courageous in decision making on my behalf. As useful as it can be in the decision-making processes, it cannot live the consequences of my decisions and lifestyle choice on my behalf.

I must be in the ring and take the hits myself. It is part of experiencing life… Knowing fear and summoning courage to act against it…


Sometimes tech is doesn’t work like it should and I end up failing to do some things. When this happens I’m sure, like me, you consider the excuses this could equip you with… that’s for another time…

Technology can’t do some things for me. And I think this list might either get altered or become longer as I think about how I interact with technology in leading others and myself…

I’d love to know your thoughts…

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The Anatomy Of A Great Legacy – Lessons From Nelson Mandela

When I heard the sad news of Nelson Mandela’s passing, my thoughts were occupied with his legacy. One of the reasons I write is to process my thoughts. Sometimes I do it to find out what I think.

At the time of Madiba’s passing, I was reluctant to write anything because the media, and a lot of other people would be doing the same. I’m weary of trying to assess how genuine people are when they cover icons like Mandela at their passing. I don’t struggle with truth, but motives. Are the papers pushing sales and Internet shares and views?

That aside, I couldn’t help but keep thinking about the legacy Nelson Mandela has left. Media spoke about him, his life and contribution incessantly. This forced me to keep thinking. Now I’m at a point where I have to write, because Mandela has left a legacy that is worth learning from. There are valuable lessons for both life in general, and leadership.

Because I do a fair amount of reflection through writing I now think aloud on the anatomy of a great legacy – lessons from Nelson Mandela:


Long Walk Book Rebranded

Was in bookshop and I see Mandela’s book has been re-branded / re-packaged .

My guess: interest in the legend Madiba is going to pick up all the more.

A reminder that the way we live our lives speaks and impacts the world (or not) in our lifetime or beyond us.

Some lessons we teach from our graves. I hope to live and leave great lessons for posterity. To make the world a greater place in presence and absentia.

Related: The Anatomy Of A Great Legacy – Lessons From Nelson Mandela

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