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Chadwick Boseman’s lessons on leaving a legacy.

Chadwick Boseman was admired and respected not only as a person but also for what he stood.  

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Chadwick Boseman was admired and respected not only as a person but also for what he stood.  

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“Wakanda Forever!” If you’re a movie lover then you understand where the cross-armed salute saying comes from. If not, I recommend you spare some time to watch the Black Panther movie. The lead actor Chadwick Boseman aka Black Panther recently passed on at the prime of his life and career. This was a huge blow to the film industry. He was admired and respected not only as a person but also for what he stood.  As a celebration to the life he lived, here’s what you can learn from him on how to leave a lasting legacy:

1. Support a cause

Early during his childhood, he went through a loss that made him realize the need to support the young, gifted and black generation. He wasn’t scared to use his platform in the film industry to voice out on such issues. Contribute to the change you want to see by supporting a cause that impacts your local community.   

2. Mentor

Share with the younger generation what it takes to achieve a goal and help them see their potential to make it. One of his cast members in the Black Panther expressed how he created a space for everyone on set to feel safe, open and bold. He made a significant impact on everyone he met and an inspiration to his fans.      

3. Passion

Do what you love and you will love what you do. Boseman’s love for theatre never faded even though he had on-screen roles. He also directed a number of plays which won several theatre awards. His passion is one that many will associate him with. What you choose to pursue is how people will remember you. 

4. Resilience

Understand that life does have challenges even as you follow your career path. All that is meant to shape your purpose. Despite dealing with health issues, he continued doing what he loved. He didn’t allow that to get in way of fulfilling his purpose and in the end he left a lasting legacy.    

5. Team work

Appreciate the fact that you stood on the shoulders of those before you. Those who worked with you and for you. Boseman always acknowledged that the success he had in his life was made possible by the people who supported and worked with him.

In conclusion

Peter Strople said, “Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people.” Even as you aspire to be successful in your career, what legacy do you hope to leave behind? What are you doing now to achieve it? Share with us in the comment section below.


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