How many British Prime Ministers can you name? (Clue there’s been 55)
How about US Presidents? (Clue there’s been 45)
What about leaders of Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand?

In most cases their tenure is quite short. Having achieved the pinnacle position of authority in their respective countries, they don’t last long and then are mostly forgotten.

The same fate applies to many fields:

How many Nobel Peace Prize winners can you name?
What about scientists – can you recall more than a dozen and what they achieved?
And when it comes to a list of 12, that’s the number of men who have walked on the moon – most people can only recall two of them, how about you?

Does this mean that the pursuit of a worthwhile legacy is futile? Can one leave an inheritance, (other than personal wealth)?

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