Rebel Stories

Annalie Killian

Catalysing the magic found only in human beings, not machines.

What has been your most notable rebel accomplishment or experience?

Hmmm…part of being a rebel is knowing how to be an enigma….so, I choose not to share my proudest act of rebellion. Suffice to say I was locked up in jail overnight ( it was in my university years in South Africa) and released the next day without charge….but that’s when I realised I want to go about changing systems in a smarter way. And I did! I was seconded by my company years later to organise South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994 in the Zululand area.

When did you first realize that you are a rebel?

In primary school – year 1. I just didn’t need the approval of the masses. I was always content with going about achieving things in my own way. This became even more prevalent in my teenage years where typically, peer groups are strong. Again, I bucked the trend. I seemed to work out how to play both sides by being an edge-dweller.

What advice do you wish someone had given you earlier in your career?

Back yourself more.

What is your favorite rebel characteristic?

The power of the outsider who has learned to be a chameleon and can blend into the eco-system yet remains apart.

What’s your favorite question?

What’s the downside of not acting?

What one clue tells you you’re effecting positive change?

Smiles, squeals of delight as people push beyond their comfort zones into their stretch zones, spontaneous singing. Seeing people act in a very authentic way that transforms their personal growth visibly in front of your eyes.

What do you think it’s most important for people to understand about rebels?

That they need them.

What’s your one word piece of advice for rebels?

Timing matters.

What’s your one word piece of advice for non-rebels?

Follow the rebel!

Where do you think rebels are most needed today?

Medical/ Pharmaceutical industry

Who is your favorite rebel from the past 100 years?

Viktor Frankl who managed to outwit the Nazis and went on to be the founder of Logos Therapy.

What’s the one thing you should never say to a rebel?

Take your time.

 

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