Have you ever thought about what that means? Leaving a Legacy? The definition of 'legacy' is a gift or a bequest, that is handed down, endowed or conveyed from one person to another. It is something descendible one comes into possession of that is transmitted, inherited or received from a predecessor.
Not necessarily. It means putting a stamp on the future, and making a contribution to future generations. People want to leave a legacy because they want to feel that life mattered. Gaining clarity on what you want your legacy to be can give your life meaning and purpose. The idea of leaving a legacy is the need or the desire to be remembered for what you have contributed to the world. In some cases, that contribution can be so special that the universe is unalterably changed.
Living a purposeful life thus leaving a legacy for others is the journey that we all have as human beings with the most powerful computer ever developed, our brain. In today's world, we seem to have lost some of that passion to be purposeful and leave a legacy that others will appreciate and remember after we have taken our last breath. Think hard about it...and make a decision to leave a legacy for others, that's why you are here.
I woke up one day in late 1999 with a thought…
What if I live my whole life doing the same thing over and over again, earning a living, taking care of family and responsibility, just like everyone else, and that’s it.
Would that be 'good enough'?
I was 45 years old, married, three wonderful children, living the average middle class life, lots of material things, friends, activities and lots, lots of work. I had been an Executive for a $8 Billion Fortune 500 Retailer, for the past 20 years. I was the Director of Worldwide Franchising and President of International, traveling non-stop (have been to over 50 countries), a workaholic and became increasingly challenged to continue on. All of the mergers, acquisitions, downsizing, rightsizing, constant tweaking decisions were finally taking a toll.
I had lost the passion, what was my purpose? Am I leaving any kind of legacy to my family?
Was this thing called Corporate America what it was held out to be long ago? Was the ‘get a college education, get a good job, work until retirement, live out the rest of your life’ really what it is supposed to be about?
Is that ‘good enough’?
I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t. Not a big shocker, happens to others. But how do you break away, give up the cushy salary, all the bennies and perks, take some risk, are you willing?
I was. I did. Resigned, on my terms, burning no bridges along the way. Just left.
It was time to do some major researching, some soul searching, answering a few questions…
And then it happened. The economy started changing, started becoming more 'entrepreneurial'. And it will only accelerate from here. For those paying attention, the ride will be phenomenal. That is why I write about it. It happened to me, it can happen to you.
Well I will have to admit, people have told me that I am too serious at times, that I do not smile enough, :-).
It can be a little challenging at times, so much to do, so little time to do it. Life, when you really get down to it, can be very short, done in a nanosecond compared to the time our world has been in existence, or the 6000+ years of human activity.
Working on leaving that legacy for my children and others has had me focused, purposeful, on that one objective, legacy.
I am always working on smiling more, have never been bashful about having fun, love to throw a party!
And the hours and hours of crazy video I have from events and parties will be shown at my funeral as a celebration some day into the future, I really want that epitome to read "he was here, he lived, he left a bunch of words, memoirs, books and videos for others. Oh, and he also left an onslaught of money continuing through the children's lives too."
NOW THAT'S WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT!
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