I have been thinking about the topic of legacy for several months. I’m convinced most people want to live a significant life which allows them to leave a lasting legacy after they die. A person’s legacy might not be on the same scale as the legendary Steve Jobs, John Wooden, or Thomas Kinkade.
However each person has the potential to make a difference and leave a legacy. Fiction novelist and freelance journalist Chuck Palahniuk said, “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” That’s what leaving a legacy is about. Here are 4 things a person can do so they can position themselves to make a difference and leave a lasting legacy:
1. Start- This might sound very simple but I have noticed many people who have not made the choice to start making a difference. The impact and difference you make on a daily basis will add up to the legacy you leave behind. The legacy you leave is determined by your daily choices.
2. Run your race- It’s important to find and then focus on your personal vision and life purpose then determine to daily move toward your purpose and potential. This only happens when your comfortable being yourself and by making sure you’re not trying to be like anyone else.
3. Find strengths- The people who leave a legacy have found and maximized their strengths. A person’s life purpose and strengths are closely connected and are both important when it comes to leaving a lasting legacy.
4. Serve and add value- Starting, running your race, and finding your strengths all should be to serve and add value to others. The people who leave a legacy have done things that have positively impacted and added value to others. William James said, “The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
Questions: What are some other essential factors a person needs to leave a legacy? And what are you doing today so your in a position to leave a lasting legacy?