Stop chasing success and start pursuing your legacy
We become immortal not through material possessions but through the legacies we leave!
Have you thought of your legacy?
It is always morbid to think of death, but when we die, what will be said during our eulogy?
People do not remember us for what we do for ourselves but for what we do for them. At the end of the day, no one remembers what numbers you closed for each of the quarters you were in charge. They do remember your leadership, service, character and inspiration. Your legacy is more dependent on what you give today, then what you take.
If you lead a meaningful life, you never really die. Instead, you break into 1,000 pieces, each of which stay alive within the people whose lives you’ve touched along the way. – Ancient Proverb
So, how does one start their journey of building a lasting legacy?
I’m glad you asked….
The answer begins by taking an inventory of yourself, being real and honest with yourself. You need to find out what makes you tick, what makes you come alive and It all starts with passion……
Finding your true passion isn’t as simple as it seems. Asking yourself questions like –
‘what puts a smile on your face’?
‘what do you find easy to do’?
‘what sparks your creativity?’ or
‘What would you still want to do even if you didn’t get paid for it’?
Doing what you have a passion for brings out your best, and this leads to greatness.
Greatness is the starting point of significance!
But how do you move from pursuing “success” to “significance”?
You can make a list of the 10 most significant achievements of your life and why it was significant. As you discover where your deepest passions intersect with your greatest abilities, you begin your blueprint for significance.
John Maxwell states, “the success of my day is based on the seeds that I sow, not the harvest I reap.”
Too often, leaders bypass the process of sowing seeds in favour of short-term results!
It is built daily through values, hard work, integrity of leadership and character. The choices you make every day with your time and efforts directly impact how you will be remembered. The secret of significance is determined by your daily agenda. It’s not about leaving a legacy, it’s about living a legacy.
“Leaders have been conditioned to think about the future. But in doing so, they have forgotten about the present. And the present is how they create their legacy,” – author Shane Yount.
Finally, legacies must have succession.
A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession.
The best leader creates new leaders, which includes developing, training and equipping others for leadership success. The great leaders who leave lasting legacies are the ones who are most generous with their knowledge and expertise. These are the people who wind up creating the most economic value and create lasting leadership legacies.
What Legacies will you leave behind?
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