What is Your Legacy?

your legacyMy good friend Todd formerly of We The Change is a big believer in the practice of writing your own eulogy.

He came up with an interesting exercise that I agree can be powerful and help you generate a clear vision of how you want your life to turn out.

As Todd points out; "Is there any more effective way to think with the end in mind then to consider what your legacy will be?"

We often get caught up in the day-to-day activities without considering how our behavior and actions will impact our legacy as friends, spouses, parents and citizens of humanity.

Does it matter?

Of course it does. It matters with every breath we take, every thought we think, and every little ripple effect of our actions.

To borrow a quote from one of my favorite movies:

"What we do in life echoes through eternity." Maximus The Gladiator

In order to ensure that your "legacy" is one you consciously take part in, take some time to write your own eulogy.

Not only will it help you reflect on who you are, it will, as Todd so eloquently points out:

  • Help make your goals clear to you. 
  • Help you create the ideal for yourself.
  • Make your daily stresses seem trivial.
  • Give you a sense of purpose.
As per Todd's recommendation, here is my eulogy to myself:

Z. Hereford of Essential Life Skills Enterprises Dies

After living a full, productive life, Z. Hereford passed away peacefully at her ocean front home surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Zee, a renowned author, philosopher and humanitarian was best known for launching the business that encouraged and motivated people to develop themselves to reach their full potential and contribute their talents for the benefit of all humanity.

She believed that the individual has great power and force and that this same power, creatively and positively applied, could elevate the human condition. 

Zee felt that since the individual is a microcosm of the rest of humanity, when one person works to fully develop themselves physically, spiritually and intellectually, it has broad influence and effect on everyone.

Although she didn't do it for the public acclaim, Zee's philanthropic work brought her much recognition and many awards. Her biggest causes were universal education and the creation of opportunities for everyone. Because she felt that every child deserves a chance, she donated much of her time and money to inner city school projects and development.

As a patron of the arts, Zee left much of her private art collection to the local Art Museum. She also donated her collection of classical and jazz music to be auctioned off for charity.

Zee's greatest legacy is that she wanted for everyone what she herself enjoyed in life - the love of wonderful family and friends, the sharing of joy and laughter, and the infinite beauty found in nature, music, literature and art.

There you have it folks! Now it's your turn.

You'll be surprised at how much fun and revealing this exercise is. Thanks to Todd for this fantastic idea!

Todd Goldfarb is a business consultant and entrepreneur living in Manhattan, New York. 

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