What Legacy Will You Leave?

We all have a story we want to share–the story that tells who we are and what motivates us to do what we do. This story describes the values that guide us to make certain choices, and what we learned in the process. In some circles, this story is called a legacy.

You don’t have to be rich or powerful, have a successful business or a family, or for that matter, be dead, to have a legacy. We all create a legacy–whether we’re conscious of it or not. Some people, in their lifetime, articulate and share what’s important to them, and in doing so, help others learn from their experience. Others keep their wisdom and experience to themselves, leaving a legacy by default only. This keeps everybody guessing…the potential for learning, missed.

What kind of legacy do you want to leave?

Check out my post on History in Advance for how to get started writing your own ethical will–a tool that will help you write your own legacy, now.

Some examples of questions you can ask yourself:

  • What are the values that have guided me in my personal and professional life?
  • When I was young, whom did I admire most? What are some of the role models that have influenced me throughout my life?
  • What motivates me to do the work I do? What change do I want to see in the world?
  • What are the top two or three lessons I’ve learned that shaped who I am today?

Read more at History in Advance. Thanks to Dave Dias and the History in Advance Team for inviting me to share.

About Elaine

Elaine Gast Fawcett helps grantmakers, nonprofits and businesses tell their story, market their mission and attract more support.
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One Response to What Legacy Will You Leave?

  1. Geraldine says:

    My comment just disappeared!

    I really enjoyed this post and how true, a legacy should be something we are building every day we are alive, not just something that is thought about a person after they pass on. I am trying to do just that by sharing good vibes, happy thoughts and good works including my new happy blog. I am so glad I stopped in to read this! Excellent post Elaine.

    I have a happy contest on right now, you and your readers might enjoy at:

    http://www.takeahappybreak.com/2011/07/happiness-is-contest.html

    hope to see you there. Hugs, G 🙂

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