Legacy is a topic I’m fascinated with. I have written several articles about it, have a chapter dedicated to it in my book Giving Back, How to Find your Personal Joy and Make a Difference to Others, and I invest time regularly contemplating my life and the power of my legacy.
What you say about me when I die is not only intriguing but very important to me while I am living.
What does legacy mean?
Legacy ( leg ∙ a ∙ cy ) | noun
Something (memories or knowledge) that comes from the past, or a person of the past
This definition underlines that the foundation of our legacy is built by the words and actions that leave a lasting impression on others.
Why building your legacy daily is vital
Each of us can choose to live life with purpose, rather than glancing back with regret. Each day is a fresh opportunity to use our power and write the next chapter of our legacy.
By giving to others unconditionally you will be loved, respected, and seen as an inspiring individual who creates and spreads joy throughout life. In many ways, you are choosing to give back the values that others gave to you.
You have the power to make a difference by passing those values on each day in what I call your “living legacy”.
Actions speak louder than words
Last year, in preparation for speaking at Mohawk College’s Business convocation I reflected on my life and living legacy. During my speech, I said, “You are the author of your life – you hold your destiny in the palm of your hand and you have total control of your success.”
This is real power and it resonates with me because I believe if we focus on our living legacy, we are sure to take more thoughtful and deliberate actions. Our actions always speak louder than our words.