by John Carroll
What will be your legacy? Is it to one day discover a cure for cancer, to be a good role model and provider for your family, or to just live well and be happy?
By definition, we have described a legacy as something that is handed down by an ancestor or predecessor from the past. Traditionally, this legacy has been in the form of money or personal property. However, as you can surmise as parents, neighbors, business and community leaders and citizens of this global society, our legacy impact is much greater than the simple gifting of money and property.
Our greatest impact lies in the positive difference we can make in the lives of others.
“There is only one thing worse in the world than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” – Oscar Wilde
We all want to be remembered for something. Each of us wants to be viewed as relevant, to know what we do makes a difference and that difference is recognized by others.
What will your legacy be?
As we grow older, our legacy and what we will leave behind of us becomes more of a topic for reflection. We all desire to leave this world better for having walked the earth. And much like our parents before us, we want to provide a better life for our families. But what else could we be doing to make a difference?
The recent events in Nepal are a tragic reminder of how fragile life can be and the importance of giving to others in need. In my first book, GLOBALIZATION: America’s Leadership Challenge Ahead, I devoted a chapter to some of the ways to contribute to the greater good and leave a legacy of HOPE. This chapter highlights important causes and some of the top-rated charities and relief organizations in need of daily assistance.
How can we as individuals leave a legacy of hope for others?
Start by considering the broader issues you are passionate about today. For example:
- The economy.
- The environment.
- Global warming.
- Poverty and world hunger.
- World peace and stability.
Now, where can you apply your time, resources and talents to make a difference in these or other critical areas to improve the quality of life? In this life, nothing happens until somebody does something, so get involved!
Will you be that somebody? Will you be that someone who leaves footprints in the sand for others to follow? You see, the greatest gifts we can give to others are not material things, but rather our LOVE, SUPPORT and HOPE. Be a difference maker, lead by doing and leave a legacy of HOPE.
Future generations will thank you for it.
John Carroll is a business and leadership strategist who works with business leaders to help them ‘achieve the results to move beyond their vision.’ He is a best-selling author, educator, blogger and speaker. Email John at firstname.lastname@example.org or learn more at http://www.trescoach.com/.