Just about everyone at one point or another during their life thinks about what comes after we are finished with our lives. After this life have you ever wondered what you will leave behind for others to remember? That is called a legacy. Think about any of the women or men you can remember who left us memories or made a difference in the world or in our lives. They influenced us in some way. They were all leaders. There is a saying that LIFE Leadership uses that says, “This is your best shot at the LIFE you’ve always wanted.” If you’ve ever thought about leaving a legacy, “This is your best shot.” Here are some thoughts about leaving a legacy.
Most people have been taught to pay for what they want. They spend their time or they spend their money and they receive a return for a predetermined value. However, many people have heard of the power of compounding. Albert Einstein calls it the eighth wonder of the world. A small amount (5%) of people have mastered this concept to accumulate wealth. Have you ever thought that you could learn to compound your time too? Those who learn the art and science of leadership through influence can learn to compound their time. When that sphere of influence is left in people’s lives it’s called a legacy. That occurs when an individual’s efforts outlast their life. There are two main areas that LIFE Leadership fills to help a person leave a legacy. The first is because as a person increases their influence they in turn make a greater difference in another person’s life. LIFE Leadership provides this through high quality leadership development. The second area LIFE Leadership fills this is how they do it. LIFE Leadership has developed a systematic process that makes it possible to replace one’s self in the development of leadership. This takes away any time constraint. This system helps develop protégés whose talents out live the leader. These two ingredients would be necessary for anyone who is considering leaving a legacy.
In a sense, leaving a legacy is a miracle. It’s supernatural and defies science. It lives long after this life is lived. Jesus Christ is the best example of a legacy. No one even comes close to his influence even if you don’t believe he’s God. In essence, a legacy is an extension of time when your time doesn’t exist. Most people don’t realize that during their life they are painting a canvas. What they leave behind can be discarded or can leave an impact. Outside of Christ and His disciples, there has never before been a group of people who believe that their purpose is to leave a legacy until now. When we study history we see leaders who, when they stood for a cause, left a legacy because they individually made a difference. The great historian Thomas Carlyle said, “ The making of history of mankind is the story of great men who worked here.” A person’s actions can influence developments that can change history. Because of the accumulative knowledge of the art and science of leadership, learned in a systematic way, Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady have made it possible for a group to leave a lasting impact.
There are two pieces to leaving a legacy, as Ben Franklin writes, “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing about.” Are you living your life in a way that it’s worth telling a story about? A person’s canvas starts with how they live each day. What do you want to be remembered for? If you haven’t answered that question by the time you are fifty, then don’t you think it’s time to answer that? Surely you have an interest in more than your job or how you make money. Clayton M. Christensen wrote in his book, 'How Will You Measure Your Life,' "Behind the facade of professional success, there were many who did not enjoy what they were doing for a living. There were, also, numerous stories of divorces or unhappy marriages.” Right now the single biggest legacy we as a nation are leaving the next generations is the $Trillions in debt. That next generation will be riddled with financial burdens. It’s the direct ramification of a lack of leadership. This isn’t a legacy. It’s an inheritance that is disastrous. Those results can be changed. You are leaving a record of all you’ve done. Our legacy is what will remain after we’re gone. What type of legacy do you want to leave in your love ones or the next generation?
Maybe it’s time to quit worrying and take hold of a great vision of your life. The world is not generally helped along by people who are driven to understand themselves but by people who want to change the world. Orrin Woodward from his best selling book, ‘Resolved 13 Resolutions for LIFE,’ writes, “’ “SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE, THE LEGACY BUILDERS, REFUSE TO PLACE PEOPLE ON MOUNTAINTOPS; THEY BUILD BRIDGES AT EVERY CHASM ON THE MOUNTAIN TRAIL, HELPING THE NEXT – GENERATION ADVANCE. LEGACY BUILDERS, (TEACH) BY THEIR TIRELESS EFFORTS TO OVERCOME.” “IN REALITY, THE BIGGEST GIFT FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT IS A LEADERSHIP LEGACY.” What are we going to accomplish in this life? What will we contribute in this life? WE ALL LEAVE FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND; THE QUESTION IS, WILL WE BE A BIG HEEL, OR A GREAT SOUL. God Bless, George Guzzardo