Today we’re taking one last look at the topic of legacy for this month. In thinking about legacy often we think about it as a serious thing, and it is. It’s one of those intimidating things like picking your college, getting married, buying a house or facing sickness and death. We all want to leave a legacy with the world, no one wants to be forgotten. But the kind of legacy we leave isn’t always up for debate. I don’t know anyone who really wants to leave a legacy of death, destruction, hurt and hate. Sure they may want to leave a legacy that they’re known for and one way of doing that is to be part of world destruction, after all when things go bad there’s lots of press. But as memorable as it is to be known as a killer or do bad stuff, would you rather not be remembered if that was your only choice?
Just like when we consider success I don’t think that our only focus should be on creating a legacy. If we spend all our time on how we’re going to leave a legacy we’ll miss out on a lot that life has to offer. Life isn’t just about the endgame and a race to the finish, there are so many special moments in between the beginning and the end that we need to be attentive to and often miss out on. When we’re only focused on one thing in our lives I guarantee you will miss out on things.
As you think about the month that is ending, the year ahead and the legacy you’re creating don’t let the moments that seem pointless or don’t seem to build your legacy get ignored. Make the most of each and every moment. Choose to live the best life you possibly can. Don’t let worry overwhelm you or focus too much on creating a valuable legacy, remember that you’re part of a bigger picture.
“I tend to split my activities into fun, income and legacy. The number of things in that finance bucket is pretty few and far between and doesn’t consume much time at all.” Timothy Ferriss