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There are four areas concerning Leaving a Legacy that
I consider to be fundamental; a Life Well-Lived,
Principles to Live By, The Importance of a Spiritual
Legacy and an Impact Legacy and a Financial Legacy. Today
I would like to share on a Life Well-Lived.
You know, I have had an amazing life. I have travelled the
world. I have shared my heart with so many wonderful
people. I have been fortunate enough to make a great
living and enjoy the fruit of my work. I have met
thousands of people who are dedicated to personal
development and self growth. I have made it my life's
pursuit to teach others the philosophies and actions that
would help them achieve greatness and personal fulfilment
in their own lives. Forty years ago, it felt like it would
never end. Today, I still imagine I have many years left,
but I also am more aware than ever that there is much less
time left than before.
Being aware of this has made me even more clear on my goal
of living well and teaching others to do the same. Our
One-Year Plan of Success is designed to help others
achieve all of their dreams and is part of one of the
legacies I want to leave behind.
Leaving a legacy for others to follow is part of what
drives me. I followed others who had gone before me; they
left a legacy for me. Now I am making sure that those who
come after me will have a trail to follow as well. You
see, leaving a legacy is important.
Think about those who left a legacy for us to follow and
for you specifically:
Your aunts and uncles
Your neighbours where you grew up
For those of us in America (For our international readers,
take a moment to reflect on those leaders who helped form
the foundations of your country):
The founding fathers of the U.S., who had a dream of a
place of self-determination
Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves
FDR, who saw us through the great depression
The many men and woman who defended our liberties through
the wars of the 20th century so we could live in freedom
JFK, who called us to space exploration and set us on
course to have a man walk on the moon
Martin Luther King Jr. who left us a legacy to pursue the
dream of racial equality
There are literally thousands of men and women who lived
in a way that affects our lives today.
And yes, the list goes on from there as well. These are
the people who we knew, who we lived with, and who shaped
us deeply, for good and for bad in some cases.
You see, a legacy can be anywhere on the continuum, from
very bad to very good. It all depends on how we live our
How we live our lives is critically important. This month
Chris and I want to challenge you to take a look at how
you live. We want to challenge you to think deeply about
the major areas of your life where you can and should
leave a lasting legacy.
Why is leaving a legacy important? Here are a few reasons:
The legacy we leave is part of the ongoing foundations of
life. Those who came before leave us the world we live in.
Those who will come after will have only what we leave
them. We are stewards of this world, and we have a calling
on our lives to leave it better than how we found it, even
if it seems like such a small part.
Legacies have raw power for good and for bad. There are
people who have changed the world for good, people who
have opened up new worlds for millions of others, people
who have spurred others onto new heights. And there are
people who have caused massive destruction for countless
millions, people who left a wake of pain behind them
wherever they went.
There are parents who have blessed their children with
greatness and other parents who have ruined their
children's fragile minds and hearts. What we do affects
others. Our lives have the power to create good or purvey
evil. It is important that we choose to do good.
It is an act of responsibility to leave a legacy. Because
of the power of our lives and the legacies we leave, it is
a great responsibility to choose to leave a positive
legacy. All good men and women must take responsibility to
create legacies that will take the next generation to a
level we could only imagine. I truly believe that part of
what makes us good and honorable people is to have a
foundational part of our lives based on the goal of
leaving a legacy.
Purposefully leaving a legacy for others breaks the
downward pull of selfishness that can be inherent in us.
When we strive to leave a legacy, we are acting with a
selflessness that can only be good for us. Yes, I suppose
someone could work hard to earn money so that when he or
she dies, a building is named after them, but that is not
the kind of legacy we are talking about. We are talking
about legacies that make life better for those who come
after us, not about our own fame or recognition, but about
helping others. After all, we won't be around to watch our
legacy. To build that which will last beyond us is
selfless, and living with that in mind breaks the power of
selfishness that tries so desperately to engrain itself in
It also keeps us focused on the big picture. Legacy
building is "big picture." It keeps us focused on the
long-term and gives us values that we can judge our
actions by. When we are acting based on selfishness,
personal expediency and the like, we are "small
picture"--whatever is pragmatic right now. When we are
building a life that will give for many years, we are "big
picture." Ask yourself: How does this action affect my
overall goals? How will this affect people in the years to
Yes, your legacy is very important. Take this last month
to reflect on how you are going to use the lessons,
information and skills from the first eleven months to
build a life that leaves a tremendous legacy!
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