Neil Armstrong – the first man to walk on the moon.
Thomas Edison – known inventor known for this electric light bulb. It didn’t came easy and have to experiences a lot of “failures” before getting it right hi perspective was amazing. He said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Michael Jordan – one of the well-known NBA players of all time. 6 NBA championships, 5 NBA Most Valuable Player awards, just to name a few of his great achievements. He said, “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
Steve Jobs – co-founded Apple Inc.One of his famous quotes that I love is this, “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach – of course, I want to add a Filipino on my short list here. Wurtzbach became the third Miss Universe from the Philippines after Gloria Diaz in 1969, and Margie Moranin 1973. I like her winning answer, “I am confidently beautiful with a heart.”.
What about you? How do you want to be remembered? Legacy is not just about inheritance that you will leave to your loved ones when you are gone. It goes beyond tangible things. I believe this is something, if not more important, equally important with inheritance/ wealth.
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ― Shannon L. Alder
1.Your legacy talks about how well you lived or living your life. It doesn’t only talk about when you die but even now, right at this moment, right where you are, what does your name stands for? If you move to other office, how will your “former colleagues” remember you? If you move to other town, how will your former neighbors remember you? You may also read my other blog, What does your name stands for?
In Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”
Sometimes we focus so much on the future that we missed what we have today. We want to be this and that but while you are not there yet, how are you building your name?
2. But more importantly, your (positive) legacy inspires and empowers the people around you. It leaves great impact to the world around you. It speaks volume of your faith. It voices out hope. One of the most striking compliments I have received was when someone told me, “I am blessed the way you live your life.”
There are 3 keys I am building upon.
- Know your passion
We say that passion always wins but it’s hard to be passionate when you are somewhere you don’t really love. If you are dragging yourself to work then I think it’s time to reflect – know where that “feeling” is coming from. Well, maybe you just have to change your attitude. Or maybe you don’t love what you are doing – your passion is somewhere across the sea.
- Equip yourself
It’s good of course to be contented with what you have now but never ever under estimate learning. Don’t stop learning. Like what they say, don’t sit on your laurel. Equip yourself because even the best can be made better.
- Give your all.
If you can give 100%, why settle for 99%? Why not give your all?
So having said all these, how do you want to be remembered? Carpe Diem! Seize the day!
”Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom…” Psalm 90:12, NIV.