Will You Leave A Legacy? Caring enough to take action and make a difference is what Leaving A Legacy is all about. You will learn through the lives of its seven wonderful characters that life's experiences give us all the wisdom we need to leave a legacy when we find the courage to take action.Jim Paluch is an energizing speaker and has earned the right to be called a motivational novelist.
Life, like a chunk of granite, only takes shape when you -- the artist of your life -- decide what to make of it. With many experiences and milestones already collected in your past, the New Year is a good time to take stock and see what shape your life and your legacy are taking.
Some people view their legacy as something material - a house they built by hand or a building they designed, a book they wrote, a major gift they gave or financial security they've achieved for their family. For others, it's accumulative: a long career at a business or university or in a specific field of endeavor where they will be remembered for changing the status quo. For still others, it's more personal and emotional - managing a family thru life's ups and downs or collecting wisdom and knowledge to be shared with future generations
A survey conducted by 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair explored how different people view “immortality.” Respondents were asked, “Which would you like most to be named after you?” Choices included a grandchild, a street in your hometown, and a pew in your church, a national holiday, or a rest stop along a highway. (Admittedly, not the only or even the best choices.) The most popular response – by far -- was a “grandchild.”
A legacy doesn’t just have to happen to you. You have choices about that, too, if you don’t wait too long to begin shaping it and defining it.
Here are some suggestions collected from experts about how to take stock of what matters most in your life and how to make sure others see it the same way.
To think through what makes you unique, try one of these exercises:
(For a tongue-in-cheek look at leaving a legacy, you might enjoy this article in Vanity Fair: “Michael Kinsley Has Some Advice for Baby-Boomers Who’d Like to Be Remembered.”)