My recent posts about a leader’s legacy elicited an enthusiastic call from a reader. The topic had sparked a great conversation for her and her husband, both self-employed professionals. It had led to a related subject – their personal legacies.
Food for Thought ~
Indeed, the principles of leaving a legacy certainly apply to each of us individually, as well as to leaders in organizations. It’s just a matter of context. On the personal level, each of us has our own constellation of family, friends, co-workers, colleagues, neighbors, and communities. Our actions become our imprint and perhaps an inspiration for others within our circles. Each of us will leave a legacy in the hearts and minds of those who know us. The question is: what will it be?
Question of the day ~
What thoughts do you have about the legacy you would like to leave?
One of my favorite quotes on this subject is from the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, ~ 500 BC.
The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny. It is the light that guides your way.
Mahatma Gandhi also addressed this subject. Same message, different form:
Keep my words positive. Words become my behaviors.
Keep my behaviors positive. Behaviors become my habits.
Keep my habits positive. Habits become my values.
Keep my values positive. Values become my destiny.
Keep your light shining.