What will your legacy be?

What will your legacy be?

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.” – William Shakespeare (‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ Act 3, Scene 5)

Imagine the day you retire. You may be at a works party thrown in your honour. Maybe some of your family have been invited along too. In fact many that you hold dear to you are there.

Ask yourself the following:

  • Who’s there?
  • Who’s not made the effort to attend?
  • What’s the mood at the party?
  • What are you eating and drinking?
  • What do I hear people say about me?
  • What are people thinking about me?
  • What will be the lasting impression of me ?
  • What were my achievements?
  • How would I like to be remembered?
  • What else should I or could I have done?

Whatever you’ve already done plus whatever you do today and tomorrow are going to provide the answers to these questions.

If you have a clear focus on what your values are, act with integrity and in line with your, and your organisations’, values then people will remember you fondly. The thoughts you’ve had are important. But way more important are the actions you’ve taken and what you’ve achieved as a result. Maybe you’ve had some great thoughts but need to translate them into actions? (Reading this could help.)

Perhaps you want to identify what your goals and priorities are and plan your legacy for your work organisation and your family? (Then read this.)

What did you do yesterday, today and what are you going to do tomorrow?

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

As sure as eggs are eggs our time will pass, and in time we will all reflect on a life well lived. Or harbour regrets.

So; what will your legacy be?

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