How Do You Want to Be Remembered?
A few years ago, at the beginning of my mid-life clarity, I went to the memorial service of a woman I admired greatly. I remember sitting there, listening to people speak about her legacy, and when I left, I couldn’t stop thinking about what type of legacy would I leave behind. The question stayed with me for years, and it’s a question we should all ask ourselves.
Now, when working on my business and struggling between doing house chores and writing a speech or blog post, I think about that and tell myself: “Do you really want people to remember you because of how tidy your house always was?”
Leaving a legacy behind is something that inspires us to do our work.
Take for example Alfred Nobel, the man who invented dynamite but who is mostly known as the founder of the Nobel Prize.
In 1888, when his brother Ludvig Nobel died in Cannes, the French press mistook Ludvig for Alfred Nobel. The newspapers then released an article under the headline “The merchant of death is dead.” The article went on to say: “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.”
Alfred was devastated and was inspired to change his legacy. He dedicated his enormous fortune to making the world better by founding and funding the Nobel Prizes.
What legacy would you like to leave? What changes can you make in your life to make that happen?