What Will Be Your Legacy?
We all see headlines about great CEOs, celebrities, sports icons, and many very recognized people regarding legacies that live on long after they were alive. There’s no doubt that Michael Jordon will be remembered a long time for how much he changed the game of basketball. Bill Gates will certainly live on with us as he executed his vision of having a personal computer in every home. Now, of course it has evolved to smart phones and tablets, and many more great devices that he helped inspire.
We’re used to our society and the ridiculous news outlets painting us glamorous pictures of famous people and we often put them on a pedestal. Right or wrong, it happens every day. I’m not here to change the press or your beliefs about celebrities, but rather today I want to challenge you to think about your own legacy.
I shot this week’s video a few days ago as the lovely Christy and I are on holiday in Europe. This week I was at St. Andrews golf course in Scotland. As a fan of golf and a player of the great game since I was a young boy, this was a must see for me on this vacation. I’m sure you’ve visited some historic places in your life and you can almost feel the history. It’s seems as though you experience it rather than just seeing it with your eyes.
I had this type of experience at St. Andrews. However, experiencing this amazing place where golf was born made me think more about us and our legacies than the people that came before us. What about the legacies that impact just a few instead of the whole world? What will your legacy be? How many people will you influence? At what level will you influence them?
You don’t need to live your life as a celebrity to leave an incredibly powerful legacy. I’m sure you’ve never heard of Mrs. Settle, my 11th grade speech and debate teacher that believed in me when I struggled in class. She helped me believe that perhaps I wasn’t as stupid as the classes made me feel. Little did either one of us know that I would go on to become a professional international speaker, trainer, and author!! That’s the exact point too, she wasn’t helping me for fame or fortune, she was helping me because it’s who she is. Now her legacy lives on with EVERY single person I’m able to have a positive impact on.
Just ask yourself some better questions when it comes to legacy. You may feel like you’re just running a home service company to make a living and provide for your family. However, there is much more to it than that, regardless of your company’s size. You’re in the people business and you have the great opportunity and responsibility to help shape lives each and every day.
Frank Blau’s philosophy and teachings have completely changed my life forever. However, most of this didn’t come directly from Frank, but rather through some of his followers that began teaching his beliefs and improving their companies. The list is too long to thank each of you in today’s column, but you all know who you are and I’m very grateful for each and every one of you.
I feel blessed to train technicians in classes like our upcoming school in Baltimore because I see their lives change in three days. Then they go back to the shop and make a positive impact on culture, their income, and company profits. You don’t have to be a trainer or coach to have impact though, you can create positive change just by being true to yourself.
What will be your legacy? Will you impact people directly, or through others that you inspire to become more? Whether you’re a company owner, manager, CSR, or technician, you can leave a legacy as great as you want. Just decide. Get clear about who you are and what you want, then get very aggressive to go after it!
As Glade Byron Addams once said, “Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night.”