What does it mean to leave behind a good legacy? According to Wikipedia, Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet and musician.
He wrote many famous books of his time, including Treasure Island and Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. As a matter of fact, he contributed so much to modern literature and has been so admired over the years that he is the 26th most translated author in world history.
The Legacy of Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson left behind a legacy that has transcended generations. Consider this quote from him.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. — Robert Louis Stevenson
Needless to say, today, this is not a very popular perspective. As a matter of fact, it is unique for someone who lived and died in the 1800’s when many of the luxuries we have today did not exist. In Business School, we are thought to be profit oriented, to seek the interests of investors, sometimes, above all else. However, what else is left after all that sweet money has been made?
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Margin Call, the Movie
Recently, I watched a movie called Margin Call, starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto and other great actors. One take away from the movie is that capitalism and greed can sometimes be boundless. They were able to sell all the company’s assets but did not leave behind a good legacy. As a matter of fact, they completely destroyed any future chances of business in that market. That’s what you would call a bad legacy. It’s a good movie so I won’t give any more spoilers.
Think contribution, not accumulation
Today, think about what seeds you can plant. It is not only frugal but prudent to look out for business opportunities and ways to increase your business profits. However, there are greater things in life than profit.
Think contribution, not accumulation. Let’s think about what we can lay up for tomorrow, and not just what we can eat today. Think good legacy, not great riches.
Robert Stevenson is long gone. He died in 1894, and was just 44 years old. Nonetheless, his books still speak on and have given him a good legacy that will probably last another 100 years.
Leaving a good Legacy
Today, we at Innovate Design Studios are planting a seed towards a good legacy. This post launches our blog, titled Innovate Today. Its purpose is to inspire everyone to live lives filled with innovation and creativity every day. Our hope is that it will stir you to take bold steps towards your dreams, knowing that they can be achieved.
We end our post today with a funny quote from Steve Martins:
Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you’ll be a mile away and have his shoes. – Steve Martin
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