Almost everyone wants to do something important in life. We all want to create something that explains who we are or what our driving passion in life was. Whether its through a great company, a cause we push or our children, we all want something that can live on long after we are gone from this good earth. In truth, everyone leaves behind a legacy of some sort. The real issue is whether the legacy one creates in life is a good legacy or not. So what does it mean to leave behind a good legacy? In this post, we discuss the subject of legacies and how to build a good legacy.
First, what is a legacy? In our context, a legacy is an inheritance, birthright or something bequest to another by an ancestor or predecessor. In other words, legacies are values left behind by a predecessor. For example, if you are the Principal of a School, your legacy would be the value you added to the School while you were there and left behind for the next Principal. In this light, we see that a legacy is more about value and inheritance than it is about money.
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Now, let’s get back to our post with a look at a great example of a good legacy.
The Legacy of Robert Louis Stevenson
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 his works have been so admired over the years that he is the 26th most translated author in world history. That is quite a legacy.
Robert Louis Stevenson left behind a legacy that has transcended time, dating as far back as 1886. Consider this quote he is credited for:
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
This is an interesting quote from someone whose legacy has lasted over 100 years. Its more particularly interesting since it is not a very popular perspective to life in today’s world. As a matter of fact, it is unique for someone who lived and died at a time when many of the luxuries we have today did not exist.
Margin Call, the Movie
Recently, I watched a movie called Margin Call, starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto and some other really good actors. One take away from the movie is that capitalism and greed can sometimes be boundless. The fictitious Company Executives in the film were able to sell all the company’s assets before they went bankrupt but did not leave behind a good legacy. As a matter of fact, they completely destroyed their chances for future 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. Nevertheless, 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. The purpose of our blog, Innovate Today, is to inspire our readers to live lives filled with innovation and creativity every day. Our hope is that this blog will stir you on to take bold steps towards your dreams, knowing that they can be achieved.
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Today’s Funny Quote
We end our post today with a funny quote from Steve Martin, the American Actor, Comedian and Musician:
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.
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