People won’t know who you are until it’s too late. Who would remember you after you’re gone? More importantly, why should you care? Why should they care?
Instead of focusing on the number of those who might remember, think about the impact you might have on them. Everyone has the ability to do their absolute best and help those around them. Our actions shouldn’t be aimless. We can instill our values in each and every action we take.
When you are an entrepreneur, the easiest way to create a legacy is to create a multi-million dollar brand, right? As it turns out, it all starts with who you are as a person. You have to do some self-reflection and decide what exactly you want to achieve. You don’t have to be the richest person to make your mark on this world.
The first thing you need to think about is what you want to spend the rest of your life contributing to. These things should be closely connected to your heart. We all follow a set of self-imposed norms; evaluate what you want to exemplify to the world. Also, look at how you can connect that to your business.
Once you have that idea in mind, don’t hesitate. You can start right now. Time does not wait on anyone; we all have limited time on the planet. Cherish the moments you have and make them worthwhile. If we want our businesses and our legacies to grow, then we need to devote meaningful activities and time to them. Procrastination followed by poor rationalization will lead to regret later on.
All resources are limited, except for our minds.
Create an action plan based on the resources you do have. You don’t have to donate large sums of money to be charitable. Share your time, expertise, and energy. You can mentor someone by sharing your experience. It starts with small acts of kindness; treat employees with respect and kindness. This even extends to those affected by your business like your customers and collaborators.
Simple acts are powerful as they can change lives in powerful ways. You can build a culture of kindness by consistently performing kind acts. They cause a sort of ripple effect — they inspire others to replicate what you have done.
As amazing as it can be to build your legacy, don’t stretch yourself too thin. Understand that there is a limit and you might not always be able to do the things you want. Instead, focus on a few essential tasks to perform on a weekly basis. By concentrating on building relationships, you will cultivate a culture around the ideals you want. There should be no room for unimportant, trivial things. Assess what matters to you most and devote your energies to that.
By concentrating on a few key areas, you ensure that you are doing your best. No one can do it all, but everyone can do something. You don’t have to be perfect at what you do. Second-guessing is a precursor to inaction. Even if you can create a solid plan of what you want to contribute to, making the right decisions for everyone is the best place to start.
You might not feel like you have anything to leave behind, but ask yourself what you are actively doing to contribute to that legacy.