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Have you decided about the legacy you would like to leave behind?
Let me tell you a story before I tell you anything about success and leaving a legacy behind.
Anthony Burgess was 40 when he learned that he had only one year to live. He had a brain tumor that would kill him within a year. He knew he had a battle on his hands. He was completely broke at the time, and he didn’t have anything to leave behind for his wife, Lynne, soon to be a widow. Anthony was desperate to leave a legacy behind for his wife.
Burgess had never been a professional novelist in the past, but he always knew the potential was inside him to be a writer. So, for the sole purpose of leaving royalties behind for his wife, he put a piece of paper into a typewriter and began writing. He had no certainty that he would even be published, but he couldn’t think of anything else to do.
“It was January of 1960,” he said, “and according to the prognosis, I had a winter and spring and summer to live through, and would die with the fall of the leaf.”
In that time Burgess wrote energetically, finishing five and a half novels before the year wad through (very nearly the entire lifetime output of E.M. Foster, and almost twice that of J. D. Salinger.)
But Burgess did not die. His cancer had gone into remission and then disappeared altogether. In his long and full life as a novelist (he is best known for A Clockwork Orange), he wrote more than 70 books, but without the death sentence from cancer, he may not have written at all.
Many of us are like Anthony Burgess, hiding greatness inside, waiting for some external emergency to bring it out. Ask yourself what you’d do if you had Anthony Burgess’s original predicament.
If I had just a year to live, how would I live differently? What exactly would I do? Ask yourself what is one thing that drives your passion?
You already know to think big? I am going to tell you to think bigger and pursue your goals in leaps and bounds. In short think big and act bigger.
Now the question arises how big is big enough? The answer lies in your perception.
How do you see yourself in coming years? What are your dreams? Do you know how to reach there?
Have you made grand goals and desire to achieve grandest of results? Remember “If you do what you have been doing, you will get what you always have got” For different results you are required to think and work differently.
If you have made a goal and you easily achieve it then it indicates your goal was not big enough. How do you know if you have made a big realistic achievable goal? When the goal makes you uncomfortable then yes it is. Goal setting is not a random casual process but a carefully calculated aim which feeds on your dreams.
Remember that you are a living magnet what you think and aspire comes to you eventually. So HOLD your feelings and emotions. Think twice is this you want as it is will be yours soon. Start thinking positive and create a BIG vision.
Creating a vision is very important. Your long term vision will give a direction to your life. Life without goal and vision is like a boat without sail. It is at the mercy of the wind, ready to be marooned anywhere by chance.
Wake up! Get direction for your life, set goals, create a Vision and set out on mission of your life. Be the architect of your destiny. This is how you are going to leave a legacy behind.
I am sure till now the word legacy must be giving you all tangible images of money, house, and wealth and so on. Let me tell you as a leader we fail to appreciate enormous gift we can leave behind for our family friends and society in an intangible manner which depends on our leadership capabilities. So, consider this as an important duty of a leader.