Legacy — oh, what an impactful, yet heavily misconstrued word it is!
The Oxford dictionary defines the term “legacy” as the capital and real estate that one leaves for descendants to inherit. But is that all leaving your legacy stands for?
Honestly, the greatest legacy that you can pass on to your upcoming generations isn’t the monetary or materialistic wealth you’ve created in life.
Yes, fortune and wealth might get your name carved on an expensive tombstone. But a legacy built on ideal values, faith, and character is how you carve yourself into everyone’s hearts forever.
Materialistic Legacy vs Idealistic Legacy – What’s The Difference?
Yes, cash runs the world. Money gets you all the luxuries one can dream of, and even more. But the problem here is that most of us are so busy chasing big bucks that we forget about the intangible legacy one should accumulate.
Here are our two cents. See, one can lose every single penny they’ve inherited overnight. One wrong decision, and poof! It’s all gone.
BUT, the worldview, character, and wisdom that they’ve inherited from their predecessors stay forever — and that’s what makes the biggest difference.
How Do You Want To Be Remembered?
Everyone perceives legacy differently — but in the end, it all comes down to what you’re leaving behind to be remembered by generations to come.
It suddenly feels like our life has found its purpose, and we leave everything behind to create wealth and property till we’ve hit retirement age. Now that we’ve accumulated millions, there’s a relief of being remembered as successful, wealthy, and established people when we’re gone.
But ask yourself — would leaving a huge materialistic legacy be worth it if the hardships, stress, and struggle robs you from enjoying your life and youth?
Let’s start living deeply, consciously, and start appreciating the people in our lives. So that when we’re settling our final affairs, the regret of neglecting the wonderful life we’ve been blessed with doesn’t bother us.
How To Leave The Greatest Legacy And Be Remembered Forever
Here’s how you can make sure everyone remembers you as a great person.
1. Love And Support Everyone Close To You
Getting started isn’t that hard — just be supportive and kind towards the ones you’re surrounded with. Maintain healthy relationships and put in genuine efforts to put a smile on their faces.
Yes, most relationships don’t last forever but it doesn’t hurt to love, respect, and care for them while they’re present in our lives.
You may not be so tight with the pals you’re hanging out with within the next 5 years. But if you appreciate them being in your life, they’ll always remember you as a cheerful, optimistic, and beautiful person.
2. Don’t Neglect Your Passion
Ideas change lives. Ideas transform the world.
Never shelve your passion and interests to focus on other things — rather, enjoy every single one of them to the fullest. Once you’re truly following your passions, life opens hundreds of new possibilities in your life.
You might just be one risky decision away from a massive breakthrough, which embarks your legacy. This could be how you’ll be remembered for making the world a better place. So, don’t risk it by not taking the risk.
3. Practice Being A Mentor
What is a mentor? Somebody with immense knowledge and expertise about things who can guide the less experienced. Once you’ve found the area of knowledge and truth you could help others with, you’re already on the right path.
Guide your mentees in the right direction and you’ll be remembered forever for changing their perspective and mindset and aiding their personal growth. What do you know? Maybe your mentees will follow your path at one point to spread your knowledge and wisdom.
Summing It Up
As per the words of Shannon L. Alder, “a legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you”.
You must leave a great legacy to be remembered by people when you’re gone. But you’re the one who decides what you leave behind, so make the right decisions while you’re here.
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