I wear a wristband around with me everywhere that says “Success is my duty.” I truly believe that success is my duty. Its my duty because I was put on earth for a reason and its my duty to live that purpose out every day of my life. Its my duty to succeed in every area of my life so I can be an example and inspiration to the world around me. However, when I truly look at the end result of success the way I define it, it really spells significance. We all want significance. We all want to know that our life meant something, that we lived a life of significance. However, I think that because of the way that we are raised, to go get a good job and pay bills, we never really think about the legacy we want to leave. A lot of times we never really slow our life down to think about significance and maximizing our lifes meaning. Many times when we are young we think we have a lot of time, and when we are older we think its too late, and the reality is it doesn’t matter, all we have is the rest of our life anyways.
What I want to ask you is have you decided what legacy you want to leave? Have you decided to live a significant life? I remember specifically one day sitting at my desk, the last day I had at my corporate job, thinking about the significance and legacy I want to leave. I want to change the world. I want to encourage and uplift people to chase their god given dream and purpose. I want to completely transform what we teach our youth. Youth need to be taught how to dream and to chase after their dreams. What I have learned is that so many times adults are too wise. So wise they keep kids from really dreaming and chasing after their dreams. I was lucky, my parents didn’t do that. They taught me to dream and chase after them with everything I had. They may have thought I was crazy from time to time, but they still let me go after what I wanted. Because of that, when I got into adulthood, I had more courage to chase after what I wanted. I understood the importance of having a dream and going after it. I knew how to overcome adversity. I knew the importance of learning and gaining skills which allowed me without a college degree to go out and create a good corporate career for myself. Now I am off to truly creating the life I want, but its only because I was taught to dream and go after what I wanted as a kid. So as I was sitting there staring at my desk, thinking about the legacy I wanted to leave, I realized I couldn’t spend another day not creating that legacy. The next day I walked into the office and said it was my last day. Why? Because I want significance. I don’t just want success, I want significance. I truly believe that if you don’t chase after the dream that is inside your heart you won’t leave the legacy and live the life of significance you were created to live.
Months ago I decided on the legacy I wanted to leave. I put it to paper and have read it allowed everyday morning and night. I want to keep that legacy in the forefront of my mind so that I will be constantly reminded of why I am doing what I am doing. When my legacy is in the forefront of my mind I know that I will have the courage to make the decisions I need to make in order to make it a reality. Have you slowed your life down enough to think about and decide upon the legacy you want to leave? Have you slowed down your life enough to think about your hearts desires at a deep level? Have you put those thoughts to paper? If the answer is no to all three, I implore you to do it ASAP. How can you create the life you wanted if you haven’t defined what that life is and put it to paper? How can you create the legacy you want to leave if you haven’t defined what that legacy is? Your life matters. Your life is important. The world needs your gifts, talents, and abilities. The world and people around you need you. They need the significance that you can bring. You can do it! You are capable! Identify it, define it, then live it!
-The Professional Encourager and Uplifter