What Is Your Legacy?

By: Karyn Greenstreet

During a recent speech, I told the audience that my mission was to empower the self-employed to succeed. Instantly a hand shot up in the audience. “What’s your definition of success?" I smiled to myself -- I love it when they ask this question!

There are as many definitions of success as there are self employed people. Success could be “hitting my financial goals," or “becoming a nationally-known speaker." But I challenge you to add one more component to your definition of success: What will you leave behind as your lasting legacy?

Every single one of us leaves a legacy.

Your very existence has an impact on the world whether you intend it or not. So, how do you want to be remembered?

Ask yourself, “If I died today ..."

  • What would I want people to say about me?

  • How have I helped other people?

  • Have I done my best, given my all?

  • Did my life have meaning and purpose?

Working towards a legacy in both your business and personal life keeps you motivated and performing at your peak. It gives a higher purpose to your life and work. Your work has an edge and energy because you’re no longer just “doing work," you’re building a legacy. Above all, it helps you share the fullest of what you are. And that’s what I call Success!

© 2004 Karyn Greenstreet.

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