You may have heard the story about Jadav Payeng who was called The Forest Man, whose legacy was to plant a tree every day for 37 years becoming a beautiful oasis.
An amazing story and living embodiment of the philosophy that one person can make a difference.
The Starfish story is another, this one was based on the purpose of my business – working together to make a difference, where a young girl was throwing one starfish at a time back into the sea before the sun came up having been washed up on the shore due a storm the previous night.
There are many inspirational stories like these, however, there are many more that go unnoticed where people do wonderful things for others and their communities every day that never seem to get noticed or be remembered for that.
For example did you know what Alfred B Nobel was famous for before establishing the Nobel Prize? He was believed to be dead and read his obituary in the newspaper which described him as a man who had made it possible to kill more people more quickly than anyone else who had ever lived. This prompted him to want to be remembered for something positive!
We all strive to do the best we can and may strive to leave a legacy for our children or grandchildren. We may even set up a business which can be passed onto our families so they have a legacy where we can be remembered.
Leaving a legacy isn’t necessarily big events like those described above, but more for being kind or loving. Whether anyone is rich or poor, what we do and what we give back or pay forward makes us feel good and encourages others to do the same. We become a good role model for others in our families or in our business.
What legacy might you leave? Consider this and see how you might work on achieving this each and every day, in your small way planting a tree, saving a starfish or establishing a prize or certificate or even recognition for something someone has done!
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