Are others fascinated by your "spoor"?
What does your spoor look like and what does it say about you? Will others remember it or be fascinated by it?
I noted a wonderful quote that said “A legacy isn't only about leaving what you earned but also what you learned.” It doesn't call for wealth, fame or even power—you don't have to be a Mandela or Ghandi to leave a positive mark right now, one that will linger long after you're gone.
Some pointers to consider that will help shape your “footprint”.
Find what is important to you?
Questions you could answer:
- How do you want your life to impact on others?
- What are your values?
- If you had to do one thing to improve your world, what would your contribution be?
- How can you leave your mark on whatever you do?
- What legacy would you like to leave in your family, professionally and spiritually?
The answer to these introspective questions will help you develop a meaningful philosophy of life that goes beyond just creating financial wealth. Knowing what's important, what drives you and how you want to be remembered creates tremendous clarity. Knowing what's important, what drives you and how you want to be remembered creates tremendous clarity in how you should live your life.
Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner in their book, A Leaders legacy reminds us "when we ask ourselves how we want to be remembered, we plant the seeds for living our lives as if we matter." When you reflect on your legacy it gives you a compass to help you move with purpose and determination even in the most difficult and challenging times.
Leave a legacy of leadership
What are you doing to develop the leadership pipeline in your company? John C. Maxwell says that "A leader's lasting value is measured by succession." He calls it the principle of multiplication. This is also the central theme in my book called “Raising Giant Killers”
Develop a plan not only to pass on your technical mastery and knowledge of your business or profession, but also your wisdom and your leadership philosophy. Teach about the importance of people, how to creating lifelong customers, balancing profits with ethics and doing well while doing good.
What are the leadership lessons that you should pass on?
Your significance lies in being a mentor for others.
There is a difference between success and significance. Success is when we add value to our own lives but significance is when we add value to others. Mentorship is about significance.
People desperately need the value of authentic mentoring. This applies to families, communities, churches, schools and business.
As a business owner, chances are, other people helped you on your path to success. Why not pay it forward by helping young entrepreneurs make their mark? Now take this statement and add your career title and make it your own.