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Leaving a Legacy

Have you thought about the legacy you want to leave? Not just the business you want to build or the career you want to pursue. But how you want to be remembered after you’re gone?

Every one of us leaves a legacy—be it Greatness or Mediocrity. But surprisingly few reflect on what they want theirs to be. Yet it is an important point for us all to ponder.

Your legacy need not light up the sky. It need leave only the slightest footprint in the sand.

Whether you engage in small acts of kindness or a groundbreaking global initiative, the scope is irrelevant. All that matters is that you’ve touched another’s life.

Not clear about your legacy? Try this exercise. Close your eyes, take several deep breaths, and relax. Imagine that you are on your deathbed, at the end of a long and wonderful life.

As you lie there, ask yourself this question: What gives me the most satisfaction knowing this is what I’ll be remembered for?

Then ask yourself: What can I begin doing right now that will contribute to this legacy?

I’d love to hear the legacy you wish to leave and what you’re are doing about it. Leave a comment below.

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Comments & Feedback

  • Linda Lynch

    Dear Barbara, I was once given the exercise of writing my own imagined obituary to identify what I had accomplished (and what I most hoped to accomplish). The guidelines asked for honesty and authenticity, and truth in pondering the task and it really brought out and highlighted my greatest cares and concerns – and starred those things yet to accomplish in my heart’s desire. It was a wonderful exercise.

  • barbara huson

    Thanks for your comment, Linda. I completely agree. Writing your obituary is probably one of the most eye-opening exercises I’ve ever done. In fact, I’ve done it several times…and each time I uncover something new. I so appreciate you reminding me of this!!!!

  • Cynthia Mosser

    The legacy I wish to be remembered for is my giving to art programs at underserved schools. The obituary writing idea sounds great! I’ll try it tomorrow!

    Thank you Barbara. I profoundly appreciate you, and your ability to see through what is truly going on in regard to one’s issues surrounding money. 🙂

    • barbara huson

      Oh Cynthia, what a beautiful legacy. And yes, try writing your obituary and let me know how it goes. Also, I deeply appreciate your kind words xoxo

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Meet Barbara Huson

When a devastating financial crisis rocked her world, Barbara Huson knew she had to get smart about money… and she did. Now, she wants to empower every women to take charge of their money and take charge of their lives! She’s doing just that with her best-selling books, life changing retreats and private financial coaching.

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