I once heard it explained that when you have more money than you need, that’s wealth. When you use your money to make a difference, that’s power. In my experience, wealth and power are inextricably intertwined.
Once a woman becomes financially secure, her motivation shifts from making more money to leaving a legacy, to giving back to others in ways that fill her with meaning and pleasure, while imbuing her with the power and the ability to make an impact.
I am convinced that successful women offer our greatest hope for healing the planet. And I believe you are meant to be one of them—if you aren’t already.
So I ask you: What will your legacy be? This question cuts right to the core of why you’re here and the mark you wish to make after you’re gone. Your desired legacy serves as an internal compass, guiding your daily decisions in the direction of your optimal future.
Every one of us leaves a legacy, but in my experience, surprisingly few reflect on what they want theirs to be. Yet, it’s an important point for us all to ponder.
If you haven’t already, now is the time to think about your legacy. Here’s how to begin. Ask yourself, ‘How do I want to be remembered after I’m gone?’
Your legacy need not light up the sky. It needs only to leave the slightest footprint in the sand. Whether you engage in a small act of kindness or a ground-breaking global initiative, you are touching lives, making a difference.
The size or scope of your impact is irrelevant. As philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson put it, “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.”
All that matters is that your legacy reflects your purpose, makes you proud, brings you pleasure, and inspires or improves something or someone else.
Have you spent time reflecting on your legacy? Leave me a comment below.