LEGACY. Simply put, the common meaning of the word is something that is passed on from one generation to the next. As an overall concept, this definition is accurate but as a reality, I believe that it is more nuanced. Legacy, to me, is something that should be an individual journey and directly links to one’s impact. Everyone has a different purpose in life and what they leave to this world should mirror what their unique purpose is. The truth is, your legacy may not affect thousands of people, and that is okay.
Being able to have a positive impact on just one person’s life is a powerful legacy to leave.
A good mentor of mine shared with me this simple phrase that I strive to achieve every day: “Leave every space and place better than it was when you arrived.” If each of us are able to do that, then the domino effect that it will have can create a great impact and lasting legacy in our communities. Here are a few quick “Legacy Checks” that I use to make sure that I am on the right track as I take my weekly personal inventory.
1. Happiness Check
Are you happy right now? First things first, if you aren’t happy with where you are right now then put any thoughts of legacy on hold and figure that out first. Your happiness and health are priorities. The happier and healthier you are, the easy it will be to help others.
2. Passion Check
Are you passionate about what you are doing? This doesn’t have to only apply to your day job. The reality is that most people don’t have the luxury of having a job that they are passionate about. If that is you, then look at what you can do outside of work that can begin to make lasting impacts. Volunteering, side projects, or even just being an accountability partner for a friend are all ways to find an impactful passion outside of work.
3. Inspiration Check
Is anything that you are doing an inspiration to someone else? The late Nipsey Hussle was one of the most inspirational people of this generation. In an interview with Big Boy at the Real 92.3 LA radio station, Nipsey profoundly said, “The best thing you can do for a person is to inspire them. That’s the best currency you can offer: inspiration. So, when a person can rely on you for that, that empowers them in every realm of their life. Being inspired. It empowers them in their relationships, in their business, in their art, in their creativity. It empowers them because without inspiration, you’re dry.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Rest in Peace, Power, and Paradise Nipsey Hussle. Your legacy and inspiration has without a doubt left a powerful impact on this world. The Marathon continues in your memory.