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Leave a Legacy, Not an Inheritance

“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” – From the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy.


More important than leaving an inheritance for your children is leaving them a proud legacy. And, if you allow me a moment, I’d like to explain why.

Look at it anyway you want, but the Internet is a DIGITAL TATTOO, and your wins and losses, successes and failures, as well as your best and worst moments will live on for perpetuity.

Trust me, the next seven generations will quickly and easily be able to learn everything they need to know about you…to include your contributions or lack thereof.

The fact is, you WILL be leaving behind a legacy. The question is not whether you’ll leave a legacy but what legacy you will leave.

The paths you chose, the actions take, the values and behavior you demonstrate, along with a host of decisions made during your lifetime lead ultimately to YOUR unique legacy.


leave-legacy5Because behavior never lies, you have no choice but to accept the reality that your legacy comprises both ends and means. So, is winning really winning when you are ashamed of how victory came?

The means (demonstrated behavior) by which you move through your life provide the working platform that supports your goals.

Style, courtesy, commitment, hard work, honesty, integrity, dignity and respect—these are the qualities that make for an inspiring legacy. AND, the way you live your life has a direct positive or negative effect on how you are to be remembered.

How can the ends of your efforts be respected if the means make you want to blush in embarrassment?

Your legacy is not age sensitive. Although we relate the two as one, the truth is far from that perception.

Do not defer your legacy. It is never too early or late to consider how you want to be remembered. You should have an intimate obsession with your legacy as it’s the only one you’ve got.

As you age, the clock and calendar reminds you that your time here is finite which forces you to make a move. We have limited time to build something of substance, something that will transcend our own existence.


leave-legacy4The ultimate test of the impact of YOUR life is twofold: whether the world you leave behind is qualitatively different from that which you inherited, and what SPECIFIC contribution you made to that change. Therefore, be worthwhile and do something virtuous with the limited time you have.

Your legacy is a sort of symbolic immortality. Take the long view and seriously consider the impact of your legacy and how it will impact the next seven generations.

YOU WILL continue in some large or small way to participate in the lives of others when you are gone, and the best part is that you can set the example that you want repeated.

Think for a moment as to what you want that impact and participation to be?


Rather than cash, land and jewelry, let your character and the example of a life well-lived be your family heirloom to future generations.

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Everything Counts!

Gary Ryan Blair

P.S. I personally believe that the greatest use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it, and if your life’s work can be accomplished during your lifetime, you’re not thinking big enough.

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