Legacy think: What is your legacy goal?

‘You have to know one big thing and stick with it. The leaders who had one very big idea and one very big commitment. This permitted them to create something. Those are the ones who leave a legacy.’  Irving Kristol

A legacy goal is something you work towards, which you think will contribute to you creating legacy. This type of goal usually takes the form of building an outstanding career in a particular area. For example, your legacy goal can be to create a substantial body of work as an actress; to publish several life-changing novels; or to become a music icon.

 You can have more than one legacy goal throughout your life. Cher, for example, worked towards two legacy goals: one in music, the other in acting. If you choose to do that, you should make sure one of your goals is firmly under way before adopting the second goal, so as not to spread yourself too thin and miss valuable opportunities in both areas.

 You may also have several legacy goals within the same (broader) area of work. This can work to your advantage, as success in one area can be used to start from a strong position in a related area. For example, Angela Lansbury started out her career by pursuing a legacy goal as an award-winning film actress. She later used her successes in the film industry to land a leading part in a Broadway musical, after only one other short-lived experience as a musical stage actress. After garnering numerous awards as part of pursuing this second legacy goal, she then leveraged her successes once again to land the leading role of Jessica Fletcher on Murder She Wrote, thus becoming a world-famous television star.

 Do you already know what your legacy goal is? Do you have more than one goal? Choose carefully and focus, as the legacy goal(s) you set yourself can either cement or undermine your legacy.

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Alexa Ispas

I am a social entrepreneur, blogger, and talent scout, interested in helping people who want to create legacy. I have recently completed my PhD thesis in social psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and am originally from Romania. I am writing a daily blog on creating legacy, which you can find at www.alexaispas.com