Difference between your legacy goal and legacy projects

‘I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery.’  Rene Descartes

Okay, we’ve spoken about your legacy goal, and we’ve also spoken about legacy projects. But what exactly is the difference between these two concepts?

 Your legacy goal is the way in which you plan on creating legacy. As part of pursuing this goal, you will most likely have several legacy projects. Your legacy projects need to be perfectly aligned to your legacy goal, i.e. each project needs to be one more step towards reaching the goal. Also, your legacy projects should have a very definite completion point. Your legacy goal, on the other hand, usually does not. If your goal is to be the best blogger that ever lived, you cannot be fully certain you have achieved that goal, so you need to constantly keep working at it until the very end.

 You can have more than one legacy goal, but be careful. The more legacy goals you have, the more you are spreading yourself thin. Two goals, or even three – if within a broader area of work – are okay over a long life-span. More than that, and you need to rethink.

 Your legacy projects, on the other hand, can be many – as most of them relate to the same legacy goal. If your legacy goal is to leave a substantial body of literature, your legacy projects are each of the books you are working on. For a painter, each painting can represent a legacy project, contributing to the larger legacy goal of being the best painter that s/he can possibly be.

 Hope this helps – though let me know if you’d like me to spend more time explaining the difference between your legacy goal and your legacy projects.

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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