Legacy think: Are you leaving legacy material?

‘You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.’  Irene C. Kassorla

If someone wanted to write a book about your life, how much material can they access about you?

 Your legacy material is what is available to others about you. For example, Virginia Woolf had documented almost every single day of her life in her diaries. This made it easier for others admiring her writing to read about her life and find inspiration for pursuing their own legacy goals.

 Legacy material can come in many different forms. Here are just a few:

 The end-products of your legacy projects. This is what you accomplished as your legacy projects. For example, for J.K. Rowling this would be the Harry Potter series. For Lady Gaga this would be her singles and albums.

 What you created while working on your legacy projects. For example notes made, DVD extras, diary entries etc.

 The traces you left in the world. For example photographs, blog posts, tweets, emails, letters, articles etc. It is important that these are fully accessible, ideally on the internet.

 What else is communicated about you. For example articles about your accomplishments, projects you have inspired, quotes by other people etc.

 All these things contribute to your legacy material, and make up the story of your life. It is important to realise that leaving as much legacy material behind as possible is part and parcel of creating legacy. Your story in pursuing your legacy goals and working on your legacy projects, the obstacles you had to overcome, and the strategies you used to motivate yourself can become just as inspirational to others as the results of fulfilling your goals.

The time is now.

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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