The value of legacy sampling

I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.’  Eartha Kitt

In the last blog post, I outlined three reasons why following your passion is smart, especially when it comes to creating legacy. But what if you don’t yet know what your true passion is? What if you find lots of things fascinating, but don’t yet know enough about them to be able to decide which of these is your true passion? If this sounds familiar, you may have to do some legacy sampling.

Legacy sampling is a period of time in which you try out different things in order to find your true passion. This may take a number of years (my legacy sampling phase lasted 3 years), or it may be relatively quick.

When legacy sampling, aim to do two things:

1. Gather as much in-depth experience in as many fields as possible. This knowledge will later help you when pursuing your legacy goal by providing you with an understanding of the way in which different areas of work are connected.

2. Constantly refine what it is you are after long-term. What gets you excited to get up in the morning? What are you particularly good at? What are you particularly bad at? What do other people think about your skills?

Enjoy the process of legacy sampling. Once you find your true passion, decide on a legacy goal, and start working on legacy projects towards that goal, you will no longer have much time to dabble into so many diverse fields of activity. So the legacy sampling phase is a time during which serendipity is your muse, gradually guiding you towards your true calling. Don’t rush this phase, and keep listening to what your heart is telling you.

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