Questions before starting a legacy project

‘I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.’  Jimmy Dean

Writer Markus Zusek was once asked how he decides whether to start writing a particular book. He answered that when trying to decide, he imagines that a ray of light comes down from the Heavens and tells him ‘this book you want to write – it’s never going to get published. No one will ever read it. You won’t get paid a single penny for it. And your friends will desert you for writing it.’ And then he asks himself: if this were to happen, would I still write this particular book? If the answer is ‘yes’, then he goes ahead and writes it.

Make sure you take on your legacy project for the right reasons. Here are a few questions to help you decide:

 1. Is this a ‘passion’ or a ‘duty’ project? Only go for ‘passion’ projects; duty projects are far less likely to get completed.

 2. If this project was the last I could undertake as part of my legacy goal, would I still choose this one?

 3. How will I see the situation in 10 years time? If you suspect you’ll regret not taking on a particular legacy project, you are probably right.

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