8 reasons why you should DIY

‘Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one’s own person is its ultimate reward.’  Patricia Sampson

Creating legacy through DIY

The term ‘DIY’ is well-known to legacy creators – it refers to the decision to start a legacy project yourself, without waiting for the approval of the gatekeepers. For musicians, DIY might mean releasing a record without having signed with a lable; for writers, it might mean self-publishing (this blog, for example, is a classic DIY project); for actors, it might mean casting yourself in a play or a film, and then getting people together who can help you produce these.

DIY is an excellent way to create legacy. Here are Here are 8 reasons why:

 1. DIY lets you make your own game. It means you can create the legacy project you want to create, rather than following others.

 2. DIY is the best way to make sure things gets done. It means you don’t have to wait for the gatekeepers to let you in.

 3. DIY makes you focus on the essential. When you don’t have gatekeepers and others to keep happy, and only very limited resources, you are more likely to focus on the essential actions that will move your legacy project forward.

 4. DIY is empowering. It allows you independence and freedom from gatekeepers.

 5. DIY helps you get your priorities right. It allows you to put energy spent on keeping the gatekeepers happy into pursuing your goal.

 6. DIY follows your body cycle. It allows you to stay true to what keeps you most productive, e.g. replace the 9-5 with something that works better for you.

 7. DIY gives you leverage. Let gatekeepers get in touch with you rather than you having to invest the energy you need to produce your legacy to chase them up.

 8. DIY makes you become a master of budgeting. Don’t wait for the perfect circumstances. DIY can teach you to do what you can with what you’ve got. You can improve quality further once you have more resources, for now it is important to just get started.

What are your thoughts to the DIY approach to creating 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