I came across a quote in a book called 'Sum' by David Eagleman:
There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.
That got me thinking about legacy. What do you leave behind?
The large majority of people are entirely focused on the short term. We desire instant gratification.
However, the small contingent that are looking forward have a very different mindset. A legacy is what will remain on this earth after you have moved on. In my mind, a legacy is built on the value that you have brought to the table. It's the actions that you have taken, not your words. It's the people you have changed, not the people who sing empty praises.
Today, coincidentally, is the birthday of the father of my country - Nelson Mandela - someone who will leave behind the single greatest legacy ever left by an African. Madiba's worldwide impact is almost impossible to fathom, he inspires millions and millions of people through his outlook, mindset and disposition. If we look at why he was so inspiring however, we find a profound but simple piece of truth. While his words were immensely powerful, he will ultimately be remembered for his actions.
Legacy is not about what you say, or what you think.
It's about the actions you take, and what those actions say about you.
If you want to leave something behind. If you want people to speak your name - you need to act on your beliefs.
Stop paying lip service to platitudes, speaking about great dreams and using charm to get by.
Stop making excuses and lying to yourself.
You need to actually go out and build something.
Happy Birthday Tata.