“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” – Kalu Ndukwe Kalu
Although the taste of success is sweet, the reward of leaving a legacy is even sweeter. In business, as well as in life, if you are not moving forward, you are moving backward. Anything that isn’t growing, is dying, or is already dead. The goal should not to merely be successful financially, but to be significant in the lives of others.
In Galatians 6:7 the Bible says “a man reaps what he sows”. This is true. Many times the proof can be found in the lineage of the family, through the lives of the sower’s children and grandchildren. The parents that ignore their children, coddle them, or neglect to teach them, often end up with broken families. Their children self-destruct, starting a cycle that may last for generations. The parents that teach their children well, in every area of life, tend to have families that love each other, work hard, and share common values based on faith in God. These Legacy Families generally continue to create more Legacy Families, thus having many generations living lives of significance, having learned from their ancestors.
Never be afraid to take up the fight to make this world a better place for your children and grandchildren by building families and businesses that thrive and endure for generations. Make the time to love and teach them. If you have children, being a good parent is your most important role in life. Live balanced lives that include being responsible parents and grandparents as well as building a business for which you can also be proud. Leaving a legacy isn’t easy, it takes guts and determination, but don’t let anyone convince you that it is impossible! As the Bible says in Mark 10:27, “all things are possible with God”.