Everyone wants to leave a legacy. We all want to make an impact on the world around us, change something for the better, and be seen. The problem is, there isn’t a formula for how much work you have to put in before you have a legacy. You just live and do and as you’re going, as you’re doing, as you’re living, slowly small pieces come together to create something remarkable.
The Little Things
Making your mark doesn’t happen overnight, and sometimes we never have the inside information or outward expression that shows how we leave an impact, but we do leave an impact. You could be a Paula Scher who has an eye for something that looks good that nobody else is doing. You could be a David Carson who breaks the industry rules. You could be a Joey Ryan who fights against all odds. Whoever you are, you are right now accumulating the little things that become the wealth of your legacy later.
Do It Now
How do you want to be remembered? Live that way.
What kind of Impact do you want your business to have? Start now.
What do you want to be remembered for-
Starting something new?
Remember that when you’re in the middle of what you are challenging, overcoming, solving, and creating.
Choose Your Legacy
I thought I was going to write a post about what you can do to make your mark. The reality is, you are making a mark. You are creating a legacy. You’re in the character-building, challenging, up-and-down process of making your mark right now, whether you want to or not. When I design, I work with a lot of different components: my expectations, my client’s expectations, the standards of the industry, the value of my work, etc. The question I always ask myself is this: How can I tell this story? How am I communicating the vision of this fill-in-the-blank, and am I challenging myself while doing it? If I’m phoning it in, what’s the point anymore? That’s not the legacy I want to leave.
What are the questions you ask yourself? What are you committed to and what kind of mark do you want to make on the world? Tell me in the comments section below, I’d love to hear.