Earlier this month I was honored with a pleasure to read through my friend’s then unpublished manuscript (now available for everyone) and witness the publication on Tuesday last week!
It is such an exhilarating process to see a dream come true!
What makes it even more special, is the fact that we’re always witnessing something legendary as we’re seeing a dream come true. It’s not only that we’re making our dreams come true, but also, by doing that, leaving our own tracks on the uncharted territories.
And that is how our legacies are born.
I know we’ve lately talked about impact and movement and now legacy. All meaning the same thing.
We each leave a legacy behind us. A road left paved for those who follow. What’s the legacy you want to leave behind?
I’m not sure we’re using enough time to consider any of these questions in our everyday lives. Especially in business people are more keen on making decisions based on costs or allotted time or expected revenues – in a short term.
Just last week one of my clients shared a concern about a project he’s working on, in which it seems decisions are made hastily, purely based on costs on the short term.
If we only consider the short term costs, it’s easy to lose the focus on the big picture. In the meaning of it all. And to start micromanage details that are, indeed, important, yet do not cover even nearly the whole ground.
In such cases, the road left paved for those who follow is going to be full of unpleasant surprises, with constant frustrations and fuzziness, requiring attention, time and other resources. Fixing a fire after a fire.
On the other hand, if we only see the big picture, the danger is that you don’t quite know what to do or how to start, feeling too small or not enough for the task at hand. Or the task at hand may seem too big or too complicated to accomplish.
That is why it’s so important to keep the big picture in mind, while diving deeper into the details.
What do you think would happen, if we’d start with the question of what do we leave behind? What kind of road is there left paved for those who follow? How would we prefer it to be?
In what kind of world would you think we’d then live?