Over the weekend I heard about a long time leader who is gravely ill. His life has been an amazing investment in the next generation … truly a legacy of influence.

One of the younger leaders who has been impacted told me there are several guiding principles his mentor has lived by and passed along. These principles are how he will be remembered:

* Each generation has a responsibility to invest in the next generation.

* You don’t reproduce what you want, you reproduce what you are.

* Value people over products.

* Seek first to understand not to be understood .

* Love extravagantly. 

Not to be morbid, but all of us are going to die. There is a verse in the Bible, Ecclesiastes 7:1, that says, A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.” The verse is a reminder that a life well lived matters more than one spent chasing material gain. 

How do you want to be remembered? Do you have a set of guiding principles that you live by? Socrates words, “the unexamined life is not worth living,” are still true today.

Is it time for you to take inventory?


Author: Randy

Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.