LEGACY Letters – How does Learning and Sharing affect your LEGACY?
How do we build something, fix something, change how we do things? We learn what we need to in order to do what it is we want or desire to do.
If we must learn what it is we need in order to build something, wouldn’t it seem reasonable that we need to learn in order to build a LEGACY.
I have been using a phrase or saying for quite some time and it has become a tag line for me for the last 7 years. That phrase is “Challenge yourself daily, Learn continually and Share what you learn”. As I look at what the most vital aspects of creating, building and living a LEGACY are, this one jumped out at me.
Many have said when we stop learning and growing, wee die – not literally, but figuratively. Others have said if we are not moving forward by learning every day, we are really going backward. Others have put forth the idea that if someone says they know everything they need to know they are not only kidding themselves but reveal a level of arrogance that is not serving them well.
Who do you know who really wants to be going in reverse? I don’t know many. So why do we not make it an imperative every day to learn and grow and give ourselves the opportunities that that growth will bring about? Maybe because we don’t yet link how important learning is to our LEGACY – our LEGACY being that thing, good or bad, that will keep on influencing others long after we are gone.
As we learn and grow we stay current, we stay vital, we stay relevant and our actions, thoughts and words stay meaningful. If we don’t learn, we lose the ability to gain new ideas, thoughts and abilities that could have a profound and significant impact on others. When we begin to believe we know it all, we can also lose the humility that is essential for others to sense in us. A humility that is paramount for others to value what we have to share.
And if learning is the part that gives us the opportunity to build our LEGACY daily, then sharing what we have learned is the spark that ignites the flame that carries our LEGACY forward with future generations.
Our LEGACY doesn’t become worthwhile or useful to others until it is shared. Only by sharing what it is that we are continually learning will we be able to see the fruit or the benefit to others of our own growth.
About five years ago I gave a plaque to my dad for his 85th birthday. It had all sorts of cliche’s, quips and nice sayings. What was on that plaque represented a lot of what my father has taught me for the last 58 years. One that I have highlighted as being in the top 5 is “Learn More”. For the first 22 years while I lived at home with my parents until I graduated from college, I remember many, many occasions when my father would pull me aside and tell what he learned on a given day or what great ideas came out of a seminar he attended or the tough lessons we learned playing Father – Son tennis tournaments.
If my dad hadn’t shared any of these lessons, I would not be who I am today. I’m sure you have many similar stories about your parents, sisters, brothers, relatives, teachers, friends neighbors and business associates.
We are all better for what others have learned and been willing to share with us along the way. SO isn’t it our turn to share all that we have learned so those we hold most dear can benefit and become exceptional in their own right.
Especially considering this week is Thanksgiving week, here’s to sharing and building that very cool, one of a kind LEGACY with those you will spend time with this week!
Be well and stay safe.