During a recent speech, I told the audience that my mission was to empower the self-employed to succeed. Instantly a hand shot up in the audience. “What’s your definition of success?” I smiled to myself — I love it when they ask this question!
There are as many definitions of success as there are self employed people. Success could be “hitting my financial goals,” or “becoming a nationally-known speaker.” There’s no right or wrong definition of success. It’s a very personal matter. Success might mean that you can send your kids to college, or take two vacations every year.
But I challenge you to add one more component to your definition of success: What will you leave behind as your lasting legacy?
Every single one of us leaves a legacy. Your very existence has an impact on the world whether you intend it or not. So, how do you want to be remembered?
Ask yourself, “If I died today …”
- What would I want people to say about me?
- How have I helped other people?
- Have I done my best, given my all?
- Did my life have meaning and purpose?
Working towards a legacy in both your business and personal life keeps you motivated and performing at your peak. It gives a higher purpose to your life and work. Your work has an edge and energy because you’re no longer just “doing work,” you’re building a legacy. Above all, it helps you share the fullest of what you are. And that’s what I call Success!
© 2004 Karyn Greenstreet.