Leave a Legacy

Leave a Legacy

It’s been a busy week of admin this week catching up on all the leads I am working on and phoning a few potential clients. Picking up the phone is something which is much more challenging than writing an email, but it is often far more effective.

I called a contact I made on the Queen Mary 2 on the cruise to New York in June as they hadn’t responded to my emails. I called a couple of days ago and it rang out without any answer and I chose not to leave a message. Then yesterday I called this contact in Miami Florida again and they answered immediately.

They answered the call

This took me by surprise as I was preparing to leave a message. The call went very well and they confirmed that they thought my story is really inspirational and were impressed with my presentations on the QM2. On the back of this call I am considering a trip over to Miami as they are a huge corporation and who knows where this may lead.

They also mentioned that they very rarely check their email so if I hadn’t made the call this potential lead wouldn’t have materialised. Julie and I use a phrase ‘Call em All’ which goes back to something which happened a while back encouraging me to call my clients.

I came across this article in Word for Today which I found to be deep and meaningful:

Leave a legacy

“You don’t get to choose the moment of your arrival and departure here on earth, but you get to choose what your legacy will be, what you will be remembered for. At five, he wrote an advanced concerto for the harpsichord.

Before he was ten he published several violin sonatas and was playing the best of Handel and Bach from memory. Soon after his twelfth birthday he composed and conducted his first opera.

An amazing life

He was awarded an honorary appointment as concertmaster with the Salzburg Symphony Orchestra, and within a few years was hailed as the pride of Salzburg. When he died at age thirty-five he had written forty-eight symphonies; forty-seven arias, duets, and quartets, with orchestral accompaniment; and more than a dozen operas.

He’s credited with some 600 original compositions in all. Even so, Mozart lived most of his life in poverty and died in obscurity. His sick widow seemed indifferent about his death. A few friends made it to the church for his funeral, but a storm prohibited their going to the graveside for his burial.

He lived for others

So the location of his grave became virtually impossible to identify. No shrine marks his resting place. Today, what is Mozart remembered for? What is his legacy? Not the life he lived, but the music he gave the world that still enriches our lives.

When your life’s sole focus is self-interest, you won’t be missed when you are gone, or missed for the right reasons. So, find a cause greater than yourself, one that will outlive you, and pour yourself into it.

Don’t just leave a will, leave a legacy that fulfils your purpose on the earth.”

This really made me think

Wow this really made me think about my focus and whether what I am doing will outlive me and make a difference. I feel that I am heading in the right direction with what I am doing, and I hope that I positively impact more and more people as the years go by.

Thoughts for the week.

1. What is your focus in life?
2. Will what you are doing outlive you and leave a legacy?
3. If the answer is yes, then keep going if no, then find something which will.
4. When you live for something greater than yourself you feel something beautiful
5. Think of others and focus on them and you will live a peaceful fulfilled life.

Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and keep Believing.

Warm regards

John

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August 3rd, 2019|