The key to finding success is not a one fits all solution.

It’s the same with identifying happiness in our lives and discovering what legacy we’d like to leave behind at the end of our lives.

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Senior year of college I remember an assignment for what I’d label a useless class. We had to write a 2-pager on the legacy we’d leave behind after life. A eulogy. What will people say about you when you’re gone?

It was an exercise which caused me to seriously consider what impact I could have on others and whether the path of life I’d chosen would be enough for multitudes of people to say great things about me when I died. It was that moment, senior year of college, (which is a rather emotional roller coaster of a year), that I realized…probably not.

There wasn’t anything astonishing or unusual I’d done. I hadn’t done anything to stand out from my peers, I hadn’t taken any actions to deliberately make a difference in the life of my friends and acquaintances. The more I thought about it the more I realized there would be nothing to say at the end of my life unless I took action.

Taking action in life is a scary step.

After all you could fail, make mistakes, lose friends, be judged, have others look down on you…shall I go on?

While mindset is key, the main factor is determining whether you want success badly enough to risk it all. Are you willing to lose it all to gain it all? How badly do you want it?

Love it or hate it, reading or hearing about the success of others hits a spot inside of us. Whether it’s jealously at their good fortune or inspiration to stay motivated to reach your lofty goals, stories are powerful. They inspire us. They motivate us. They get us jealous enough to try it ourselves.

One way to get started is to put an action plan together. For a limited time I’m now offering action planning sessions on Google Helpouts. It just takes 15 minutes out of your day and you’ll have an action plan on achieving your dreams. If you have doubts take a look at the introduction video here.

What do you want people to say about you after you’re gone?

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