A Life Well-Lived: 3 Steps to Build Your Legacy
Today, we are featuring an article written by Founder & Director of Generation Distinct, Hannah Gronowski, that was featured on the Global Leadership Summit Blog.
Read it here and begin crafting your legacy today.
Will your legacy be celebrated for WHAT you do or for WHO you are?
Will you be remembered for what you accomplished or who you were behind the scenes?
Will others celebrate your life for the grand feats you tackled or for who you were when no one was watching?
How do we truly measure a life well-lived?
As a leader in her early 20s, I am often asked questions such as:
What project are you tackling right now?
How is your organization growing?
Is your platform expanding?
However, very few individuals will look at me, a young millennial, presumably at the beginning of my life, and ask, “How are you building your legacy?”
Known for our “Live in the Moment” mentality, millennials are working harder than ever to craft the perfect storm of busyness, fulfillment and happiness. My generation is nearly obsessed with seeing their accomplishments glamorously promoted in public, celebrated in newspapers and reported on television.
However, my view of legacy was forever transformed by the life of a young friend.
I put on a black dress and walked through the doors of a church, my surroundings blurred with the tears hanging in my eyes.
It was the day I would say goodbye to a dear friend for the final time on this earth.
As I sat through a service filled with people deeply changed by the brief life of this 25-year old, I was forced to reflect on the beauty and impact of his life.
My friend had never been CEO of a fortune 500 company, or appeared on the front of Time Magazine or won an Olympic medal.
That wasn’t his legacy. His legacy was much more beautiful.
Don’t get me wrong, my friend was an accomplished young leader with a list of outstanding achievements.
But those achievements did not define his life.
He had naturally poured his life, his time and his passion into something he valued so much more.
He was crafting his legacy long before cancer invaded his body.
It wasn’t a flashy or glitzy legacy.
It was a humble, honorable, heroic legacy.