Our Moral Compass: What Makes A Legacy

“Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.”

-Unknown

     Why do you do what you do in your life as it pertains to either your job or just how you conduct yourselves on a daily basis? Is it for recognition from your peers or family members? What is your why? Today’s quote serves as a good reminder that making a legacy requires just three things.

When we are doing something for the cause and not the applause we are keeping the focus off of ourselves and not seeking recognition or approval from others. Applause is something that will fade away over time and is short lived, becoming only a distant memory. Your internal drive will not be able to sustain itself if that is where you decide to bet all of your playing chips on. A cause however, is a principle or movement that you wholeheartedly believe in, leads and inspires us to rise up and seize the day instead of waiting for it to seize us. The sincere drive to making a positive impact feeds that internal flame and the cause becomes your forever why that will never fade as long as you keep things in perspective.

We should live life to convey our ideas or feelings in the morals or values we believe in. This will go a lot further than relying on faulty thinking that monetary things like expensive cars, homes or boats will impress others. I’m not saying it won’t but it will not be able to survive and thrive over time. I used to think that when I was younger and would try to get those brand products to make myself stand out but quickly realized that this line of thinking is very shallow whereas the true long lasting power lies in our influence to make others realize that they matter and there is value in why they are here on this planet. Like the Maya Angelou has taught us, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

The last part of the quote focuses on making our absence felt, not in making our presence noticed. Making our absence felt brings forth the realization of what things and specifically the people who are truly important in life. What we do for others and the change we are able to make because of it will stay with those you have impacted long after you are gone from this earth. I know if I have impacted someone’s life for the better than that is all that matters to me.  We need to remind ourselves that life is what we make of it and if we, live with a servant leadership mindset, by putting the needs of others before our own, the impact our legacy will have for generations to come will become limitless.

What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards defining/refining your own moral compass?

 

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