Leadership Series: Your Legacy

Posted on Jan 31, 2017 in Entrepreneur, Inspiration, San Diego Lawyer, Small Business, Success, Tips for Entrepreneurs | Comments Off on Leadership Series: Your Legacy

Leadership Series: Your Legacy

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18 articles later, we’ve reached the final post in the Leadership Series. We hope you feel empowered and inspired to build your legacy as a leader.

In our first post of the Leadership Series we wrote the following:

“What is the one skill that would dramatically change the quality of your life? It might be communication, empathy, diligence, financial acumen, or perhaps a technical skill like programming or product engineering.

But what if we told you that there is one skill that is the sum of all other skills–the culmination of them all? Well, there is. And it’s LEADERSHIP.”

So, do you believe it now? Do you see how leadership is the key? We most definitely do and that’s why we spent nine months with leadership as the focus.

But now we’d like to end this series with one last story. The story of Alfred Nobel.

In 1867, Alfred Nobel, a Swedish scientist, invented Dynamite, a substance found to be extremely useful in excavation, mining and railroad construction. However, it wasn’t long before this explosive and dangerous compound began to take interest in military applications, where it was used in warfare during the Spanish American War.

“When Nobel’s brother died, a newspaper ran a long obituary of Alfred Nobel, believing that it was he who had passed away. Thus, Nobel had an opportunity granted few people: to read his obituary while alive. What he read horrified him: The newspaper described him as a man who had made it possible to kill more people more quickly than anyone else who had ever lived.

At that moment, Nobel realized two things: that this was how he was going to be remembered, and that this was not how he wanted to be remembered (source).”

After feeling the pain of reading what legacy he was on track to leave, he made a change by funding something that honors superior men and women who have made outstanding to the world. Today, Alfred Nobel is best known as the founder of the Nobel prize.

Imagine you were reading your obituary. What would it say? How would you be remembered? Would it talk about how your were ruthless, but “got the job done?” Or that you were a workaholic who brought his business from nothing to greatness, only while leaving his family behind?

Make the change today. You can “rewrite” your own obituary. You are the leader of your legacy.

We believe in you and are grateful for your leadership. Thank you for leading our world to become a better place.

 

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