What Kind of Legacy Are You Leaving?
A couple months ago, I hired a copywriter (Jess Willingham) to help tell the sasstastic story of Rad Maverix through encapsulating words. My original goal, was to be able to express the mission + story of Rad Maverix without the blink of an eye. However, I got a lot more than I bargained for.
One of the initial steps to working with Jess included filling out a questionnaire, so she can further understand my vision as a business and lifestyle brand. One question stumped me. She wanted to know what I was best known for. Woah. Did I really want to know? I immediately felt overwhelmed thinking about what others thought about me. I couldn't help but start to worry! "Oh shit" were my exact words, if I remember correctly.
I had no other option but to ask my friends and family. I sent out a lot of texts; sent some to people who were close to me and some who weren't. I wanted to capture all possible opinions and thoughts. Of course, I have always cared (to an extent) what others thought about my character but I've always kind of went with the philosophy that it’s none of my business what others think of me.
So I send the texts out asking what others thought of me and anxiety set in. I just opened the door to be completely roasted by my friends and family. (You know who you are!)
I expected responses like:
- Valley Girl
- Blonde / ditzy
- Smartass (this was actually my dad’s first response. And I’ll own it, so what if I’m a little too sassy sometimes)
But the responses I got were seriously out of this world. I finally felt like I was winning at life. I quickly learned that I, in fact, am making a great impression. All of my hard work to become a kind human being has paid off…and I didn’t even know it.
A few replies I received:
- Hard Worker
I could go on; but what others think about me is not the point I’m trying to make. I want you to think about the legacy you are leaving. If you passed tomorrow, how would you be remembered? For good? For bad?
Every interaction you make has the possibility of making a lasting impression. It's up to you to decide if that's a positive or negative impression. Be kind + work hard.
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Homework: Ask those around you what they think about you! Yes, you’re going to feel a bit uncomfortable, but it will be worth it!