What Is Your Legacy?

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I am a big believer in the practice of writing your own eulogy.  Although morbidly sounding, this exercise can be quite powerful and help you generate a crystal clear vision of how you want your life to turn out.

In his productivity classic 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey dedicates a one of his famous habits to: thinking with the end in mind.  Is there any more effective way to think with the end in mind then to consider what your legacy will be?  There are additional reasons

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why writing your eulogy is a wonderful exercise:

1. It makes your ultimate goals crystal clear.  Because we so easily lose perspective, physically writing down our life’s achievements from an after-we-die standpoint magnifies our most important objectives.

2. It makes your daily stresses seem trivial.  If you really indulge in this exercise, you will come away feeling surprisingly refreshed and motivated. Instead of being “down” after thinking about your demise for a few hours, you will actually feel lighter, happier and more upbeat.

3. It gives you a sense of purpose.  This is perhaps the most important point, as purpose can provide meaning and fulfillment to any lifetime.

OK, I know this is a difficult task to take on, but I am going to help you.  Below you can read what I want said about me, Todd Goldfarb, when it’s all said and done.  At the end of my eulogy (and yes, that does sound weird), I am tagging a few blogger friends of mine who might want to share their legacy story for readers. 

Of course, no one is under any pressure to post an article like this, and I understand it is very personal.  But I contend that it’s a powerful exercise for anyone to partake, especially for those of us who write about personal development.  Plus, I hope to show that this exercise is an excellent way to strengthen the relationship between any blogger and his/her readers.

Lastly (and I am writing this sentence after I finished the part below), I want to say that writing your own eulogy should be a practice in creating the ideal for yourself.  I do not want to leave you thinking “oh, that Todd Goldfarb, he thinks he is so great” or “man is he cocky and arrogant”!  Rather, this exercise is an opportunity for you to physically deploy your highest ambitions and most lofty dreams, and a great way to open the pathways to make these things become reality.

With that said, I hope you all enjoy my eulogy:

We The Change Founder Dies

After 100+ years of exploring, creating, teaching, learning and living Todd Goldfarb has passed away due to natural causes at his Lake house in Pennsylvania.  He was surrounded by a large gathering of immediate family and close friends.

Todd was best known for his passion to help people live better lives, and for his fervor to make the world a more sustainable place for future generations.  In a career that spanned nearly 70 years, Todd became a well-known advocate of living life to its fullest and constantly explored avenues to learn, and then teach, valuable development concepts. 

He was a life-coach, writer, public speaker, entrepreneur and activist who often thought of himself as a conduit of information; he truly enjoyed learning from others and then creating platforms for sharing this information with as many as possible. 

To his dying day Todd was an advocate of cultivating what he called a “preventative lifestyle”, and believed in the premise of healing from the inside out.  He was a proponent of healthy eating, consistent workout routines, spiritual practices, holistic methods of healing and methods of sustainability; he was proud to say that he practiced what he preached.

Todd’s most prized professional moments came during the first few decades of the century, when his work was considered an integral part of the movement that lead to a more sustainable future for mankind.  His company, We The Change, became a very well known and effectual platform for the spread of vital personal development and sustainability information, and in many ways paralleled the struggles and hopes of that chaotic time in history.

Todd also had the opportunity to meet and connect with some of the most influential thinkers of the 21st century, and would always say that one of his greatest accomplishments was that he “always had at least one small insight to add to the vast discussions”.  Many of these great thinkers would attest that he had a lot more to add than that…

Although Todd’s work lead to considerable personal wealth, he implemented various foundations early in his career that gave most of it back to people and causes that he believed in.  In fact, Todd spent a great deal of time during his 40’s and 50’s traveling the world and spreading the concepts of equality, morality and “conscious living” to underprivileged people.

He was a big believer in living life comfortably, but always portrayed a genuine sense of modesty in his dealings.  For Todd, it was always more important to be conscious of others and of the greater landscape of the world he lived in.

Perhaps Todd’s greatest achievements can be seen in the large amount of family, friends and supporters he garnered during his lifetime.  His family was his backbone, and his 65+ year marriage to his wife was the partnership that allowed the rest to unfold.  Todd always said that he family they raised together produced more happiness for him than anything.     

ALRIGHT, I would like to tag my friends Peter, Zorka, Aaron, Kevin and Leo to partake in this exercise.  For everyone else, spend some time contemplating this activity.  It is not necessary to share it with the world; just do it for yourself!

Read Zorka’s Legacy here!

Read Akemi’s Eulogy here!

Read Peter’s Story here!

Read Aaron’s Tale here!

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20 Responses to “What Is Your Legacy?”

  1. Peter says:

    Oh no… not a tag!

    Nice article Todd. So you are going to live to 100+, and be married for 65+ years. How old are you again? Must be getting close to the big question….. :)

  2. Todd says:

    thats why i put the 100+

    Could be many years after a 100 :)
    LOL

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  4. ZHereford says:

    Todd, I miss you already! :)

    Actually this is a wonderfully creative exercise.

    Everyone would benefit from reflecting on their potential legacy.

  5. Jason says:

    Interesting article, Todd… thanks for sharing. I’ve never done that myself, and I’m not entirely certain if I want to do it at this present moment, but it’s something interesting to think about for the future.

  6. This blog is so young and yet has been gaining a lot of reputation, and now I see why. Poked around quite a few of your articles, it’s very quality material!

    Cheers,
    Albert | UrbanMonk.Net
    Modern personal development, entwined with ancient spirituality.

  7. Todd says:

    Thank you Albert…that really means a lot!
    Todd

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  9. Lodewijkvdb says:

    Great eulogy Todd. I hope your dreams will come true. But as we create our own reality, I have no doubt that you will.

    It strikes me that we have similarities in our dreams and ambitions. I came here through Peter’s blog and I’m adding you to my reader right after posting this comment.

  10. Evelyn says:

    How interesting! I’ve read about the benefits of writing my own eulogy from a book “Dare To Win” by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series) but never got round to doing it. Reading yours has provided me an inspiration to do mine…hopefully soon.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Evelyn

  11. Todd says:

    Lode– Thanks for the great comments, and I will be sure to check out your site as well!

    Evelyn– good look with the eulogy. Feel free to share with me if you want!
    Todd

  12. Evelyn says:

    Hi Todd,

    I spent the whole day doing Christmas shopping. Yet the idea of writing my own eulogy was at the back of my mind throughout.

    I invite you to read mine here
    http://www.attractionmindmap.com/my-eulogy-defines-my-lifes-purpose/

    Thanks for the inspiration! I’ve also added you to my blogroll.

    Best wishes and have a Blessed Christmas,
    Evelyn

  13. Todd says:

    I will read ASAP….and have a wonderful xmas too!!!
    Todd

  14. Akemi says:

    Todd,

    Thank you for including my eulogy on your list.

    Respectfully,

    Akemi
    gratitude-magic.com

  15. EngineerTiat says:

    Finding the time to sit down and write my eulogy had always been a blockage for me. But to go to the next step, I certainly had to complete mine. :-)

    After reading your post and Evelyn’s, my goal this week is to complete it.

    Thanks for the inspiration, Todd!

    Warm regards
    Tiat

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