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What Is Your Legacy Going To Be?

February 4, 2016

The question caught me off guard. I was having dinner with a friend who comes to Utah once or twice a year. We get get her at the same restaurant. It’s a steak house that changes names a lot. We’ve been to dinner there four times and eaten at 3 different restaurants. 

He was telling me about an opportunity to chair a standards committee. The person making the pitch to him was appealing to his sense of history. The story reminded me of when Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, tried to get John Sulley, who was a big shot at PepsiCo, to come run Apple. 

Do you want to stay here and sell sugar-water the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world? 

My friend told the story of his meeting,

So, the guy asked me, ‘What do you want your legacy to be?’ And I thought, I’ve never really considered that. How about your, Rodney? What do you want your legacy to be?

It’s a question that guys our age (both north of our 40’s) start to think about. Generally we think about it when someone brings it up. I’ve done a lot of interesting and sometimes important things in my life. What was the mark I would leave when I was gone to say, “I was here”?

I’m not sure. . .

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday at 7:00 AM Mountain Time. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren. 

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