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  • Writer's pictureLisa Perry

Live life and leave a lasting legacy

Updated: May 2, 2023

Deciding what you want your legacy to be can help you with the following:

* Once you know what you want your legacy to be, you can start building it.

* Helping to define your life meaning and purpose.

* Knowing what you want your legacy to be will allow you to make better use of your time and other resources, and to start doing what matters, now.

Leave a Legacy – Questions to Ask Yourself

These questions will help you to identify the legacy that you wish you leave:

1. How do you want to be remembered by your family and friends?

2. What will those beyond your circle of family and friends remember you for?

3. How will the world be a better place because you were in it?

4. What lessons would you like to pass on to future generations?

5. What do you want to leave behind?

Marelisa Fabrega

10 Ways to Leave a Legacy

Brainstorm ways in which you can leave a legacy by using the following ideas as a starting point:

  1. Add knowledge to your field.

  2. Write a book or memoir.

  3. Leave money for your descendants that serves as a foundation on which they can build their financial futures.

  4. Bequeath money to charities that are near and dear to your heart.

  5. Pass down an heirloom, family recipes and / or family tradition.

  6. Be a mentor or volunteer.

  7. Start a business or a non-profit organization.

  8. Endow a scholarship to your alma mater for future students.

  9. Write a legacy letter — write down everything you’d want to tell your loved ones if you knew you didn’t have long to live. Be sure to capture the essence of who you are by writing about your life lessons, values, accomplishments and hopes. Think of it as an emotional heirloom.

  10. Start a new program in your community, such as starting a recycling program; planting a community garden, or constructing a playground.

Marelisa Fabrega

Being a fabulous parent or partner can often leave more of an impact on your life that hours and hours of absence trying to make a fortune. Make your life matter!

Don’t wait. Make memories today. Celebrate your life! ~ unknown

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