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Creating a meaningful legacy: It’s not about the money

Mother Teresa devoted her life to serving the poor. Muhammed Ali refused to fight in Vietnam. And Rosa Parks chose to not give up her seat on a bus..

You don’t have to write a New York Times bestseller or spend the rest of your life helping others in the slums of Calcutta to create a legacy that matters. Simple acts of kindness can change lives in powerful ways. As Mother Theresa said: “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family”.

Here are 3 lessons from some of the world’s foremost experts.

(1) How will the world be different from your legacy?

The Art of Non-Conformity author Chris Guillbeau believes that the best plans of action stem from answering this question: “How will this really help people?”

(2) Make others feel important.

Success coach Brian Tracy says that making people feel important satisfies the deepest subconscious cravings of human nature. American civil rights activist Maya Angelou echoes this in her way: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

(3) Be Authentic

Ralph Waldo Emerson had it right: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”. Be yourself. Trust the value of your own authenticity.

After initially starting out life with the sole pursuit of money and the realisation that it leads to a hollow void. I took a step back and reflected how I wanted my life to look and the legacy I wanted to leave. I have personally benefitted from some of the tips described.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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