If you’re 21 years old and just starting your career, you may consider your legacy to be an inconsequential and trivial matter. You have the entire rest of your life to worry about a legacy. If, however, you’re in your 50s or 60s and thinking about what your next chapter in life holds, your legacy is worthy of significant consideration.
When you reach that point, here are some questions to ask yourself regarding how people will remember you:
• How will others view my behavior in the future?
• Will my behavior be seen as self-serving or as contributing to the larger group?
• Will it be seen as the act of a confident, conscientious member of the team? Or as something done from an insecure position?
• Are my efforts an attempt to leave a stronger company, dealership or other organization in my wake? Develop future leaders? Preserve personal records or accomplishments?
Even if you’re not nearing the end of your time with a company or in a career, it’s still wise to consider these questions now. Your actions today will contribute to your legacy tomorrow.