Hey y'all! It's been awhile since I've visited here in blogland. No excuses…I've just let life get in the way!
A few weeks ago, we had to go to Arizona for a work trip and had the opportunity to bring the entire family along. While the trip was eventful, what with my brother in law tossing his cookies for two days and my nephew breaking his femur, it was also an incredibly inspirational trip. We took some personal time to go see the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and the incredibly creepy town of Jerome, which were all majestic and jaw-dropping in their own way.
This little guy probably inspired me the most. I was in awe of his amazing attitude in spite of what happened to him.
The most motivational part of my week though, aside from watching my family handle crisis, was what one of our speakers, Eric Schwartz, had to say. This man is the CEO of our broker/dealer and has lost his wife, close friend, and mother all within a very short period of time. While he is a storybook entrepreneur (going from not having made more than $50K in his life 15 years ago to making $30 mil this year-and he's 60), his words about life is what struck a chord with me. He spoke from his heart about what's important in life. He spoke about leaving a legacy. He spoke to my heart.
I think often about the legacy I want to leave. In my business, in my family, to my friends, to my church, to my community. I want my nephew to be proud of me. I want him to be inspired by my life. I want him to see me give a genuine smile to a stranger. To help the older lady load her groceries in her car. To hold the door. I want to leave an honest, Christ-like impact on people who come into contact with me, whether it be for a second, or someone I've been friends with for 30 years.
My parents have been that for me. My dad's been in the investment advising business for 30 years and has never charged a dime to help someone with their plan. Because he enjoys doing it and because he wants to leave an impact to help make people's lives better. Inspiration to me. He's leaving a legacy in his business.
Money will always be there and it's perishable. It's easy in this world I work in to get caught up in material things and allowing your priorities to get out of whack.
Leaving a positive legacy is forever. Impacting someone's life in a positive way is priceless. And that's ultimate motivation to me.
What motivates you in life?