What is it that you aspire to be?
Have you ever given serious consideration to the type of ‘contribution’ and ‘legacy’ you would like to build and leave for your self, family and the world?
Is it something you think about it or has the thought never ever crossed your mind?
As an entrepreneur, I am sure you have many aspirations besides making money.
There had to be an underlying reason or reasons as to why you decided to start an internet business and become a business owner.
The reasons could have come about because you ultimately wanted to improve your quality of life and create for yourself a financially free lifestyle, which is awesome.
Everyone I know wants a bit of the same thing.
I will be the first one to admit and I say I am no different. I want a piece of the cake too.
In my other blog post, I kind of alluded to some of these reasons as to why you may want to become an entrepreneur.
These are noble and well-founded reasons for most folks like you and me.
As a matter of fact, most of us have gone into business precisely because we have:
- A need to fulfil or
- A problem to overcome or
- A state of affair to improve
So far so so good…
I would like to think we are in agreement here and there are no contradictions in our thinking.
But what If I ask you a number of hypothetical questions?
The Ideal Lifestyle
You no longer have to worry about yours or your family’s survival.
You have arrived at your destination so to speak and have achieved all that you ever wanted.
Imagine you have all:
- The condos
- The houses
- The dream cars
- The endless vacations
- The money in the banks
- Trust funds set for the kids
- Profitable businesses
- Great relationships
You name it, you have it all. All that you have ever wanted and worked hard for you’ve got it.
Would you be content with your achievements?
Will you be fulfilled?
Will you truly be happy?
Or is there something much bigger than any of these things, you feel, you need to make you complete but you are not quite sure what it is?
Is it the acquisition of:
- More money and richness?
- More influence?
- More power?
- More fame?
- More significance?
- More relationships?
- More expensive toys and gadgets?
- More food?
- More designer handbags?
- More clothing and shoes?
Or what exactly do you think could be missing?
Ah ha. That is the million-dollar question.
The answer could be as simple as ‘helping‘ and ‘serving’ other people that is all you need.
You certainly don’t need to have money to have great fulfilment, because is not always about money.
However, money can provide a way for us to create a much bigger impact quickly.
In life, most things are not free and if you truly want to make a meaningful impact, you would need to pay for these services.
For example, If you want to build:
- An educational institution
- A homeless shelter
- A refuge for women, men, children, the marginalised & the forgotten
- An online business school to attract young talent
- An orphanage
- A health centre
- An environmental body for raising awareness on the serious issues of climate change and its effects on our planet
- A research hub dedicated to developing cures, vaccines and therapies for our most debilitating diseases such as cancer, malaria, Aids, flu pandemics, COVID-19, Alzheimer’s, dementia, extreme loneliness, addictions, mental health conditions and other harmful illnesses
- An animal protection sanctuary
- A crime prevention program
- An enterprise dedicated to developing latest innovations and emerging trends in tech, sciences, business, medicine, engineering, robotics, artificial intelligence, economics, aviation, architecture, education, literature, social sciences, humanities, and the arts
- A legal body that represents the voice of the voiceless and fights for true justice in order to remove oppression, repression, racism, discrimination and systematic injustice
- A centre for eradicating global warming, pollution on land and sea especially the plastic pandemic issue and its effect on marine life and the rest of the planet
- An organization for eradicating hunger, malnutrition, drought, poverty, illiteracy, inequality, and for providing clean water and energy
- A conservation centre for preserving history, languages, heritage, listed buildings, culture, coral reefs, extinct species, ecology and trees.
- Initiatives to educate, inspire, and empower people to improve their lives, loved ones and their respective communities
The money has to come from somewhere.
This is what I am doing and I hope, it is also what you aspire to do if not already started.
The following, are the 4 outstanding rewarding ways to ‘build’ and ‘leave‘ a lasting legacy for your self and loved ones.
#1: Top Rewarding Ways – Live a Life of Service
If you are an entrepreneur with money and have a conscious for wanting to help people, you would have created for yourself an ideal lifestyle.
- Inner peace
- Contentment and
- True happiness
You probably heard the saying ‘in giving we receive so much more in return’.
Material gains on their own will give you a temporary high.
After a while, you will get bored and will be looking for the next thing to make you feel complete.
By doing this, you will be stuck in a vicious cycle because what you are focusing on is just masking the emptiness by consuming things that you think will make you happy.
Remember that money is just a tool and a very useful one at that when used correctly.
It gives us choices and allows us to access things that in the normal circumstances we will not be able to acquire so easily.
Let us learn to share our:
- Knowledge and
- Life Experiences
You will be amazed at how ‘fulfilling ‘and ‘contented’ your life will be.
#2: Set Your Vision For a Higher Purpose
You will have the opportunity to build and leave a lasting legacy where your name will be remembered for many generations to come.
Whatever noble cause you have that you are passionate about, you owe it to yourself to do something with it.
I would encourage you to plant the seed today as part of your life’s vision.
You can set visions for both your business and personal life. Each coexisting in harmony side by side with no conflict.
Aim to build and leave a lasting legacy where people will benefit from what you have started and leave behind.
If you are able to build something whilst you are alive, you will be able to enjoy it much more and witness it with your own eyes how it will impact people’s lives.
This is priceless and of course, when you leave this world, people will continue to benefit from your great contribution.
If you, myself and every other entrepreneur new or established live our lives with these principles, can you imagine how much we can ‘collectively’ achieve to make the world a better place?
Our global village is in turmoil, no doubt through the mischief of man, misuse of resources, inequality and mother nature.
We owe it to our children and the next generation to leave them something of value and substance.
You may also like to read:
- How To Set Your Vision for an Ideal Blissful Life In 6 Ways
- 14 Top Amazing Habits of Successful People
#3: Contribute To The Human Race Purposefully
We have to start asking the right questions and teach our children to think differently.
This is beautifully articulated in Vishen Lakhiani’s video of MindValley featured below where he was responding to very good questions of:
How Do We Prepare Our Kids For The Future?
How Do We Contribute To The Human Race?
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#4: Shift Your Mindset
Our mindset has to change and take a different view of the world we are familiar with.
No more conditioning by society’s average thinking and doing what everyone’s doing because it is the norm.
Sometimes it takes fewer extraordinary people who are willing to go the extra mile and think outside the box.
They are the people who usually make an impact in the world and contribute significantly to the human race.
Let us aim to be:
- Peace builders
- Justice makers
- Impact makers
- Change makers
- Global shapers
- Problem solvers
- Accurate Thinkers
- Visionary effective leaders
- Supporters of awesome causes
- Early adopters of great visions and …
- Facilitators & enablers of effective change
Not people who just like to complain and don’t do anything to change the narrative.
If we don’t act now, then when?
Take Home Message
Each one of us has the ‘potential‘ to do something special in our own unique ways, in order to make a difference in the world, however small or trivial it may seem to be.
Every little bit counts, never underestimate how useful and rewarding it can be to the recipients and for yourself.
We can do this right now and we certainly don’t need to wait until we become wealthy or financially successful to make a difference in the world and our communities.
It always starts with you and me.
Are you willing to change and adopt a different path?
If you are, know that you would have done something of tremendous value and greater benefit for humanity.
So go ahead, please …
Start planting your seed of ‘impact‘ and ‘contribution’ today.
Have you thought about what your contribution will be, before leaving this world?
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