What do you want to be remembered for?

Everyone likes it when they are remembered, even by others they barely know. People feel good when you remember them and address them by their names rather than saying “Excuse me Sir/Mdm”. The impression you make is way better, and they know that they have stood out and are not just one of the many faces in the crowd you meet everyday.

People want to leave a lasting legacy behind. It is the closest thing that someone can achieve to immortality and leave behind. Many influential people are willing to do just about anything to ‘leave a legacy behind’. This is a big reason as to why people donate great amounts of money to charities and foundations in exchange for a name plaque on the ‘Wall of Appreciation’. If not that, others do things and love it when a monument, building or road is named after them.

This is not something that has come about recently either. Qin Shi Huang was the first King to unify ancient China wanted to be remembered. Not only that, he wanted to live forever! Many of us do, don’t we? For some reason, we want to be remembered and known for something. He built the Great Wall of China at such a great expense of money and lives. Who do people nowadays think of when asked who they think built the wall? Do they think of the architects and slaves who slogged away and did the heavy lifting? No! Do you think Qin Shi Huang built the wall solely for the sake of protection? I’m pretty sure it wasn’t. He wanted his legacy to be that of the first king to unify China, the one who built up the Great Wall of China, the king who built up such a massive terracotta army to accompany him into the afterlife and was willing to offer endless wealth to whomever could find and offer him the elixir of immortality.

Lets discuss something that most of us would be familiar with, shall we?

When you think of Facebook, who do you think of? What about Windows? Apple?

We all know the answer don’t we? These men have created a legacy that will carry on and live on even way longer after they have passed on.

I’m not saying we have to be great inventors or mighty people because that’s just not realistic and achievable for most. What i’m trying to get you to think is, what do you want to be remembered and known for? What do you want your friends and loved ones to say about you when you die? It can be something as simple as “My father wasn’t an influential or powerful man. But he taught me something. And that is HOW TO LOVE.How to love somebody with all your heart, mind and soul. To give because he loved, and not because he expected anything in return.”

Or maybe something even something as simple as “I remember my friend Steve for his great SMILE. His smile could light even the gloomiest room up and bring that much needed positivity in someone’s life.”

Tip: Answer the question below.

What do you want to be remembered for?

Time

Of more value than gold,

That no one else can hold.

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You may chase it like a hound,

But once lost never found.

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Some splurge on worldly pleasures,

Be it physical, emotional or mental.

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Some purge themselves of such,

Believing too much is detrimental.

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Everyone starts off thinking they have plenty,

But sadly not all end up twenty.

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What will you spend it on today?

What do you want in life?

Today I will be talking about life. What do you want out of life? Different people have different goals and aspirations in life.

Dale Carnegie has boiled everything that most normal adults want into 8 simple things in life. (In no order of importance)

  1. Health and the preservation of life
  2. Food
  3. Sleep
  4. Money and the things money will buy
  5. Life in the hereafter
  6. Sexual gratification
  7. The well-being of our children
  8. A feeling of importance

So true isn’t it? The more I think about it, the more incredulous I am with how he has managed to sum everything that seems to be what most people chase/yearn for in life. This is what people think will give them true happiness in life. Which is highest on your priority list?

We all think that sometimes we do things for other people, but at the end of the day, even if we did something for others (e.g. donating money to someone who needed it), we really did it because we wanted the feeling of being generous/able to help somebody else.

I’m going to let you guys in into a sneak peak of the thoughts that cross my mind occasionally.

Every so often, I think back to a story that I read somewhere on the internet about a rich old man on his deathbed. What he said will stay in my mind forever. It goes something like- What’s the point of working so hard when you’re young and capable, neglecting everything else (like your family, friends, relationships etc.), and when you’re old and about to die, even money can’t buy you back time and health. Why not spend your priceless time on something way more worthwhile? Many of us spend our youths chasing after wealth, climbing up and escalating the corporate ladder, and when we finally get too old and are given the chance to rethink and evaluate our lives, we regret not spending our time on things that would’ve made us happier. I’m not saying that material wealth isn’t important, of course it is, i’m just saying that it isn’t everything. There are some things that all of us are capable of nurturing (they can be family, genuine friendships, spiritual aspects) and they will ensure that we do not have any regrets when we all eventually lie on our deathbeds, contemplating how we have spent living our lives in the past.

Tip: Carefully contemplate your goals in life and your reasons behind it because they will help you refocus when the going gets tough. Then work solely towards achieving them and try your best not to get distracted!