In business, and in life, the impressions you make upon people are so critically important to your success, and when you’re done with this life, or this career, those impressions often make up your legacy.
Think about it… your life is made up of two dates - the day you were born, and the day you die - with a dash in between the two.
That dash is everything you ever did and said. Every time you left a positive impression on someone, and every time you made a fool out of yourself.
It’s just a small mark but it is everything in between the two most significant dates in your life. So make it count.
If you’re a business leader, or want to be a business leader - how do you get people to follow you? And what kind of legacy will you leave behind?
No matter how much power you have as a leader, people will only follow you if others believe you’re invested in their success.
Trust your colleagues, respect them and their work. Understand what drives them and let them understand what drives you.
The legacy you leave is the life you lead, and no matter what you want your legacy to be, come up with a guiding principle for your life. Mine is so important to me, I have it tattooed on my arm: APE - Attitude, passion, enthusiasm.
It’s how I lead my life, and it’s how my legacy will be defined.