Here’s to Our Legacy

by Michael Simmons on Jan 24, 2010

More than anything else in this world, I am inspired by the ideal of being one of the leading examples of human potential that history has ever known.

I am immensely inspired by learning about history’s heroes – people that lived hundreds of years ago who still inspire people today.

I am crazy enough to believe that I can lead a life that will inspire individuals many generations past when I die. I believe we all can if we choose to.

For the past ten years, I’ve been working toward this vision without sharing it with more than a handful of people. I think it is now necessary to live my vision out in public.

It is necessary, because what was stopping me was other people’s imagined judgments like, “Seriously? Who are you to say that? What have you done? You slipped up and did XYZ today. How does that fit into your legacy?”

I’m not going to say that I’m at a level where people’s judgments don’t impact me. What I will say is that I’m at a level where I am not going to let these fears stop me.

Ultimately, to be a person of legacy, I need to expect more of myself than anyone else ever could.

I need to be ruthless in letting go of what doesn’t work and adopting what does. No excuses.

I can’t judge myself by results alone. I need to judge myself by who I am in every moment when no one else can see me.

I know I am willing to do whatever it takes.

I think if we all lived close to our full potential, society’s “largest problems” would become irrelevant because they would no longer exist, because we’d solve them so quickly.

We are not even close to our potential. So, we have our work cut out.

Carpe Diem.


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I'm the co-founder of Empact, one of the leading entrepreneurship education organizations in the world. I'm obsessed with understanding how we all can lead meaningful lives that have a positive social impact. I love probing into the truth of how we experience life. I believe that challenges are what make us grow the most, and I openly share my experiences. Continue reading…