It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Our September luncheon speaker, Felicia Anchor, will be relating a compelling story, a personal story about legacy. I wonder how often you think about your legacy. I am not talking about your will and what you will leave to your children. I am not talking about things at all. I am referring to the influence you have made in making things better where ever you have been, in touching the lives of others to inspire them, teach them, pull them up, support their dreams.
When I work with leadership teams or individuals it is very often to define what is next for them, how will success continue to be realized. A question I like to put before them as we begin is “For what will you be remembered?” Notice I did not ask how will you be remembered but for what. As you continue to make decisions on your path there will be opportunities to help others along the way and influence the way the world works, especially how women work in it.
In the late 1880’s a teenage girl traveling alone arrived in the U.S. from Germany with very little but what she could carry and a drive to find a better life for herself and her brothers. She worked hard as a milliner and saved enough money to buy passage for her two brothers to sail to America in subsequent years. You can say my great-great grandmother’s legacy was a new life in America but what has been passed down over the generations is more than that. I take from her legacy the significance any individual can make in helping others if you are brave enough to continue on your own path and be aware of others you can help along the way.
I was privileged to coordinate the Cable Mentor program for the fourth time this year. Forty-seven young leaders have been mentored over those years by women leaders of Cable. The impact one person can have on another cannot be adequately expressed here. The ripple effect a mentor has on another swells over time as each mentee will use the lessons they learned from their mentor to impact the lives of others and someday to mentor someone else for the betterment of all.
Cable can be proud of this legacy. We are influencing the development of future women leaders, providing role models and proving their personal dreams can be found on the path they choose. I will introduce you to these mentors and mentees at the September Cable luncheon.
- Who left you a legacy?
- To whom will you leave a legacy?
- What will your legacy be?
- Have you started writing it yet?