I want to do what I love. I want to inspire and help people change their lives. I want to motivate the unmotivated into accomplishing great things. I want to share meaningful memories with my family and friends.
I want my life to count.
And through my books, I believe I’ve accomplished all of that. Sure there’s a lot more to be done and millions of more lives I would be blessed to impact, but I’ve built the foundation of my legacy through writing books.
What about you? What legacy do you want to leave behind? And how are you going to do it?
If you’re not a naturally reflective person, I bet you’ll struggle with what legacy you want to leave behind. Maybe you have never thought about it before. Please do.
And what’s harder is figuring out how you’re going to leave a legacy. There are other ways to do this, though my personal favorite medium to leave a legacy is through a book.
Writing a book gives you a legacy holder that will go on long after you stop living.
Books Live On
Written word has staying power. And if you don’t believe me, consider the longevity of the following books.
William Shakespeare, one of the greatest authors ever, published Hamlet in 1605. Shakespeare’s written work continues to inspire and get the credit it deserves from century to century.
For another example, scholars believed Homer published The Odyssey near the 8th century. That blows my mind that it still exists today!
Lastly, here’s the ultimate example: The Bible is roughly a few thousand years old of passed down books with billions of copies solid. As I said, written word has staying power.
Even at my parents’ house, there are old photobooks that are passed down for close to a century.
But the problem is that a picture of my great grandfather doesn’t tell his story like a book written by him would. They say a picture tells a thousand words—I don’t believe it. Even if it does, a book has around 20,000 words more to it, which lets you get to know the author far more than a picture.
And don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that your book is going to be a bestseller for centuries to come like the previous books mentioned. That’s extremely doubtful (but not impossible). My point is your book can get passed on for generations by your family, and that’s beyond cool.
Because, after all, you care most about your family and what they think of you—not some stranger from across the world.
A beautiful and mysterious part of life is that life is bigger than you. The world spun on before you. It will spin on after your time runs out.
But through a book, your legacy can live forever! Your grandkids, great grandkids, and their great grandkids can get to know you and hear your message through your writing.
Your book lives on from generation to generation. This is true, as long as you write one.
Get started today with this guide on How To Write A Book. Do it for your legacy!
How important is your legacy to you? Why?