Making A Legacy Locally And In Business
"History will be kind to me because I intend to write it." ~Unknown
What would you want your legacy visa to be? Never thought about any of it before? Women today are far busier than our grandmothers and on occasion even our mothers ever were. From being a mother to wife to student to now being an entrepreneur, our legacy visa - that which you will leave behind you - is in danger. That fact of the question is that when it comes to talking about legacy visa, women hesitate because it looks too self-centered. But I contend that we, as women of today, have to start preparing and designing our own legacy visa. It is perhaps not a matter of self-centeredness, but of creating a roadmap or pattern for future generations
Just what is a legacy?
According to Webster's Dictionary, a legacy is "A present left in a will or a thing handed down by way of a predecessor." While you are still alive it can give and be created. Additionally, it may be public or private (we'll speak about this more later). In other words, it is not for the just - a very common myth that no one talks about, particularly women.
So, what is it that you want to leave behind for those you love when you pass? A legacy visa of obesity? A legacy visa of drug abuse? Or even a legacy visa of service to the others? My mother is remembered by me once slamming her car into a tree because she fell asleep at the wheel while driving home from her third job. She survived, happily, but also for a lot of individuals, this is their life's story and it does not usually end with a happy ending. My mother has given a legacy visa to me of hard work, devotion, tenacity, integrity and the significance of education.
Direction, Goal and Vision: A roadmap to building your legacy
When it comes all the way down to it, building a legacy is all about being a leader. Therefore, before you can build your legacy, you must know your purpose. How will you understand what it really is? First, you should be open to it - listen to other's thoughts about what they see you to be good at. As an example, if people are always saying to you "Girl, you make the meanest chocolate chip macaroon biscuits! You should sell these," they are affirming some thing the universe has been wanting to tell you all along. girls, notably, tend to fend off these compliments by downplaying it: "Oh! That is nothing." Do not do that! You are essentially telling the universe (God, for many) that it/He made a mistake. Your objective may also come through catastrophe: Average Girl was made in response to the murder of my cousin (a victim of domestic violence, she left out 7 kiddies). I was prepared by my writing experience for this in that I learned how to write and tell a good story as an English major and now teacher of literature and composition. When it came time to come up with the editorial content and style of Average Woman, I was ready for this. Therefore, your purpose is directly associated with what sort of legacy you want to leave behind for your company or family/community. More important than you could ever imagine is Vision; just how do you define it and get the others to check out it? Tell your story when given the opportunity; how does it relate solely to your purpose? You will talk about it if you have confidence in it. Sadly, women have a tendency to second guess their products/services and themselves. As an example, I used to tell myself that 'no one would purchase my magazine since it did not look like other magazines on the newsstands and I was "a nobody." No one knew my name and I had no money to bring to the table.' It took years of encouraging self - talk (and the increased loss of a great deal of potential sales) to downplay that terrible tape playing around in my head each time I attempted to bring to life my vision. Your vision must join or resonate with others. We, as girls, share a common bond : being a woman. I use this to speak about and encourage Average Girl. We will come from different ethnicities or socioeconomic backgrounds, but as women we all experience pain, joy and heartache. We all have dreams that are sometimes crushed or deferred because of society's pressure to make us conform to its standards of femininity (i.e., housewife, wife, and businesswoman). You must also have a workable plan - that is where you need to invest lots of time in development after you have hashed out clearly your readiness to follow your purpose and be a leader. You can not ask individuals to follow you or to invest in your vision if you do not know what it is or how it works, looks, scents, flavor, etc. As you are accountable for not just your word and actions, but the well-being of others, a leader. How can networking help to establish a legacy visa? Time is money and once it is gone, you cannot get it back. So, do some research first before attending any networking events. When you get there, speak to people about their business; question them how do you be of service in their mind? Do not just stand in a dark corner and cower or worse, stick to the click. Engage people. Be an active listener as it is not always about you and you only. Use your gut instinct when selecting people to talk to people at these networking events. Truth be told, some people are just there to make money and certainly will use whomever they could to do it: women are great with their instincts, so listen to your gut. Also realize that you cannot help everyone and everyone cannot help you - that is just why referrals are VERY essential to not only your company, but in making a legacy - but be cautious about referring the wrong people. If some one has perhaps not paid you for the services, do not refer them to a different company they are able to stiff. It will look bad on you, perhaps not them. Use those instincts! Many people forget this vital element of networking: the follow up. Follow up the connections made at these networking meetings with lunch or breakfast or tea just to chat. While there, share your story here if asked to - do not get into a diatribe: keep it brief, sweet, simple and to the purpose. Discuss your products/services (don't second guess their answer) - you might be building connections. Follow up this meeting with frequent communications via e-mail or telephone. This is just confirming connections and building a strong network. Once people know who you are and what you are about, they will remember you when they hear things "in the wind." For instance, when I was an executive assistant, I used to share with my co-workers that I was studying to be an English teacher. One of them heard about a teaching job expo and told me about it. I went and was hired on the position. Therefore began my career in education and in the end the arrival of Average Girl Magazine. Forging Community and Company Alliances Work with people who are doing that which you are doing, but perhaps with a different angle. Sponsor a conference for a potential coalition to introduce their company to the city. This shows that you are able and willing to work with others. An event can be also hosted by you to introduce your company along with your goals for the community. For example, I host a tea party every December for Average Girl, but I always donate proceeds from the silent auction to a local woman's charity or non-profit. I announce this on most of the flyers and marketing content - message: maybe not every thing is all about just my company. Encourage a few of your local competitors to be your guest. If you are thinking about forging an alliance with an organization, research the company first before preparing to establish an alliance. Make an appointment to consult with key individuals/decision makers. Prior to going, nonetheless, prepare an informal course of action - again, it is a chance to share with your story. At the meeting, establish the way you can be of service in their mind and visa versa (ask questions this further NN to be established by questions. Perhaps you could possibly offer services such as for example, free products, time, space, PR, and so forth. Whatever you offer, usually do not let it severely impact your main point here. This really is about building alliances wisely that will benefit both businesses' bottom line in the long run. Market your company or individuals as a community centered thing. Begin to establish your self as having flexibility, integrity and service. Here is where private compared to. release exposure comes in to play. Whatever you release to the media, make certain it is what you want released and that all parties mentioned are in agreement. Some things you might not need the public to understand because you just wanted to complete it (be aware of your reasons). Sourced elements of media to release information to if you opt to go public include: novels, site, articles, public speaking engagements, e-newsletters, public service announcements (PSAs). In the end, your reputation will slowly start to build as your alliances become profitable and solid. Remember, people spread the word and remember good deeds - but they spread the word and also remember terrible deeds. How do community participation add to the important thing of your company? It may, but is this your ultimate goal? Loyal customers can be brought more by it / clients to your business. The firm can grow financially and in dimensions due to exposure increase. Your reputation for integrity, commitment, vision will attract every one of the above as well. But beware! People can smell greed and selfishness...and that can destroy more than just your main point here. Eventually, we are here to serve the others - if we keep this in focus, your company and/or private life will prosper for it and your legacy will be the standard for others to emulate and prosper from. Remember! Your gifts/ability = purpose = vision = services = legacy = link to God (or Higher Power). What exactly would you want your legacy to be for your business and yourself? Write it down: make it plain, according to scripture. That is the very first thing. The rest is up to you.