Often times, I find myself so engrossed in work that I let the reason I'm working slip from my mind. It is pretty easy to do and if we do it often enough, we can lose touch with the reason we began a business (got married, had children etc.). The short story below reminded me that I want my business to be remembered for a certain set of reasons and principles and it even made my ponder what I want others to think of me long after I process my final credit card!
Enjoy the story- and ask yourself some great questions!!
Monday, September 15, 2008 (http://great-motivational-stories.blogspot.com/)
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED?
About a hundred years ago, a man looked at the morning newspaper and to his surprise and horror, read his name in the obituary column. The news papers had reported the death of the wrong person by mistake. His first response was shock. Am I here or there? When he regained his composure, his second thought was to find out what people had said about him. The obituary read, "Dynamite King Dies." And also "He was the merchant of death." This man was the inventor of dynamite and when he read the words "merchant of death," he asked himself a question, "Is this how I am going to be remembered?" He got in touch with his feelings and decided that this was not the way he wanted to be remembered. From that day on, he started working toward peace. His name was Alfred Nobel and he is remembered today by the great Nobel Prize.
Just as Alfred Nobel got in touch with his feelings and redefined his values, we should step back and do the same.
- What is your legacy?
- How would you like to be remembered?
- Will you be spoken well of?
- Will you be remembered with love and respect?
- Will you be missed?