There was a great question in today’s The Daily Drucker. Drucker poses the simple, but very thought provoking question: "What do you want to be remembered for?" How do you answer that question?
The piece in The Daily Drucker begins with his memory of being asked that question as a young boy in a classroom full of young boys…and none of them could answer. To their silence the teacher replied, "I didn’t expect you to be able to answer it. But if you still can’t answer it by the time you’re fifty, you will have wasted your life."
That is a powerful concept. Do you have an answer to the question? I’ve found it helpful to add …by your family? …in your work? …by your friends?
It’s similar to that concept from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People where you envision yourself as an eavesdropper on your own memorial service. What would you like said at your memorial? And then you back your way into the present by asking, "What will I have to do now in order to have those things said then?"