Leaving a Legacy

I woke up early this morning.

I just couldn’t sleep.

I’ve found when you’re excited and eager to work toward your goals, it’s pretty easy to wake up in the morning.

Sometimes those quiet early mornings are the best time to reflect on what you want to accomplish and why you want to accomplish it.

Leaving a Legacy

Leaving a Legacy

I call it “thinking time.”

Anyway, I went downstairs and made myself some breakfast, casually turning on the television set as I did so.

I don’t typically watch a lot of television (it’s a big waste of time), but now and then I’ll relax by viewing something cool.

While most mornings typically showcase infomercials and advertisements, every now and then you’ll actually catch a movie.

Today, for example, the classic film The Pride of the Yankees was on.

That’s a movie from 1942 that stars Gary Cooper and chronicles the life of famous baseball player Lou Gehrig.

If you’re not familiar with sports, then your knowledge of Lou Gehrig probably begins and ends with the disease named after him (also known as ALS).

If you’ve seen the movie, however, then maybe you know a little bit more about whom Lou Gehrig was.

Few athletes have the legacy that Gehrig has today. That says a lot seeing he died over 72 years ago. Widely regarded as a class act who exemplified all that was right about baseball, his famous farewell speech still stirs tears in the hearts of people everywhere.

A Hall of Famer, Gehrig is widely remembered for both his talent and durability. He played in 2,130 straight games, a streak halted only as a result of his disease, and a record bested only by the great Cal Ripken Jr.

Simply put, Lou Gehrig showed up each day and gave his best. His athletic success and monumental legacy are a testament to his grit, drive, tenacity and love of the game that he played so very well.

So what does this have to do with you?

Well, watching that movie this morning really got me thinking.

All of us will leave a legacy. For many of us, the construction of that legacy is highly dependent on the running of our business.

I honestly believe that while money may be a large goal for most of us, the real joy is in the doing. It’s in changing lives and leading others.

What could you accomplish if you showed up for 2,130 straight days?

That’s just less than six years.

What type of legacy would you be able to build?

I truly believe that success is achieved by winning more days than you lose.

Showing up consistently is truly half the battle.

You won’t always hit a home run, and you will sometimes strike out, but as long as you keep stepping into the batter’s box, your future will be assured.

Lou Gehrig was nicknamed “The Iron Horse.”

In biting irony, he died with that moniker at the age of 37.

Still, simply by showing up and doing his best, he rose to the top of his field and left an untarnished legacy behind.

You can do the same.

Your business is a vehicle that can take you anywhere. Just start showing up!

Yours in Financial Freedom,

Alex Levandoski

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