21 Ways to Build a Meaningful Legacy

We need to strategically position ourselves and our future in the best way possible, no matter the situation we find ourselves.

We need to strategically position ourselves and our future in the best way possible, no matter the situation we find ourselves. (Photo: Alex Jones/Unsplash)

In today’s world of instant gratification we often overlook key opportunities—instances in which our decision-making will forever impact our legacy, both in our personal lives and in our careers. My own personal feeling is that each day we have growth opportunities in almost every situation that can contribute to how people view us and ultimately how others treat us. Building a meaningful legacy is dependent on more than just big career or personal milestones that mark our path along the way, but rather how we each deal with minor instances on a daily basis.

These 21 points below represent a road map for where we can strive to improve in every interaction with ourselves and others. These key instances represent opportunities to strategically position ourselves and our future in the best way possible, no matter the situation we find ourselves.

  1. Choose serving over being served

  2. Step outside yourself and into others

  3. Actively seek excellence in all things you do

  4. Show the world something it has never seen before

  5. Be a trend setter

  6. Add value to the lives of others

  7. Engage people who challenge you rather than affirm you

  8. Systematically stretch yourself

  9. Step outside your comfort zone

  10. Surround yourself with extraordinary people

  11. Maximize your strengths

  12. Be a life long learner

  13. Master relationship skills

  14. Elevate the needs of others over your own

  15. Be a ‘positive difference’ maker

  16. Constantly focus on what’s most important

  17. Be a servant leader

  18. Listen to learn

  19. Be an authentic role model

  20. Treat people with dignity

  21. Help others be more than they think they can be

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Coach George Raveling is the former head basketball coach for Washington State, Iowa and USC, and current Director of International Basketball for Nike Basketball. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. You can follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @GeorgeRaveling.

21 Ways to Build a Meaningful Legacy