The Flip of Legacy
Many years ago, a man woke up and picked up his morning newspaper from the doorstep. As he opened the newspaper, much to his horror and distress, he read his name in the obituary column. The newspaper had reported his demise by mistake. His initial instinct was that of shock. But as he regained his equilibrium, he became curious as to how society viewed his contribution, “Dynamite King Died. He was the merchant of death.”
The man had invented dynamite. After reading the obituary, he introspected, “Is this how I want to be remembered?” He found the proposition repulsive and wanted to do something about it. So from that day on, he started working for peace.
The man was Alfred Nobel. Today he is remembered for the most prestigious prize that is given only to extraordinary contributors whohave worked towards global peace: the Nobel Peace prize!
First: Believe in self! Regardless of our past, we have the potential to change for the better. It is never too late to transform the way society is going to perceive our legacy.
Second: Believe in others! Reverse feedback is of paramount importance to evolve. If we are closed, we will not be in a position to leave our legacy behind.
The twin morals are the coexisting wheels of our professional drive. All wheels need load balancing. There are times when we know we are on the right side, and the opposite person may not have the insights or acumen to give us corrective feedback. Then, there are times where everybody around us knows we are in the wrong, but our personality is so intimidating that nobody dares to give us any feedback for fear of reproach.
A person or an organization with ill-balanced wheels will tend to swerve off-road when the ride gets bumpy. On the other hand, an entity with well-balanced wheels may encounter bumps in the journey but will stay the course and not lose focus…