Leaving a Legacy – Is it Important or Is it Ego – Success Pillar Twelve


Have you ever pondered this question; “Is leaving a legacy important or is it more about fulfilling my own ego?”

I use to want my kids to know me better, so they would judge me less, this was before knowing about the twelve pillars of success.  I wrote a book for them to read ‘someday’ in case they wanted to know more about my history.  My own insecure thinking brought on those thoughts of course, but that was then.

Pillar Twelve:

Leave a Legacy: “Live a life that will help others spiritually, intellectually, physically, financially, and relationally.  Live a life that serves as an example of what an exceptional life can look like.”

How serious should one be about leaving a legacy?  What does it really mean to leave a legacy?  If you think about some of the greatest leaders in history, you’ll find Ghandi who’s legacy was peace; Martin Luther King Jr who’s legacy was about a dream of freedom for all races; Mother Theresa who’s legacy was feeding those in need, and the list goes on.

None of us can choose how long we will live but we can all choose how well we will live.  Will we be rich, poor, happy or sad, mean or loving?  It’s all a choice no matter your history.

If you’ve claimed to be a self-made millionaire, you have not blazed that trail on your own.  You have done it with the help of those who came before you.  When we follow a path of great men and women who came before us, then we are sure to leave a trail of good fruit when we’re gone.

If we can live a life that serves others than we will have left a legacy behind us that isn’t about ego, but about love and selflessness.  If we can be an example of our words, then others will know it’s possible.  It will be the credibility they need to be effective in their relationships and in their lives.

Glenn Dietzel wrote these 20 statements regarding Legacy:

  1. Your Legacy always starts with insignificance.
  2. As you move forward out of procrastination, you don’t have to get it perfect, you just have to build momentum.
  3. Get your Legacy going NOW; movement builds momentum and permanent habits of success.
  4. Feedback is the answer to all your prayers.
  5. Always take focused, inspired, outcome-driven action.
  6. The action you take right NOW reveals the next action.
  7. You must look within for value, but must look beyond for perspective.
  8. Whoever has the strongest focus wins in the market place. Split concentration is why you fail.
  9. Your twin tickets to freedom: marketing and sales.
  10. Greater sameness will never get you better results. Be different!
  11. The road to success is defined by doing things in the order of their importance…By doing what other people do not want to do!
  12. The language you use at your weakest moment is the key to driving your success forward.
  13. Safety is riskier than you realize. caution shouldn’t be thrown to the wind, but without risks, life isn’t an adventure.
  14. Always set goals in the context of those ahead of you – the secret to quantum leaps is to think big and do small simultaneously.
  15. The closer you get to the goal line…the stronger your resolve must be. Success works on an inverse square formula.
  16. You can only see what you know. And what you know must be revealed to you by another person whom you connect with at a heart level.
  17. The key to moving forward rapidly is based on the quality and quantity of your pain: the pain of going back must exceed the pain of moving forward.
  18. It’s not the idea but the presentation of your idea that is the key to your legacy!
  19. It’s not the idea but the presentation of your idea that is the key to your legacy!
  20. It’s not the idea but the presentation of your idea that is the key to your legacy!

If you wait to learn the pillars of success, you may find yourself making the same mistakes over and over and eventually asking why you waited until your life was weighed down with regret before you made a course correction.

What kind of legacy do you want to leave? If you were to die tomorrow how would you be remembered? What would you change today that would re-frame life or create a course correction for you?

A VPA Legacy

It is important for me to continue teaching  – Vision, Power, Action because it will help so many people look within themselves for joy instead of buying into the idea that the external world provides it.  My goal is to reach as many physically challenged people around the world as I can but I can’t do it alone.  Here is just one of so many reasons why it’s important for me to share.

This weekend I was sitting in a group class and there was a deaf couple that someone was translating for. The topic was about hearing whispers from God.  Now whether you choose to say Universe or another name its all the same creator or energy field in my world.

The translator raised his hand, took the mic and said, “Can deaf people hear the voice of God?”

The teacher looked puzzled.  He didn’t respond to her question but turned instead to the 300+ of us sitting in the room for help with the answer.  I listened to the quiet voice inside my heart which said ‘raise your hand.’
So I raised my hand and a mic was handed to me.  “We are all deaf to a degree.” I began.  “If not, Jesus never would have said, If only you could hear, to his own disciples.  We are no different.  The voice of God comes from inside of us, not out side of us.”   The deaf can probably hear this voice more often because they can listen internally without even trying. For those who hear we are so easily distracted by noise that the voice is drowned out.

This is why Pauline Victoria and I have decided to teach the concepts of Vision Power and Action  to the physically challenged community.  They need to know they are not alone and that people do care about them.  If you are someone who would like to get involved with Pauline and I and the incredible work that has begun just let me know.  You don’t have to be disabled, but you do have to know someone who is to really get it.

I’d like to thank the late Jim Rohn, and Chris Widener, for developing Pillars of Success and for leaving their own legacy for us to learn from in so many fabulous ways.

Please visit the links below to review the pillars you may have missed and as always I hope you enjoy tremendous success as you implement them into your life.












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5 Responses to Leaving a Legacy – Is it Important or Is it Ego – Success Pillar Twelve

  1. Lee Wise says:


    Great subject and a good one for anyone to review including myself! Actually, I’ve thought about it for years and a section of my mission statement deals with the aspect of being a positive influence to future generations.

    I certainly related to this comment: “None of us can choose how long we will live but we can all choose how well we will live.”

    Thanks, Kellie, for being a positive influence in the world and striving to help people live well,



    Kellie Reply:

    Thank you Lee and welcome. That quote is so true and I for one long to serve in a capacity of love, and to this end I pray the legacy I leave is seen in the reflection of this desire. Let me know if I can serve you in any way as well. I also invite you to tune in to our radio show where you’ll find amazing guests and insights every Friday evening at 7 pm. http://www.motivational-radio.com/community-life/the-studio


    Lee Wise Reply:


    Yes, I identify about praying about the legacy I leave — we have to “reach up” for so many reasons and for some many things in our lives.

    Yes, I will let you know if you can assist in any way.

    All the best to you and those you love,



    Lee Wise Reply:

    P.S. I do a bit of writing. Looked up these two I had written earlier. Enjoy.

    The honor of winning can begin the joy of creating a winning legacy as a result. ©Lee Wise

    There is great value in great character and in the value of great character lies the potential of a greater legacy. ©Lee Wise


    Kellie Reply:

    Hope you don’t mind that I left them both. :) It’s a good example of how we can use our blog posts as forums for discussion as well. Thank you again and I’ll be checking out your posts.

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