Start and leave a legacy

Many of us can realize that despite all the effort and economic achievements, a legacy is not being left that survives after death.

Poverty does not come from the diminution of riches, but from the multiplication of desires: (Plato)

A few days ago I read about the importance of leaving a legacy, big businessmen always talk about management and political, economic and social leaders talk about ethics.

However… How about we focus on talking about “legacy”. Why not ask ourselves what we will leave on earth with our example? And so less speeches…

This is where I want to start by citing the story of Alfred Nobel. The person you know for founding the most recognized prize – the Nobel Prize –, before that prize was created, was an engineer who dedicated his life to the creation of explosives.

It all started in the middle of the year 1888, with the death of Ludwig Nobel (older brother of the chemist and arms manufacturer Alfred Nobel). An error by a French journalist confused Ludwig – an engineer by profession – with the inventor of dynamite, and he dedicated an obituary to him in which he referred to him as the “merchant of death”.

Through that text, Alfred Nobel was able “in life” to discover what they thought of his legacy, which caused a change of mentality in the chemist, who wanted to change his image before it was too late.

And so it was when Nobel decided to highlight the work in some scientific areas, literature and, also, in favor of peace. The scientist was aware that he wanted to leave a good part of his wealth from his destructive invention, and for this reason he decided to leave a legacy of his fortune to produce the aforementioned prizes.

Nobel’s will was written as follows: Recognize the person who has made the most important discovery or invention in the field of physics; recognize the person who has made the most important chemical discovery; recognize the person who has made the most important discovery in the field of physiology or medicine; to recognize the person who has produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction, and recognition to the person who has done the greatest or best work for brotherhood among nations, the abolition or reduction of armies permanent.

Now I ask you this question: “If you died today, what do you think your obituary would say? Tell me the reality… if you said goodbye to the world today, how would you like to be remembered?

Many of us can realize that despite all the effort and economic achievements, a legacy is not being left that survives after death. And I think that if you are reading this column, it is because you are a brilliant person who always seeks to learn.

Think that you will face death as Alfred Nobel did, and that you have the opportunity to rewrite the way the world will remember you, what would that new obituary say?

Until next time.

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Start and leave a legacy