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A Dad’s Legacy Lives On

by Steve on October 8, 2011 · 0 comments

“I would want my legacy to be that I was a great son, father and friend.” – Dante Hall

With the early passing of Steve Jobs, there has been in depth coverage of his life and legacy. He’ll be remembered in the like of Edison and Einstein. He lived intentionally and lived his passions. Learning more about how he lived and what he produced causes me to think of my own legacy. Will I be remembered in a big way? As far as I know, no news agency has reels of my life sitting around to air when I die.

As I was leaving the house today, I was feeling a little sad because I felt less accomplished than I thought I would be now at 35. Just as that limiting thought rolled through my mind, I heard a little grunt coming from my bed where my three month old was waking up with a stretch. I looked at her and smiled. Then I walked into the other room and saw my three year old eating her eggs. I smiled again.

Maybe I won’t be at a Steve Jobs level when my time is up, where millions use the products I invented, but I have created something special. Two of them. What I created will have a direct impact on many people (maybe millions) for a long, long time. But, my work isn’t done. I have to mold and inspire these two creations. I need to instill in them their values, give them confidence and compassion and help them build their legacies.

So whenever I start to get frustrated that my legacy isn’t big enough and that my picture isn’t on a magazine cover, I look at my girls and remember my legacy sits right there. My legacy needs me. My work in them will be known for generations to come.

I will live on.

What do you think about your legacy?

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