Are you Building a Legacy or a Résumé?

I’ve written on legacy before (Will Anyone Miss You? Live Out Your Legacy and How to Build a Legacy of Leadership), but today I’m prompted to write on it from a new point of view. I’ve always wanted to live a life that has a lasting legacy, but of course I don’t get to decide that. That is for others to determine.

I have recently been exposed to dealing with legacy from a different angle. Instead of passionately pursuing a legacy to leave, I have been inspired to continue a legacy of someone who has left. Until we get to experience this side of legacy, I don’t think we understand the magnitude of it.

Legacy is the lasting extension of who we are today. Our legacy is carried (or not) and continued (or not) by others. Many people retire, relocate or even leave this earth with only a résumé and no legacy. So what’s the difference? What do we have to do to create a legacy that keeps on living versus a résumé that just says I was here? (more…)

I talked to two friends about their résumés this past week, and while I was discussing résumé options with each of these friends I notice they both had an interesting take on where they felt their skill sets would be valuable. They were attaching their value to the industry in which they were currently working. (more…)

I talked to two friends about their résumés this past week, and while I was discussing résumé options with each of these friends I notice they both had an interesting take on where they felt their skill sets would be valuable. They were attaching their value to the industry in which they were currently working. For example:

A tennis instructor comparing her value to the sport
An HR coordinator comparing his value to the staffing industry
An event planner comparing his value to the event industry
A sales person comparing her value to selling
A teacher comparing her value to the education system

The way they framed their skills was a good reminder to me that the talents we are blessed with are not owned by the industry or the position in which they were exposed. Most of our skills are transferable into many different industries. (more…)