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What Will You Be Remembered For?

Today’s Trailblazer Tuesday we are going to have a bit of a history lesson.

If you were asked what Thomas Edison most remembered for, you would say the light bulb. But, what makes the light bulb so significant? It extended the length of our day.

What would come to mind if someone mentioned the name Walt Disney to you? Perhaps Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney World and imagination.

Why were the Wright Brothers so significant? They were aviation pioneers who were credited with inventing, building, and flying the first successful airplane. What was the impact of the airplane? It allowed us to travel, long distances in shorter periods of time.

Thomas Edison was around until about 1930, which was well after the age of the automobile. But could you name the type of car he drove? Walt Disney was a very avid collector, but could you name his biggest prized possession and what he collected? You may or may not be surprised to know he was an avid collector of trains. After the Wright brothers rose to fame, could you tell me the name of their tailor or even the brand of suspenders they wore?

The point is, you know these people are very famous and important people. Nobody knows anything about the cars they drove, clothes they wore and what they collected. But, you do remember the impact they left on others. Whether it’s Claire Martin, who was the founder of the Red Cross, or Mother Teresa for her missionary work.

People remember the impact you and others have made.  We all want to have a nice house and we all want to drive a nice car. What is more important, is the legacy we leave behind and the value we added to other’s lives.