The goal is not to live forever. It's to create something that does.
Telling someone to love others is a good thing. Directing them to make love a priority in their decision-making is actionable insight.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever. You can celebrate this wondrous occasion by gifting a family heirloom, a tradition to inspire growing minds for generations to come.
Or you can get them that towel they registered for.
As colorful and arms-wide-open as the Giffords themselves.
Imagine the first impression you ever have of your family - the models we use to construct personality - is one of open arms. How might that change how you perceive yourself? Would you be more likely to make friends?
One of the more solid connections science has made between lifestyle and happiness is the size of our social network. More friends = happier, healthier and a longer life.
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning."
"I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time, I am right."
"It's not that I'm so smart. I just stay with problems longer."
Set it and forget it. A well-crafted culture displays in its environment best practices for thinking before a mind even becomes aware of itself.
Which ideas do you cherish? Are they on display? Why the hell not?
This Legacy attempts to inspire a well-rounded collection of idea priorities: Integrity, Excellence and Love.
A personal note: When I made love my top priority in all decision-making, I became a happier, better man.
Included are quotes from founding fathers, poets and geniuses. The rest are mine.
A friend's feedback: Needs color. Agreed. I like, though, its austere nature. Color can alter perception and I'd rather not get in the way of the ideas. Plus, I like how Silly turned out.
Families have commissioned heirlooms for thousands of years. What's your legacy?
Translation: Excellence Through Effort
We can't live forever. But we can leave something that does, whispering a legacy of wisdom into the ears of our children, grandchildren and more.
What will you say to them?
Making your bed first thing in the morning habitually begins your day with the fundamentals of every great achievement:
Set a goal.
Work to achieve it.
Bask in the warmth of accomplishment.
Make it as automatic in a growing mind as brushing your teeth? You've just shielded them from falling into the seductive trap of procrastination.
What's important here? What should I focus my time and energy upon? What's my purpose? How should I react to fear? What must I do in order to feel loved and accepted? How do I treat others?
We all find answers to these questions. We have to. It starts in the Magic Years, ages two to six - the intersection of Theory of Mind development and the brain's ability to store long-term memory.
You can't possibly be there to guide them all the time. But your Legacy can.
It was August 24, 1909, when he got the news.
Pneumonia. Wouldn't live to see September.
Unable to speak, William Sinclair, widower, self-made businessman and loving father of five sons, cradled his oldest son's cheek.
Ethan clenched his father's hand. "What will we do, papa?"
He motioned to the desk in the far corner and another son, Frederick, raced to retrieve his ledger and fountain pen on which William wrote this creed.
"Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes."
Like software for computers, family culture is the operating system of the Growing Mind. The Realize Legacy upgrades to Your Family 2.0.
"Things may come to those who wait. but only the things left by those who hustle."