Question: What’s the legacy you’ll leave behind? What’s the impact you’re making?
Maybe it’s the pandemic that’s gotten to me this week, and all the lost performances and gatherings with loved ones. There’s been so much loss around us that it got me wondering what it is that we each contribute and what (if any) of this will last.
This got me to revisit one of my all time favorite blog posts by author and entrepreneur Seth Godin. I’m a huge fan of his work and I’m re-posting this gem below.
It got me appreciating the ripple effect each one of us makes in the world. The lives we touch, the inspirations we pay forward, and the experiences we co-create with each other. From the Zoom lessons you teach to the online performances you organize and the conversations you convene.
Here’s how he calls it: this is vintage Seth, straight to the point on what matters most . . .
“All you’ve got, all your brand has got, all any of us have are the memories and expectations and changes we’ve left with others.
It’s so easy to get hung up on the itinerary, the features and the specs, but that’s not real, it’s actually pretty fuzzy stuff. The concrete impact of our lives and our work is the mark you make on other people. It might be a product you make or the way you look someone in the eye. It might be a powerful experience you have on a trip with your dad, or the way you keep a promise.
The experiences you create are the moments that define you. We’ll miss you when you’re gone, because we will always remember the mark you made on us.
There’s a sign on most squash courts encouraging players to wear only sneakers with non-marking soles. I’m not sure there’s such a thing. If you’re going to do anything worthy, you’re going to leave a mark.”
So as a musician, what’s the impact you’re making?
Think over this past week. What’s a moment where you were proud of the mark you left? And what’s a moment you regretted?
And if realizing that the moments of exchange — these experiences we create with others — are as Seth tell us, what lasts — how might this change everything?
Thank you, Seth.
And thank you, dear reader. For contributing your music, your teaching, your inspiring conversations. Let’s all keep going on our paths into this unknown new territory. Though it can be scary at times, it’s clear that we’re moving closer to the light at the end of the tunnel.
Here’s to your forward motion and to your legacy.
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