Jon Stewart & Cementing Legacies
August 18th, 2015
Whether I am presenting, writing, or coaching, I point out that our legacies are really created by how we choose to live each day of our lives, and our legacies are only cemented when we pass on.
This past weekend the NYTimes published an article titled, Jon Stewart Cements His Legacy in ‘Daily Show’ Finale. Although Jon Stewart did not pass on, and instead is transitioning to the next chapter in his life’s story, this article provided the following insights for how each of us can assess how we are doing as we live our legacies:
1. “Mr. Stewart’s most important legacies was the number of careers he had started or furthered…” On a scale from 1-5 (5=very much so), am I enhancing the lives of those around me (my employees, family members, friends, strangers)?
2. “Mr. Stewart’s finale also included, as is now more or less required in these things, a salute to his backstage staff.” On a scale from 1-5 (5=very much so), am I actively thanking those in my life who in small and large ways are having a positive impact on my life?
3. “He delivered a monologue on the theme of bullshit, a word he used over and over in the span of a few minutes. He called out public officials…” On a scale from 1-5 (5=very much so), am I seeking and speaking the truth to myself and others?
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