Legacy Or Currency?

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What are you chasing, legacy or currency?

Either you’re living to be remembered well after your last breath or you’re chasing paper.

Are you living to give your name a meaning or are you living to stack up your cheese?

In today’s society a lot of people are chasing currency. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why people tend to get off track on this road to success. In my perspective, currency in a way serves as an illusion. It’s designed to get you to stop pursuing your dreams and in return get you to settle for mediocrity. People who chase currency almost always end up in mediocrity.  This is so because by pursuing the all mighty dollar bill, they ultimately end up taking on jobs which they despise just for the cheque.

It becomes a tedious cycle. Chase money, work, pay bills, repeat. 

On the contrary, those who chase dreams, aim to leave a legacy. At the end of the day, we don’t know how much money Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and Steve Jobs made, but what we do know is they will be remembered, forever.

We don’t remember the amount of money in their bank account, but we remember them.

Their name will remain on this earth for centuries to come. You may be wondering, why is this the case? How come only a select few go on to leave their mark on the world and in return get remembered well after they meet their maker?

Well, it’s because they were pursuing a legacy. They weren’t chasing money. Although, people such as Steve Jobs did in fact make a killing, he wasn’t concerned about the dough. This is what a lot of successful people have in common; money doesn’t motivate them as much as it motivates the average person. Instead they are motivated by their ability to achieve. They are motivated to leave a legacy.

It’s also interesting to note, when you’re chasing a legacy, you can make a killing financially as well. But on the other hand, when you are pursuing currency, you will rarely leave a legacy.

For that reason, let your name be worth more than your bank account. When you go, you go, but your name will stay on this earth.

Your name is the only thing you got. Sure, we didn’t choose our names, but it’s up to us to give our name a meaning. People such as Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, and Elvis gave their name a meaning by pursuing a legacy. It’s time for you to do the same. You were born and you will die, but in the time between the way you live your life determines if the world mourns you or if only a few people mourn you after you take your last breath.

In addition, don’t let the worry of money keep you from pursuing your dreams. Usually, money induces us because when we are pursuing our dreams, it’s typically harder to make some dough at first, whereas if you go the other way, you can easily stack some dough up by getting a nine to five or whatever it may be. However, if you keep pursuing your dreams, usually you will far exceed the paycheque you would have received at your corporate gig. This is the case because history has shown us when we do things we love, we strike it big financially.

I guess what I’m trying to say is money is important. There’s no doubt about it. However, there’s so much more in this world besides green pieces of paper. If you never see the world for what it truly is, you’ll never live life the way it was intended to be lived.

For that reason, I recommend you live your life in the manner you want to be remembered in. Do you want books and movies to be made about your presence on this earth or do you want to be yet another average person who’s six feet deep?

So the question I have for you is…

When you die, what do you want people to say about you and how do you want them to remember you?

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  • kenneth

    i love this site and always come here for motivation. But on this article i kind of disagree with somethings maybe am just different. i say follow your dreams not because of a legacy or money just because they are your dreams and you will be happy achieving them .if be it your dream is to make as much money as you can (even though i think money shouldn’t be your sole motivation )or to create a legacy go for it. personally i don’t care who is at my funeral when am dead, even if the whole world comes and mourns am dead so i wont even know i have other things like God to worry about.

    • admin

      You bring up a great point. At the end of the day, it’s all dependent on what you want out of life!