Pursuing Legacy: Principles for an Influential Career & Impactful Life is a research-based professional development book that offers practical knowledge on how individuals can tap into their familial environment and personal ambitions to make impactful career decisions. This book guides the reader through the process of creating and maintaining a career legacy through real-life stories of members of six successful family businesses, spanning over 100 years and four generations. The career stories offer rich and vivid descriptions of common elements of legacies, including the historical processes in America which fueled entrepreneurship and family business. Each chapter ends with a summary of important tips learned from the legacy told by the family. A discussion on the key principles of legacy and how to activate these principles is the integral lesson of this book. Worksheets and assessments are also included to help the reader discover their family values, assess their career ambitions, and pursue their legacy through the promotion of generative thinking.
After reading this book, readers will have a better understanding of what it is to have and leave a legacy.
1. Assess the influence of past experiences-How have your family beginnings, environment, and upbringing shaped your career decisions?
2. Determine purpose-Where are you going in life and what talent/ability do you uniquely possess?
3. Plan career legacy- What do you want to and what will you leave behind for the next generation?
4. Make an impact-How do you apply your skills, passions, and experiences to change your environment?