Leave a legacy

I think it's human nature to wonder what people think about us. In fact, I would say at times we spend way too much time wondering what people will think as a result of something we said or did. Consequently, our actions are led not only by our personal beliefs and philosophies, but also by the perceived responses others might have…


As educators, I believe acknowledging what others think is a vital part of the self-reflective journey to always improve and get better. I think it's also important to note that what others think should not be the driving force behind what we say and do; it's merely a piece of the whole puzzle.

Now, this blog post isn't about doing what others will like or respond well to, but while we are on the topic, wouldn't it be nice for others to think highly of us?

Wouldn't it be nice to leave a positive legacy that will not only be remembered, but will serve as an inspiration and motivation for others for years to come?

What will your legacy be? For what will you be remembered?

Will your legacy be a legacy of treating others respectfully, fairly and individually?

Will your legacy be a legacy of trust and tolerance to the needs of others?

Will your legacy be a legacy of shared, collective and collaborative approaches toward improvement?

Will your legacy be a legacy of sincerity, selflessness and reliability?

Will your legacy be a legacy of humility and acceptance of failure as a means toward growth?

Will your legacy be a legacy of flexibility, enthusiasm and energy?

Will your legacy be a legacy of courage, strength and vision toward shared aspirations?

Will your legacy be a legacy of helping and serving others so they can achieve their goals?

Regardless of your profession or position in education, you have the luxury of developing and refining your legacy on a daily basis. Your legacy is in your hands and whether you realize it or not, people all around you are taking notice of what you are doing, or not doing…

What kind of legacy are you leaving…?

Check out Justin Tarte's blog, Life of an Educator, and follow him on Twitter @justintarte.


2 comments for “Leave a legacy

  1. Mike
    September 4, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Excellent point! And think, if educators spend so much time worrying about what others think, it’s no wonder we have a hard time getting students not to give in to peer pressure. The world would be a better place if we all spent less time worrying about what others think and more time teaching our students to do the same!

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