At some point in our careers we all think about our legacy, what our legacy means to us, and ultimately what we want to be remembered for.
In recruitment when we discuss people's future careers, we are constantly asking, “What are you looking for?” and “What is your ideal next role?”, but very rarely will we ask, "How would you like to be remembered at the end of your career?"
In recent conversations I have found that by starting with this question, it’s making it much easier to generate a plan on how to get there. Whilst some might see this as a morbid question initially, I have found it so much easier to work out someone's real goals and career ambitions.
Like most things, there are many opinions on this subject. However, the beauty of this question is that there is no right or wrong answer— It’s just a beginning of a necessary self-reflection.
When I get asked this question my response has been,
"All I know is that I wont be remembered for the money that I make, but I will be remembered for the people that I help, which is where I will continue to focus."
So I guess my question to you is....
What would you like to be remembered for?