Thanks to smart phones with cameras and videos, the paparazzi, and the Internet, there’s not much you can do anymore that isn’t subject to being scrutinized by, well, everyone. Celebrities know this all too well, which makes you wonder how they can ever leave the house at all. But Americans certainly seem to be glad that they do—if only to criticize what celebs are wearing, how they are aging, who they are eating with, and even what they are eating.
Luckily, for most of us, the scrutiny we face is not so extreme. But make no mistake… the world is watching you too—and they want to know if you will do something “worthy” with your wealth. The choices about how to distribute your possessions are only a small part of the issue. Right or wrong, the world has an expectation that you will “DO SOMETHING” with your wealth. This isn’t bad or good. It just… IS.
Bob Buford, businessman and author of Half Time, invites people not to focus on what they’ve done, but instead to ask, “What do I do with my life now that I have all this stuff?” Here’s another way to ask this question: How does my life become significant, and how does it remain significant after I’m gone?
Significance is about capturing who you are and giving back part of yourself and your resources for the greater good of others. Your legacy can take on significant meaning and last for generations, but it first takes the right kind of planning with a trusted advisor to ensure that you plan with passion and purpose.
That’s really the best part—proper wealth planning creates a living opportunity. You can find significance right now, where you are today.
Wealth is more than money. Don’t just plan for your future, live it right now. Pass it on and share the insights like this that you find valuable.
– Mother Teresa