Will your legacy equal greatness?

You have all seen or heard the question:  Will the kid you were be proud of the adult you are?  You may have even have asked yourself that question when trying to determine which road to take when you get to that fork in the road of life. [caption id="attachment_603" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The Greatest - Muhammad Ali"][/caption] I thought about this last night while watching the Super Bowl.  You had two quarterbacks that are very good (I reserve using the term great until their careers are over and can be compared to the greats) trying to define their legacy.  They were reaching for that ultimate goal of being a Super Bowl winning quarterback.  It is an odd situation that the quarterback typically gets all the praise and blame but that is the football society in which we live. Will Aaron Rodgers' legacy be one based on the fact that he was a Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl XLV?  Will it be that he was the 24th pick in a draft behind the likes of Alex Smith and became a Super Bowl champ.  Or that he led a team from the wildcard through the playoffs on the road and won the championship.  How will his legacy be defined?  Is he great?  Will he be considered great? How about Ben?  The fact that he was trying to win his 3rd Super Bowl in 6 years alone should put him in the conversation of great but his off the field antics may preclude that from happening.  He has won in pressure situations and led his team to championships before.  He too led his team through the playoffs on the road and won a Super Bowl.  He threw a perfect pass to win the Championship just two years ago.  What is his legacy?  Again, defined by winning on the field or poor decisions off of it? I, personally, like to answer this question every year.  Every year it changes because each time I ask it I move the point of reference.  In my 20's I asked about my legacy when I was a kid and being proud.  Now in my mid-30's the questions isn't just would the kid be proud but what about the teenager and mid-20's adult.  Are they proud of the decisions I have made and the legacy I am building. I tend to be my harshist critic.  I tend to believe that I can always do more.  That I expect more out of myself.  And so there are somedays that I think I could have been better, but then I think who could I have been better for?  The stranger staring at me on the treadmill as I push it  to 9.4.  Or could I have been better for my wife and step-son. I want to define my greatness and not have somebody define it for me and this is why I push and push and push.  I don't let up.  I want my family to say when I am gone....he gave us his all.  I want my friends to say to each other....he was a person who expected so much out of himself and thus we had to work harder to keep up with him.  I want to be great, but I want to be great by my definition.  Outside influences will not define me.....I will define me. I am a husband and step-father.  I am a triathlete.  I am a marathoner.  I am a marketing leader.  I am accomplished.  I am educated. I am.....

STILL DEFINING MYSELF

I have a lot of goals and dreams that still need to be accomplished and I hope that you all do as well.  Have you tried to define your legacy to date?  Are you proud of what you have done?  If not, what are you waiting for?  If so, have you created that next level of greatness.

To borrow Jim's saying:

BE GREAT TODAY !!!!!

 

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Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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