One the hallmarks of great entrepreneurship is to create your legacy and then step away from it to ensure that it goes on without you.
If you leave and your legacy goes with you, then the vision was not big enough.
The create a legacy strong enough that when you step down, the dream carries on, you should be thinking about autonomy and your personal exit strategy at all times to test weaknesses and holes in your big vision.
Often we want to be the hero leader in our businesses, we want to be missed by people close to us when we are gone, but it is important to leave a legacy that people will be able to carry forward in your absence.
Don’t stay forever in your position, plant a strong team and leave. Don’t overstay your welcome, don’t hog the space.
Leave before you are left.
The past we inherit, the future we create. Leave a legacy worth sharing. Make a difference in the lives that follow.
Don’t leave money, shoes, bags and designer clothes, leave vision, wisdom, skill and a strong team. If you only leave money behind, those who inherit it will abuse and lose it and eventually what you would have left behind is a hard-earned lesson in finance.
The only thing you take with you when you are gone is what you leave behind. – John Allston
What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.