Have you seen the bumper sticker, “He Who Dies with the Most Toys Wins”? Do you ever wonder, wins what?
In America we use money as a way to keep score. Our focus on what people earn and how much money they have is pervasive. Football coaches take a new job, and the press immediately reports how much they are being paid. They don’t report on what their plan is to build a winning program, or better yet, what their plan is to develop the young men under their care into thriving responsible adults. We compare CEOs not by the impact their companies have on society, but by how much money they earn.
Our culture is so focused on money that we lose sight of the fact that time, not money, is our scarcest resource, and the most important things in life can’t be purchased.
How are you using your wealth? Do you spend more time thinking about the size of your balance sheet than the quality of your most important relationships? Are you more focused on how your income compares to those around you than the positive impact you can make on the people around you?
He who dies with the most toys leaves a lot of toys behind. He who builds a life of close relationships and meaningful work leaves the world a better place than he found it.
What legacy to do you want to leave?