Leadership Lessons – #leaveyourlegacy

I spent a lot of time last week thinking about legacy and small business.  Last year my mothers business, Wakefield’s Beauty Connection,  was awarded for 25 years of service in the Kalispell Center Mall, in Kalispell, Montana.  For years previous to opening the Beauty Connection she owned and operated at least four other very successful business in the hair and beauty industry.   As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX and all of the amazing benefits, seeing a woman who has broken all of the small business stereotypes by simply crushing it for 35 straight years.  When you think about it, that is almost nine Presidential terms.  While people were busy blaming Washington’s politics for holding back small business, she simply just kicked ass and took names.  Then she took those names, and turned them into loyal repeat customers.  It was done without deep discount sales and gimmicky tatics – simply through great customer service, an impressive inventory selection and always delivering her personal brand in every sale.

When we think of leaving our legacy in business, it is not much different than leaving your legacy in sport.  The great Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens sums it up the best.

If you are not pissed off at greatness, that means that you are okay with mediocre.

You do not see mediocre businesses stick around for very often.

Enjoy the video below from a small group of amazing students from Stanford University.  It does a great job of highlighting the attention to detail that elite athletes have.  It shows that preparation is key to any sport, business, project or dream.  With Ray Lewis delivering a pregame speech over the top of the music – it simply reminds us to Leave Our Legacy.

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