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Legacy Building: Start Today, Impact Forever

Influence. Impact. Sacrifice. These are the three words that appear at the center of my mind when I think of the term legacy. Though I’m sure these words live within the framework of building and leaving

Influence. Impact. Sacrifice. These are the three words that appear at the center of my mind when I think of the term legacy. Though I’m sure these words live within the framework of building and leaving a legacy, I’ve recently become interested in the different perspectives on the topic—a topic that I feel is seldom touched on.

Fortuitously, I was able to satisfy my curiosities, and then some, at the 2016 WomenWerk Forum held in New York City on March 12, 2016. The day was dedicated to unpacking legacy; especially when it came down to self-development in the personal and professional realms, relationships, and gender bias—this is WomenWerk after all.

For those who don’t yet know, WomenWerk is a modern movement bringing together men and women for discussions surrounding the challenges women face and how to overcome them, among much more. Founded by two African women, the initiative stands to deliver a secure platform intended for women to encourage and celebrate individual and collective success.

Through the panels, workshops, and continuous networking opportunities, there were several messages to extract—more that I can count, in fact. From those I will happily share four key takeaways that I believe women—specifically those of color—can and should utilize while navigating corporate enterprises, motherhood, and everything in between.

 

 

No matter the circumstance, we are always leaving an impact.

Whether it’s being the first person to smile at the bus driver each morning or founding a non-profit organization, everything we do has an impact on the people around us and the trajectory of our lives. Being aware of the influence we have, big or small, can be the first step in understanding our respective purposes, making a difference, and leaving a legacy.

Use your fear to identify areas of growth.

Fear doesn’t have to incapacitate us; when we have the natural feeling of fear, it means we are pushing our boundaries and stretching beyond our limits. Use discomfort and distress to ignite a plan of action into surpassing your potential.

Your legacy to yourself is to be true to yourself.

No one can do it better than you. Leaving words unsaid is one of the most unshakable feelings with an aftertaste of regret. Though being our true selves may strike a thorny chord with many of the people around us, the subsequent respect and confidence we garner from ourselves as well as others is worth any short-term contention.

Leaving a legacy starts now.

It is a waste to wait for the acknowledgement and validation of others in order to use your gifts to make a positive change. Though the road may at times be tough, everyday you do not quit is a day you are one step closer to leaving a legacy.

Check out WomenWerk to learn more about their mission, initiatives, and opportunities.

Nkem Chukwumerije
New York, NY – Nkem is an inquisitive and enthusiastic believer who’s always looking for inspiration. She thrives in discomfort and believes the journey is worth the destination. Follow her on Instagram @nkemster & Twitter @nkemistry
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4 COMMENTS
  • Titilailai March 15, 2016

    This is an amazing article. Great keys.. Very concise, easy read. Love it!

    • Applause Africa
      Applause Africa March 30, 2016

      Thank you!

  • jarrod fleming March 15, 2016

    Great post ! I loved the flow of the article and the keys you decided to share. They spoke to me, keep up the good work !

    • Applause Africa
      Applause Africa March 30, 2016

      Thank you!

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