We think about legacy as we get older, but that is often too late.
When you get to an age where it’s time to transition your business, you will need to have already thought through many things, including your professional legacy.
This was brought home this past week with the passing of a Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Regardless of politics, you have to admire her for fighting to make something of her life against the odds as a woman in a man’s world; and for giving back to society for so many years.
She was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and a pioneer for women’s rights. Who, ironically, late in life became a cultural icon for those much younger.
Her vision was to create a legacy of equality for all, and she shaped our country’s vision of equality. Not bad for a 100-pound grandmother.
What about you?
What’s your legacy that you want to be known for?
If you are 30-60 years old and running your landscape firm, now is the time to think about your legacy. Don’t wait for 3-5 years before you retire or decide to sell your landscape business.
You must start at least 10 years out to do it right, even longer if you want to build a business that gives you the life you want to live.
This is a short blog from me to remind you that life is short.
We all have dreams, and we all have the opportunity to live a life of meaning and impact.
So, plan what you want your legacy to be now and go after it full steam.
I run the largest landscape peer group network in the industry, and I get the opportunity to see people who wait too long. And I also get to help others with ambition and a dream to run towards it at an early age and succeed.
If you already know how you want to transition your business in the future, don’t wait. Start putting the pieces into place now while you have your health and the economy at your back.