When you think of what you’re worth, what comes to mind? For most people we consider our “net worth” measured in dollars to be the indicator of what we are worth. Whether your net worth is $2,000, $250,000, $1.5 Million or something more, is this what you are truly worth?

If you remove the current market value for the property/properties, stocks, bonds, futures, options, technologies, commodities, insurance policies, cars, jewelry, gold, artwork and any other material assets you own, what is left? All of those things are accumulations we may collect along our life’s journey however, do they impact the lives of others? Are these potential seeds that can change lives?

In some instances the answer is, “Yes.” Through philanthropy, what we materially accumulate during our lifespan can be left as a legacy or as a non profit foundation that supersedes us and carries on what we build for generations to come such as the “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation” and the “Bezos Day One Fund.” It may also be left as a trust for our children and our children’s children so that there is a heritage of wealth that is inherited from generation to generation.

What you are worth extends far beyond just the material. It includes the actual seeds that you plant in the lives of others. How what you do makes a difference.

It includes qualities and characteristics such as integrity, loyalty, commitment, dedication, passion, compassion, wisdom, humility, courage and being a visionary. It encompasses the ability to see beyond oneself and choose to be the difference in the lives of everyone that you touch. It is the embracing of one’s voice, no matter how small to speak the truth, speak up with honesty, candor and do it in such a way that gives us hope, possibility, uplifts our spirit, brings joy to our heart and unifies us as a human race rather than divides us with judgment, derision and negativity. It is includes stepping up in spite of fear, ridicule, threats or anything else to be a leader, a vanguard to lead the way for others to follow for the greater good. We see this with the Suffragettes, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Dale Carnegie, Nelson Mandela, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Galileo Galilei, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Charles Babbage, Thomas Edison, Nicola Tesla, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Malala Yousafzai and Oprah Winfrey.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

The recent death of the renowned American basketball player Kobe Bryant on the 26th January 2020 is a great loss to his beloved family, to all his friends, Lakers fans and basketball lovers worldwide. What he has left behind for us to follow, is his inspiration, his incredible passion, drive, love for the game, his enthusiasm and zest for life, to be a team player, be a wonderful husband and loving father, how he showed up being a coach and mentor for his daughter Gigi and her basketball team, to be a leader, a philanthropist, to be kind, caring and to always pay it forward. His net worth is not the amount of money and material assets that he has left behind but rather the intangible assets that he planted as seeds that touched the lives of everyone that not only knew him in person, but also who were uplifted and inspired by the game of basketball, how he played, the incredible dedication he had to his sport and craft to be the best that he could be, to keep striving for excellence, to be a role model for his team and those that followed him. He left a legacy for others to follow in his footsteps and that is the real indicator of what your worth is.

It is not what you say, but rather what you do to be and make a difference in the lives of others that is the true mark of a person’s worth. When the world is not watching, there are no cameras, no social media or audience around, it is what you’re doing in these moments that counts. What are you doing in the silent, quiet spaces to uplifts those around you? Isn’t it time to invest in your net worth and elevate others?

What legacy are you leaving behind?

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