This is what a legacy should look like
About a month ago, one of my daughter's closest friends was killed in a single car accident. No one knows what happened, just that Michael Powell was on his way home from work and never made it.
Micheal was one of those special kids you hope your daughter will marry someday. He was hilarious, kind, hard-working, and above all, giving. One of my favorite stories about him was how he loved people experiencing homelessness and would make them care packages that he could give out when he saw them.
This week, on our family vacation, my daughter and her friend (also a friend of Michael's) decided to continue that legacy. While on vacation at the beach, they took the time to go to Walmart and buy bottled water, snacks, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other goods. And, to top it off, they hand-wrote a card that said, "Recently our friend Michael Powell passed away. He loved to give care packages to people that needed them. We are continuing that for him." Then when we went to walk downtown, instead of looking at shops, they were carrying heavy care packages and looking for people to help.
That is what a legacy should look like. Not money, houses, or cars. Not silly stories or crazy parties. Not fame or trophies. Love. Love for others is the best legacy we can leave.
This first appeared on my blog at adamjwalker.com.
Great leadership reading from this week
Pretty much everyone wants a 4-day work week, says survey
This article was eye-opening about several work trends. A few quotes that are worth noting:
“A survey of 1,000 UK workers by Slack found that almost nine in 10 respondents (86%) would prefer to work longer hours over fewer days, by shortening the typical working week from five days to four.”
“69% of respondents to Slack's survey said asynchronous working gave them time to perfect ideas and responses before communicating, and more than six in 10 said asynchronous work maximized their productivity.”
“Slack calculates that asynchronous work saves employees an average of two hours and 53 minutes weekly, solely by replacing real-time meetings.
“Microsoft Japan's trial four-day work week in 2019 was regarded a success, resulting in a 40% rise in productivity.”
“66% of respondents say they would look for a job immediately, or within three months, if hybrid or remote working was not offered by their company.”
Other great reading from this week
If You Want To Live Longer, This Study Suggests You Exercise A Lot More Than Previously Recommended
“People who exercised two to four times more than the American Heart Association’s weekly minimum recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate activity had a reduction in mortality risk of 26% to 31%”
A Happiness Columnist’s Three Biggest Happiness Rules
“Lasting happiness comes from habits, not hacks.” I love that quote!
How to become more open-minded and willing to change
Change isn’t bad. It’s essential. This article has a pretty good framework for how to stay open-minded.
Great podcasts from this week
My videos from this week
My Podcasts to check out
Tech Talk Y'all - My tech/comedy news podcast.
Real Pink - I host the national podcast for Susan G. Komen. If you want some inspiration or information about breast cancer, give it a listen.
While Daring Greatly - This is the podcast version of my live streams.
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