To Leave a Legacy

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To Leave a Legacy


Shortly after I wrote my previous blog posting honoring one of my mentors, Charles “Red” Scott, I received a package from his estate.  The package contained a lovely note and gift as well as a summary of Red’s presentation in August 1999 to 500 CEOs.  I would like to share the summary of “TO LEAVE A LEGACY” with you since I feel it is relevant to our business life as well as our personal life.



By Charles “Red” Scott

August 1999

The quality of one’s life absolutely depends upon the degree to which we align ourselves with and feel a sense of Reverence for:

God – Our Creator and Father.

Service is the virtue that distinguishes the one grade of all times by which we will be remembered.  It places a mark of nobility upon its disciples.  It is the dividing line that separates the two great groups of the world:

  • Those who help – those who hinder
  • Those who lift – those who lean
  • Those who contribute – those who consume

How much better it is to give than to receive!  Service in any form is both generous and beautiful.

To just give encouragement, to impart sympathy, to show interest, to banish fear, to build self-confidence or simply to awaken some hope in the hearts of others…



Thank you, Red, for reminding us of the importance of giving of ourselves to others.

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