This past weekend I had the great opportunity to hear Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV speak in Las Vegas at the Affiliate Summit West. If you don’t know who Gary Vaynerchuk is then you should! He’s passionate about Wine, life, and more importantly his family. What separates this guy from most motivational speakers is that he gives the reason why you should be passionate about the love of your life.  What do I mean when I say, the love of your life?  Simply, what are you passionate enough about to make that passion important enough to make it a PRIORITY in your life? Think about it for a moment or two. Are there things in your life that you say are important to you but if you were to take an objective look at your lifestyle and your life choices would you be disappointed? I have to join you in this honest attempt to objectively assess myself.

Gary hold’s nothing back because time is short and if you want to do what you love then do that. During his presentation I got smacked right in face with this statement “Legacy is more Important that Currency”

Let me repeat that for you? Legacy is more Important that Currency

This is the line that stopped me in my tracks. Although I have believed this for sometime, I have never articulated it this way. It struck a nerve with me  because a few months back I began writing on all my profiles, “attempting to live a life that will make my grandchildren proud.” I am a Wedding Photographer who provides the service of photographing weddings for couples who are willing to invest in their grandchildren. I know that most photographers sell the idea that they are photographing the wedding so that the Bride and Groom will relive their wedding day over and over again. Well, I’ve never heard the Bride and Groom say that they wanted to relive the wedding day. However, I do hear that the Bride and Groom want to have photographs that transcend time and place so that their grandchildren will see a part of their family history.

I think this is the heart of having Legacy. Legacies give meaning to the present and is something that generations to come cannot out live. My grandfather has a legacy for me because he made it possible for my Father to go to school. My grandfather couldn’t read but still managed to run a gas station for 20 years! My Grandfather’s parents died when he was somewhere between 12-14. He was then forced to live on his own and find work. He got married and had a successful family. I was named after him. My Grandfather’s legacy is tied to my name and his legacy tells me that the only thing stopping me is me.

Take a few moments and think about/write down your families legacy and/or what legacy you would like to leave behind.

Here is a video of Gary speaking about having patience and a passion for life and family. This is not the presentation that he spoke at Affiliate but the meaning is still there. Although Gary only speaks truth, don’t forget that his adjectives may not be suitable for all audiences.