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Leaving a Legacy: 10 Tangible Traits of Timeless Icons

Leaving a Legacy: 10 Tangible Traits of Timeless Icons

What will you be remembered for? Will you be remembered at all? Time does not show favoritism and a legacy is not easy to come by. These 10 icons whether living legend or not will not be easily forgotten.

If we would apply these icons life lessons to ourselves, the title of timeless legend could be ours as well. InstaFamous or immortalized which would we rather obtain?

1. Leaving a Legacy Through Humility – Genghis Khan

This icon took a people scattered by tribunal war and united the Mongolian people. Genghis Khan, considered by many to be the greatest conqueror of all time, at one point controlled more of the world than any other person in history has before or after him.

Known for drinking from wooden goblets instead of jewel in-crested grails, Khan never took the majority of his raid’s spoils but instead humbly and wisely let his warriors dive up the income. Through humility, he decided against taking on a Roman Empire which many thought Khan could have easily taken. Humility made this poor Mongolian into the greatest conqueror mankind has ever seen.

2. Leaving a Legacy Through Vision – Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK through 4 words galvanized an American Civil Revolution. Before King Jr. could give his renowned “ I had a Dream” speech he first had to have that dream. Martin Luther King Jr. took this teaching of Solomon to heart. “Where there is no vision the people perish..”

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A dream of a better day manifested by action was the vision he would give to his followers. While many argue that MLK’s dream has not been fully evident in America yet, this much is true – without that dream, we would not see the differences that we see in our society today.

3. Leaving a Legacy Through Hope – Jesus Christ

How did this, the largest icon on the list, amass such a lasting and large following? By giving them hope. Hope is the end all answer.

If anyone rich or poor, woman or child taps into this powerful idea and causes those who hear them, to find hope in something better, their legacy will endure.

4. Leaving a Legacy Through Dedication – Michael Jordan

In order for Michael Jordan to be iconic, he had to be dedicated. MJ’s dedication was challenged one night when his father was murdered by two men. Michael Jordan found within himself the dedication to not only return to the NBA but to become the NBA Champion as well. Dedication is part of what makes him a legend.

Michael Jordan found within himself the dedication to not only return to the NBA but to become the NBA Champion as well. Dedication is part of what makes him a legend.

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5. Leaving a Legacy Through Transformation- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart was one of the most prolific child prodigies to ever touch the piano. That wasn’t enough for Mozart. Against his father’s wishes, he went from being a traveling pianist to become the greatest opera composer of all time.

Though Mozart failed to finish his Requiem, when you hear the rendition available today, it is steeped in a kind of transformation, that only true timeless icons can achieve.

6. Leaving a Legacy Through Being Unique – Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama brought a unique power to the White House. She brought herself. She dressed differently, she spoke as only she could, and she stood up for what she believed in. Her ability to be uniquely herself is just a portion of her timeless traits. The legacy the First Lady has left has been an empowering one not just for women of ethnic background but for women overall. Michelle Obama has shown that you can be classy and sexy all at the same time even in the highest office by simply being yourself.

The legacy the First Lady has left has been an empowering one not just for women of ethnic background but for women overall. Michelle Obama has shown that you can be classy and sexy all at the same time even in the highest office, by simply being yourself.

7. Leaving a Legacy Through Value – Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was an amazing martial art master before he was in movies. What Bruce Lee did to become an icon of the sport and of the films was by bringing something different to the screen. His value became evident when so many Americans flocked not only to the movie theaters to see his performances but also to the gym to learn his trademark art. Without the

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His value became evident when so many Americans flocked not only to the movie theaters to see his performances but also to the gym to learn his trademark art. Without the value, Bruce Lee brought, martial art films would have never spawned into the many markets they occupy today.

8. Leaving a Legacy Through Adaptation – Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin consistently met adversity but he wasn’t destined to fail. Adversity or not he is a recognized forefather of The United States because he could adapt to circumstances. Adversity showed its face consistently and yet Benjamin through the use of pseudonyms, alternate lifestyles, and a mind built to always prevail cemented a legacy few have attained and he did it by adapting.

Adversity showed its face consistently and yet Benjamin through the use of pseudonyms, alternate lifestyles, and a mind built to always prevail, cemented a legacy few have attained and he did it by adapting.

9. Leaving a Legacy Through Reformation – Susan B. Anthony

In order to leave a legacy sometimes, you have to make a place for yourself. Susan B. Anthony the champion of the Women Rights Reformation did just that. She did not sit idle while her country forgot her and fellow women alike.

She did not sit idle while her country forgot her and fellow women alike. No, she faced the Federal Government formidably and overcame a history of oppression. She championed women’s suffrage and carved a legacy worthy of timeless recognition through reformation.

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10. Leaving a Legacy Through Being Relentless – Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon is one of the most misunderstood of all conquerors but that’s not what makes him an icon. Napoleon was relentless. He, after defeat, was banished to a lonely island. After being exiled to this solitary confinement of sorts, Napoleon saw an opportunity.

English ships passing his island became victim to the relentless power of Napoleon Bonaparte. With theses pirated ships, Napoleon once again became Emperor of Europe through relentless dedicated action. Even if he only held the office for a very short time, he showed how icons become timeless by never giving up.

Carving out a legacy and becoming popular on social media are two very different feats. In order to have lasting memories made, you must become iconic. Take these icon’s tangible traits and make them your own, if you want to be timeless. Leaving a legacy is greater than leaving a tweet.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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