What It Means For Me To Leave A Legacy

To leave a legacy…

Is not just about the volume of genius work Mozart or Chopin has left behind for all of us.

It is not just about the huge exponential progress of Singapore that was made possible by Lee Kuan Yew.

It is not the lip service paid to us during our funeral.

And it is certainly not wealth and assets.

To leave a legacy…

Is to be remembered for how we’ve made someone feel.

It is to be remembered for how we’ve changed someone’s life for the better.

It is to be remembered for how we’ve inspired others.

And it is to have all those things above passed on.

To leave a legacy is not to sit around waiting to amass a huge following before doing something.

It is to start today with the people we see around us.


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
~ Maya Angelou

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2 Comments What It Means For Me To Leave A Legacy

  1. George Williams

    You know, I look around and feel that so many do the contrary of one of your points, particularly the one about waiting around to amass a following before doing anything. By the way, this website is beautifully designed, and your words are on-point :)

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    1. Jeremy Ng

      Yes, sometimes I feel that people think they need to have a huge following before making any significant impact. But that is not true at all; there is a lot we can do even with just a few people. For example, I could choose to write quality answers to questions that I get pertaining to piano (I’ve read your email, will reply soon) and make a big difference one person at a time, or I could choose to wait till I’m as skilled as a certain big name pianist so that I can inspire tons of people to take up learning piano or perhaps rekindle their passion for it. The latter might sound more cool, but it requires that we wait.

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