What type of legacy do you hope to leave? Will the actions you take today help to preserve freedom for the next generation? We all have a limited lifespan. What kind of impact do you hope to have on your family, employees, or others? We can use our...
What type of legacy do you hope to leave? Will the actions you take today help to preserve freedom for the next generation? We all have a limited lifespan. What kind of impact do you hope to have on your family, employees, or others? We can use our time to grow in our relationship to God, to serve others, and to boldly stand up for the principles of truth, justice and liberty – or we can use our time to serve temporal gods of money, pleasure, or convenience. What will you choose? In this episode, dedicated to Linda’s parents, she shares examples of legacy leadership in business and at home, and encourages listeners to live boldly, with eternity in mind. True prosperity does not come from monetary gain. The true path to prosperity begins in the heart. You can create a legacy of leadership, love, and truth. Be bold. Don’t let cancel culture or naysayers intimidate you into silence. Speak up for the values that made this nation great and for the policies that have provided freedom for millions of people to flourish. When we do that, we can leave a positive generational legacy that will light the path to true freedom for the next generation.
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Thank you for tuning in today. If you are a regular listener, you may have noticed a little
disruption in my regular release schedule. There’s a reason for that. Some of you may know
that I have been overseeing care for my elderly mother for many years. This has been an honor,
privilege, and blessing. I am sad to say my mother recently passed away. Caring for her, holding
her hand as she took her last breath, and reflecting on her life (as well as my father’s life) has, of
course, brought many reflective and emotional moments, but also moments of insight as I
thought about what really matters in life.
If you are wondering how all this applies in a business and policy related podcast, please keep
Whether you are an employer, employee, a self-employed individual, or a student, you have
decisions to make regarding how you will live your life, conduct business, and care for your
family. We can talk about how to build a business, how to impact policy, how to protect
freedom and prosperity, but we all have a limited number of days. Eventually, we will die. We
have no control over when our last breath will occur, but we do have control over the choices
we make and the legacy we hope to leave.
My mom and dad were raised during the Great Depression. They were part of what is referred
to as the Greatest Generation. They talked of the war years, the economic hardships, the
rationing, the patriotism, the faith and unity of a nation that held together in challenging times.
My mom vividly recalled how, as a young girl, she helped to roll bandages to send overseas, and
how it seemed everyone in town came out to joyfully march in the streets when victory was
declared, and World War II ended. Dad could not serve in the military due to a health condition,
but he patriotically and proudly did all he could to help the war effort, whether through
gathering rubber, fixing machinery and vehicles, or simply helping to keep food on the table at
home as his two brothers served, and were later killed in the war.
The Greatest Generation is dwindling. They were a hardy lot; unafraid of hard work and
committed to God, family, and country. They helped to build this nation into the thriving
beacon of freedom that beckoned the world to join us in this great experiment – a government
of the people, by the people, and for the people.
My father’s 93rd birthday would have been this week, and my mother died two months shy of
her 93rd birthday. While I dedicate this episode to them, I also want to honor all those who
have gone before us, to those who started businesses, built families and communities, and
served and shared with others, whether at home, in business, politics, the military, or in other
walks of life. We can learn so much from them.
As I think on my mother’s life, I marvel at her resilience, tenacity, wisdom, faith, generosity, and
sense of humor. She was a mix between Lucille Ball, Bette White, and George Burns. (If you are
too young to know of those people, be sure to watch some of their videos. You’ll be glad you
did!) Her faith and love for God never wavered, and her love for her family and her country
remained strong to her dying day.
My dad was a rock. He loved God, his family, and his country – and he lived his life in such a
way that I never doubted that love. He worked hard, played hard, and taught me so much
about leadership and business. Not only that, he and my mom fell in love when they were
twelve years old…yes, when they were twelve! They had the sweetest love story, and as my dad
was at the end of his life, I am convinced he waited to take his last breath until I assured him
that I would be taking care of my mom. It was a powerful moment.
My dad’s business career spanned decades. He was a great and sought-after salesman, and he
was an entrepreneur who always had a new business idea up his sleeve. I learned so much from
him! I have often shared some of the lessons I learned while my family owned a small chain of
restaurants when I was young. I was managing restaurants before I graduated from high school,
and to say that was a great preparation for life is an understatement! I learned how to interact
with business partners, how to treat employees and customers, how to stay focused and afloat
during lean years, and how to lead with humility and respect for all.
We owned the restaurants over 40 years ago. My dad passed away over twenty years ago, and
my mom passed away just two weeks ago. I recently heard from several people who were
either employed by or were regular customers of our restaurants, and they all spoke of the love
and respect they had for my parents. They talked of things they had learned from my dad,
which helped them in their careers over decades. Whether they were a young teenager or an
adult, they knew my parents cared about them as individuals, so the lessons they taught were
This brings me back to you – the listener. How does all this apply to you?
We are all in positions of leadership, regardless of our employment status. How will you use
that opportunity? What kind of leader do you hope to be?
As I have mentioned often on this podcast, our country is in turmoil. The time-tested
Constitutional values upon which our nation was founded are being challenged and our liberties
are diminishing day by day. The values of the Greatest Generation, the values my parents held,
the priorities of God, family, and country are the values that have held this nation together since
its founding. The freedom of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – guaranteed under the
Constitution – are not just for those in “woke” corporations or educational institutions, they are
for all citizens of this great nation. We must not let anyone silence us – in our families, our
schools, or our workplaces.
Do not be afraid to share your values with your employees. Courage is contagious, and once
they understand you speak out of a desire to help them and to protect their freedoms now and
for the future, their respect for you will grow. Who knows? You may also be inspiring others to
lead courageously and with a servant’s heart.
I shared the story of my parents to honor them, but also to inspire us all to lead with integrity,
humility, and respect for others – whether they are a child, a teenager in their first job, a
seasoned executive or political leader, or an elderly person who needs a little extra reassurance
You may think the small things you do for your employees or others may not make a difference,
but I can guarantee you that you will have a lasting impact on those who know you truly care.
The examples you set as a parent, an employer, or simply as a citizen speak volumes to others.
If you are a business leader, will those you lead be calling your family forty years from now to
express their love and respect? Will the actions you take today help to preserve freedom for
the next generation? Business and public policy issues are important, but as mentioned, we all
will take our last breath one day. Will we use our time to grow in our relationship to God, to
serve others and make a positive difference in their lives, to boldly stand up for the principles of
truth, justice and liberty – or will we use our time to serve temporal gods of money, pleasure, or
You may have heard the saying, “Only one life, soon to pass, only what’s done for Christ will
last.” I encourage you to live boldly and with eternity in mind. Be unafraid to speak for truth.
Don’t let cancel culture or naysayers intimidate you into silence. Speak up for the values that
have made this nation great and for the policies that have provided freedom for millions of
True prosperity does not come from monetary gain. The true path to prosperity begins in your
heart. Love God, love others, and stand up for truth, freedom, and justice.
If we all commit to seeking true prosperity, the kind that starts within, then our generation can
also be a great generation, one that leaves a lasting legacy and positive impact for the future.