Allow me to begin by asking you two questions: What if today was your last day? How important is it to you to have your affairs in order? This book will be a framework for you to follow in order to put in writing all of your wishes, thoughts, and directions in preparation for your retirement and subsequent death. This book will ensure that the legacy you leave will have a purpose and a clear meaning to those you love.
The questions above are probably questions you don’t often hear. However, they are questions that everyone should be asked. It is paramount of every one of us to be financially prepared and ready for any unexpected future event. You may be asking yourself, “What exactly does it mean to be prepared?” According to Webster’s Dictionary, to prepare means to “fit, adapt, or qualify for a particular purpose or condition; to make ready”. Are you ready?
In the world of business celebrity, the greats whose names spark reactions of admiration, shock, and awe are names such as: Rockefeller, DuPont, Gates, and Jobs. These entrepreneurs are undoubtedly the most widely recognized and spoken of when mentioning financial genius, financial readiness, and overall success.
It would be amiss of me to write a book about financial readiness, however, without first bringing up quite possibly the most important word to understand when it comes to being financially ready. That word is legacy. Legacy, by definition, is a gift by will especially of money or other personal property; something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor, or from the past. Legacy, I believe, extends to more than financial, but also educational. It is a legacy of insight, knowledge, psychology, attitude, and life choices.
The catalyst for the question I first asked stems from a desire and goal for generations coming behind us to have something to remember us by; something that will be a benefit to them and their lives. However, to leave a legacy, you must first be willing to think beyond yourself; to want to give a gift to your loved ones that they will be able to reap many blessings from long after you have passed away.