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Have you been leaving footprints?

2013-03-10 15:48 (comments: 0)

My clients are usually between 30 and 55 years old. The younger ones are interested in development, career planning and in a better understanding of themselves and their environment. The clients between 45 and 60 ask themselves what meaningful contribution can they make or are willing to make.  They want to leave footprints which will go beyond their own „front yard“ and they want to enrich other people’s lives and contribute to bigger ideas.

We all desire inspiration and as we grow older, we also want to leave something meaningful behind.

Success and its material manifestations, such as money, usually satisfy us only briefly and only superficially. Only improving someone’s life or making a meaningful contribution which has a far-reaching impact can guarantee a genuine feeling of achievement.

In the working life this wish for a meaningful contribution is often manifested in mentoring, where the older and more experience professionals guide and support the younger ones.

Other people make their contribution by offering their time or know-how for charity projects dealing with nature protection, equal rights or integration. Others volunteer to do administrative tasks for clubs, or join cultural committees.

And how about you? You might have been through difficult life situations and you might have gained experience or insight which you could offer to help other people deal with their life emergencies.

The list of possibilities is long and it is up to an individual choice how we want to make our contribution. The only common denominator for all the people who want to leave their footprints is the feeling of fulfillment.

So how have you improved other people’s lives recently? Where have you made a significant contribution of which you are particularly proud of?

This could have been an inspiring talk with a friend or a project which wasn’t designed to benefit you alone but rather to help the others.

Give your life more meaning by supporting the others and enjoy the feeling of fulfillment and achievement.

Leave your footprints!



What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division; every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis.


W. Edwards Deming


Your sole contribution to the sum of things is yourself.


Frank Crane


The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day.


M. Grundler

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