Living a Legendary Life … October 11th, 2020

Jonathan wrote the book, “Living a Legendary Life,” several years ago, but I find myself thinking about it a lot of late.

With our very democracy at risk and a worldwide pandemic threatening the globe, perhaps now, more than ever, it is time to set aside foolish dreams of fame and fortune and instead focus on changing the three square feet we can influence, starting with ourselves.

Then, if being our best selves happens to end with us being famous and fortunate, perhaps we will be better equipped to use that state to make the world a better place.   

–J Clazzy, ed.

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LIVING A LEGENDARY LIFE

Introduction

“Everybody gets fifteen minutes of fame.”

A seemingly clever, harmless phrase, at best encouraging the masses to aspire to greatness and at worst, promoting cynicism.

There’s nothing wrong with buying ten lottery tickets a week, hoping to become the new millionaire. It’s just fine to sign up with Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes, dreaming of the knock on the door.  And it’s okay to clip coupons, squirreling away your savings for that trip around the world.

After all, isn’t this part of the American dream—that every boy or girl can grow up to be President of the United States? Anybody can end up wealthy.

What’s the harm?

But consider this one point—while pursuing the dream, it’s easy to lose the value of the waking hours. While stashing money and seeking fame, moments pass. Maybe even days, weeks, months, and years. And what we already possess is underrated and the power in our life is untapped.

Because of course, it’s a farce—the supposition that everybody gets fifteen minutes of fame. Even with the aid of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Most human beings will remain in obscurity, not known by more than two or three thousand people throughout their lifespan.

This is the truth.

There is an old saying that the truth will make you free. But free to do what?  Or perhaps, free to be what?

To lead effective lives, we must free ourselves from lies trapping us in false goals, leading down paths to nowhere.

After all, what is so horrible about obscurity?

What is so wrong with being loved by a few people instead of hearing the screaming adulation of the faceless masses?

Someone needs to sit down and tell every man, woman and child, “Hey!  You’re not going to be famous! But you can be legendary.”

For after all, there are many people throughout history who gained fame, but left nothing of quality behind—no meaningful legacy.

A legendary life.

A decision to take our life and stay alert and practical—as if it were the only life we will ever have.

For after all, it is.

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