Love this, and the resonance it has with those involved in a family business. Obviously, for may owners legacy is really important and for the founders of a family business creating a sustainable legacy is often something that is real and desired.
As family firms continue through the generations, there is often a pressure on individuals to take it on, to act as a steward for the next generation, and in some instances there can be resentment too.
The question of epitaph, what you want to be remembered for, then comes to the fore and often has not really been honestly thought about.
Considering the epitaph question can lead to life changing events, new direction and energy but most important of all, it means you have a chance to be remembered for what you want to be known for.
Totally food for thought!
Early in life, reflecting about our epitaph is not something that is top of our minds. But as we get older, thinking about the kind of obituary or epitaph we would like to leave becomes more prominent. We begin to realise the importance of living on in the hearts of the people we leave behind. In my experience, the epitaph question is a very enlightening way to obtain a long-term perspective on an individual’s life – to zoom in on what is most important. It pushes you to think about the kind of person you would like to be. By forcing yourself to focus on the big questions, you may obtain greater clarity about what really matters in your life. What would you like people to remember you by?