Do you want history to remember you? I believe that deep down we all have that desire. We truly do want to change the world and we want to be remembered. We want to leave a legacy and to “put a dent in the universe,” as Steve Jobs so famously said when he started Apple. What does being a history maker look like? This:

Photo of Nelson Mandela and Child Pose
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This is one of the most powerful pictures I have ever seen.

It’s of a man who changed the world.

It’s of a man who will be remembered throughout history. Who left a dent in the universe.

It’s of a child who believes that he can too. This child will be Mandela’s legacy.

Who will be your legacy?

If you look closely, between Mandela’s arm and the child’s, is what you want others to say about you one day:

Tata (Mandela’s nickname in South Africa meaning “father”), we belong to you and we will be your Legacy.

Who will be your legacy? Whose life will you change?

It can be your children. It can be your nieces and nephews. It can be your students. It can be millions of people you’ve never met.

That is the power you have inside of you. World changing power. History making power.

That is the power you probably forgot you have. It was beaten out of you, stolen from you, or hidden under layers of “play it safe.” It’s been trampled on by haters, steered off track by critics, and lost in the daily grind.

It’s time to find that power again. It’s still there. It may be hidden, stolen, scarred, weakened, or even lost, but it is still there. It’s always been there.

You are essential to this world (or else, why would you be here?) You are essential to more people than you’ve ever known or imagined.

My name is Matt McWilliams and I am a World Changer (just like you).

Have you ever thought of yourself as a world-changer? 

Have you ever truly believed that you are essential to this world?

Have you ever acknowledged the incredible power with which you were born?

What is stopping you?

P.S. Stay tuned tomorrow for an exciting announcement!

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21 thoughts on “Who Else Wants to Leave a Legacy Like This? Powerful Photo of Mandela

  1. Let's Grow Leaders says:

    Beautiful. We are all leaving a legacy, some are just go about it more deliberately than others. We will all be remembered for something. It’s so important that we make that be something worthwhile.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      Good point. Somebody, somewhere will remember something about us. It’s mostly up to us what that is.

  2. Steve Pate says:

    YES!!!!!!!!! to the first three questions. Even though my mom was 17 when I was born, I do know I’m here to build a great legacy and shake the tree!!! Great audio post Matt!!

  3. Lily Kreitinger says:

    What was stopping me? Fear, self-doubt, a distorted belief system and a very complicated network of relationship patterns that were ingrained in me pretty much my whole life. I’m working on cleaning all that up and watch out world, here I come!!

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      Love that!

      Sounds like you’ve left those fears, beliefs, and bad relationships behind.

  4. Mark Sieverkropp says:

    Love this Matt! I’m learning to think this way. It’s a process, but it’s exciting!!
    Thanks do much for “carrying this flag” of world changers!!

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      Very cool Ron!

      Something similar has been on my mind lately and it’s why I write so many letters to our daughter. Spoken words are powerful but written/recorded last a lot longer 🙂

      1. My book, “How to Record Your Family History” would be a good resource. How about i send you a complimentary copy (pdf) then you can blog about it should you think it worthy. Interested? recordyourfamilyhistory.com

  5. Jon Stolpe says:

    My trip to Guatemala two years ago was a leap of faith experience. This trip gave me a new perspective on what is possible. I am a world-changer! I can be catalyst for change in a small village in Guatemala. I dream of building 100 homes in this small community. I built one in 2012. I will build two this summer. Only 97 more to go!

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      Wow. Within months you will have built 3 homes for people who need homes. That is pretty cool Jon!

      1. Jon Stolpe says:

        Yep. I can hardly wait. Maybe one of these days I’ll take a group of bloggers with me to knock out a couple more houses. What do you think?

  6. I am a world changer! But sometimes I don’t believe that. Those times we need to put on a cape, just like we did as kids and go change the world anyway. Hmm, wonder where my cape went?

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      Your cape is like my wedding ring…I usually take it off to wash my hands but sometimes I forget. Inevitable after I wash my hands, I look for it. Then I panic.

      Then I realize it’s right there on my finger.

      Or the reading glasses that my mom always has on her head but can’t find.

      It’s just like that. (Seriously)

  7. I’ve never really thought of myself in that way, but I’m starting to realize my life has a bigger purpose than I ever dreamed. It’s all in God’s hands. May He receive all glory.

    1. Dan Black says:

      That’s great TC Avey! Each one of us can make a huge impact for the Kingdom if we allow God to use us. Keep doing great work.

  8. Dan Black says:

    If we strive to be a “world-changer” at the very least we will positively influence, help, and add value to those around us. It’s a good goal to have! Great post!

    1. Dan Black says:

      Great perspective Dan!!! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on the post.

      1. Dan Black says:

        Your welcome, glad to join the discussion.

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