Author of A Lasting Legacy, Doug Hagedorn, Gives 7 Easy Ways to Make Your Life Count
FAIRVIEW, Texas, Feb. 5, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — If you are able to move to Monaco, where the average life expectancy is 90, or can retire to a beach mansion next week, more power to you! But most of us do not have the money or ability to achieve such fairytale goals. Most people desire to live a long, significant life; build a strong family tree; achieve financial freedom; and develop a secure plan for their future. Doug Hagedorn, founder of Future Foundation Builders and author of A Lasting Legacy, says, “We all have a legacy of unmet goals, broken relationships, and failures. Although your bank account, hairline, and waistline may be failing you, what matters is that you aggressively plan and act now to ensure that you live a life that matters. Life offers no curtain calls. This is your life, and now is the time to act.”
The prescription for a longer, more successful life might surprise you. And it might not be as hard as you think. Many studies (AARP, Harvard, The Blue Zones, Health Magazine) show that you can add years — maybe decades — to your life by acting in some key areas:
- Discover a greater sense of purpose in your life.
- Put family first.
- Find God, and be involved with faith-based activities.
- Share your life and time; develop close relationships, volunteer/serve.
- Develop written goals and plans to accomplish them.
- Make your marriage work.
A Future-Focused Life: Despite being the product of a divorce, undergoing heart surgery, and suffering massive debt, Hagedorn overcame to live a full, purposeful life. He shares his “living proof” successes and failures to guide his readers to develop a plan that leads to a rewarding “second half,” financial freedom, a thriving family, and an authentic faith.
Designing Your Future: We now live longer than ever before. Since 1900, life expectancy has risen from 47 to 78 years. But increased uncertainty, turmoil, and stress can make those extra years more a burden than a blessing — IF you don’t have a plan for your future, family, finances, and faith. Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else.” Most people do not experience peace, joy, and laughter because they don’t have a plan. We are so focused on the issues or the struggles of the day that we give little thought to a purposeful life or our “second half” legacy.
How to Retire Early and Live a Legacy Lifestyle: A Harvard study showed that the 3% of its graduates who had clear, written goals and plans to accomplish them earned ten times more money than the 84% who had no specific goals. Finding your purpose, setting goals, focusing on family, and reshaping life priorities is what Hagedorn describes as “living and leaving a lasting legacy.”
So What? We are all leaving a legacy. We all will be remembered for something. To maximize the God-given time you have left and to live a longer, more purposeful, happier life, you might start with the 7 items listed above. You can do it! It is time to hope and dream again, time to live and leave a rich, “no-regrets” lasting legacy.
A Lasting Legacy is an essential, comprehensive guide manual for LIFE! It is a smorgasbord of practical tools, worksheets, self-tests, and templates that offer a “solution buffet.” Readers said, “A life-changing book.” “Hopeful and helpful.” “An easy and delightful read.” “Practical, personal, and funny.”
- Bethany Christian Services Co-Founder Leaves Lasting Legacy (faithinspires.wordpress.com)
- Leave Behind More Than Just Memories: How to Build a Legacy (inc.com)