A Closing Time Legacy

More Than a Gold Watch

Some people look forward to retirement—the gold watch, playing golf, or watching it on TV. But what will people say about our lives when we leave work for the last time? Doug McMillon, the President and CEO of Walmart, hopes that a focus on the "end" can transform the "now." In this video from the WorkMatters FUSE Forum, Doug shares how looking to the future impacts the present.

The legacy we leave grows out of our decisions today. We can't scrap together a lasting, godly legacy by pulling an all-nighter right before our farewell party at the office. Doug explained how he intentionally works to be a good father, husband, and follower of Jesus each day. Knowing he'll one day retire motivates him to live faithfully in the present. 

What kind of legacy do you want to have? What would you like the people you work with to say about you when you leave?
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What things are important to you? What do you want to accomplish? Why?
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Doug also highlighted the steps he's taking to prepare Walmart to meet the future after he leaves. Are you preparing your fellow coworkers or your business for the future? If so, how? If not, why not?
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What can you do this week to use a "this will one day end" focus to hone your work in the present?
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All things—even good things—come to an end.  Keeping the oncoming future in mind can help us focus on what's important in the present. As you go through your work week, remember the legacy you want to leave, and start building it now. 

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