The definition of legacy is anything handed down from the past, an ancestor or a predecessor. It can be money. It can be property. But it can also be knowledge or a message about life. George will have the honor of being a part of all these aspects when it comes to leaving behind a legacy. Although he is far from gone (of course, he has much more to do with the years he has left), he was recently given an award of honor which inspired him to focus on the idea of legacy in this, his latest blog.
Children at a young age don’t really know what they want to become when they’re older. However, it’s certain that some of the images below come to some of their minds when they think of how they’d like to be remembered!
When we see our children begin to develop a passion for one area in life, this is the time for us to focus and help them to achieve their goals in that area. Sometimes it may not be exactly what we want from them. Sometimes it might sound downright outrageous. But passion is the key to seeing anything come to fruition. It’s up to us to nurture their desires (yes, it’d be safe to say we can leave Hitman or Interstellar Soldier out of the picture) and help them to learn all they need to, in order for them to become their best in their chosen field.
Doing this from an early, conscious, age will allow them to gather so much knowledge on the subject, that one day they could well become a master in their field and, in turn, leave behind them a legacy for others to follow and grow from.
With that concept in mind, George was recently given an award of honor at a very prestigious function in Los Angeles in front of over six-hundred influential members of society. Not many others deserve this award more than him and those who chose to create Ad Relief, formally known as the Advertising Industry Emergency Fund. George co-founded the organization along with Dennis Holt in 1972, and this charitable organization still exists in Los Angeles more than forty-four years after its inception.
After leaving KABC in 1996, George continued to keep in touch with the growing efforts of Ad Relief. To date it has helped hundreds of professionals in the advertising industry who have found themselves unable to work due to an unforeseen accident, disability, or other adverse incident.
On Friday, 11th November, 2016, George drove to Los Angeles where he was honored along with other presidents who followed him in leading this wonderful charitable organization.
Here’s George’s take on how that day left him feeling.
“I was very touched by the support and praise coming from six-hundred young and old friends who came to the Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles. I co-founded the organization with a leader in the Ad business, Dennis Holt. It was 1972 when we started The Advertising Industry Emergency Fund - AIEF. The name was then changed to Ad Relief. Millions of dollars have been given to advertising people who have become ill or disabled. It felt good being honored along with twenty-five to thirty other past presidents who were also standing on the stage in the Hotel Ballroom. These memories will last for my lifetime.
Every moment I’ve spent with the foundation has been worth it, and if it weren’t for my passion for what I did when I was younger, I would not have had the privilege of being able to stand on that stage last Friday.”
So, a note to kids and parents is; if you’re good at something, go for it. You may become a master sooner than you think. And when you do, don’t forget that you, too, will have something to leave behind for others to benefit from, whether it be your personal knowledge, skills, money, property… whatever you want to leave with others, you can. When you take a look back at what you’ve done when you get to George’s age, there’ll be no greater feeling than knowing you did not do it only for yourself, you did it for the benefit of others, too. And that can make you a legend leaving behind a legacy.
In conclusion, remember this - leaders are only as great as the message they leave behind.
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