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Life goals to leave a legacy!
September 01, 2022

What legacy goals do you have?

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100 Goals Club is a complimentary newsletter that specializes in helping you plan your life goals in 10 important areas.

1. Personal Development

2. Health and Fitness

3. Family and Friends

4. Hobbies and Passions

5. Financial

6. Career

7. Adventure

8. Travel

9. Lifestyle

10. Leaving a Legacy / Giving Back

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Quotes on giving back and legacy!

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” – Shannon L. Alder

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” – Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

“If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.” – Maya Angelou

“That is your legacy on this earth when you leave this earth: how many hearts you touched.” – Patti Davis

“Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.” – Anonymous

“Live, laugh, leave a legacy.” – Stephen R. Covey

These inspiring quotes courtesy of the site "the strive . co"

Why Giving Back and Legacy Goals?

How to leave a legacy is something you might start to think about as you grow in age. As you live and gain wisdom and experience from achieving your life goals, many of you will start thinking about what you can do to leave the world a better place for your children and your children’s children.

It’s great to develop and live the good life as outlined in the prior 90 life goals at the 100 Goals Club, but these next 10 goals look to something you can do to create a lasting impact—something tangible to leave your next generation—as simple as a journal of how you lived your life, or philanthropy money that you donate to helps others in your community.

These life goals are very personal and need to be uniquely tailored to represent the way you've lived your life or plan on living your life. For some, its about the legacy you will pass down to your children. For others, you wish to make an enormous impact.

Think about all the people you truly respect in your life and the legacy that they've already created for themselves. This often gets amplified when we pass on. Some people's legacy is not truly understood or even developed until they've passed. Regardless, give some thought to the way you wish to be remembered when you're gone on how to leave a legacy.

10 Giving/Legacy Goals

The following 10 life goals have been hand crafted from a life time of reading books and thinking reflectively about what is important in life. For some of you, these goals will be a priority early in your life and continued throughout your family raising years. For others, they'll become the focus once retirement nears or has occurred. It's your life, decide now if these life goals will be a focus for you now or downstream in your life. How to leave a legacy and give back is captured in these 10 life goals:

91 - Keep a life journal - Imagine future generations reading your hand written journals with your thoughts, plans, life events and accomplishments.

92 - Make a difference in the world - While we live our life, why not see how much of a difference we can make to our local communities and beyond.

93 - Donate to charities - Charities rely on the goodness of people's generosity to do good work for your local communities and people. Decide who will be the beneficiary of your donations and the amount you can / will give each year.

94 - Volunteer in your community - Some charitable organizations need your volunteer help even more than financial contributions. If you have the time, volunteer for something that you believe in.

95 - Trace your ancestry - I personally hit the jackpot last week with this goal. See below in "personal reflection" for more details!

96 - Prepare your will - This is an important goal for Kathy and I to complete (major update) this year. Even though we are still young, who knows what can happen. If you have children, it's probably a good time to prepare one now.

97 - Write a book - The reason you are reading this newsletter is because of my original goal at age 30 to write a book. In 2018, I published the 100 Life Goals book which became the motivation to launch

Think about the benefits of writing a book on something you are passionate about and how it could change other people's lives along with your own.

To purchase my book, go to:

98 - Write/document your life story - Writing your story not only allows you to think deeply about your life, but will serve as an amazing history to pass down to future generations. For Kathy and I, much of our life story is captured within the 100goalsclub site.

99 - Become a philanthropist - Imagine having enough money towards the last chapters of your life to be able to significantly help worthy organizations and people with a significant financial gift. We are planning to do this as part of Goal # 99. If our investments in Tesla (TSLA) stock achieve the expected returns over the next 10-20 years, we'll be right on track!

100 - Leave a money inheritance - This goal is about helping your children and family upon your passing, to make their life a bit easier financially. I'm sure they'll appreciate it!

To visit the 100 Goals Site to explore these life goals in more detail, visit:

Simple ideas on how an average person can make a difference in the world

The following is a list of simple ideas on how you can make a difference in the world and how to leave a legacy . . .

- Find a mission you care about and pour your heart and soul into it

- Be the example of what you wish to see in the world

- Respect everyone you meet, regardless of their social status, age, race etc.

- Be positive and optimistic with everyone you meet and encounter

- Smile

- Love

- Start really listening to people around you . . . be an active listener

- Volunteer regularly

- Donate blood

- Donate clothing and things you no longer need

- Provide encouragement to everyone you can

A great life strategy is to write your epitaph now before you pass on. What would you like to be remembered for??

From the list above of 10 recommended Life Goals related to Giving Back and Leaving a Legacy, which of these goals resonate the most and inspire you to create a legacy you and your family will be remembered for and be proud of?

Adopt, modify or change these 10 life goals to make them your own.


Some personal reflection . . .

Last week we attended a family reunion in a small northern Ontario mining town 7 1/2 hours away. My mother was raised in Kirkland Lake and we attended a memorial service for my mother's cousin who passed away during the pandemic in 2021. He was a NHL hockey player with a massive legacy and local hall of fame legend.

In preparing for the memorial service, we were sent a spreadsheet with a list of names of people who would be attending. It was difficult for me to understand the relationship of all these people so I downloaded a free family tree maker from and starting adding their names to the database. Before long, I had a good family tree and was feeling much more connected to the people I was about to meet, many for the first time.

JACKPOT - I was introduced to my 2nd cousin who I've never met before just one year older than me. About 20 years prior, he did a full ancestry / family tree tracing our family roots back through Finland (my mother's parents were born in Finland), going back 8 generations into the 1600 and 1700's. Just today, he sent me a fully documented and traced family genealogy with more than 40 pages of information. This "gift" has literally saved me tens (and possibly hundreds) of hours of work in completing my Goal # 95 of documenting my family ancestry. More importantly, I met a 2nd cousin along with his brother, sister and step-mother whom we will stay in contact with for the rest of our life.

In retrospect, I wish I would have started this life goal # 95 to trace my ancestry 20 years ago when I was his age (~40). Once you see the family connections to your blood relatives, you develop a deeper sense of your extended family and will be more likely to reach out and meet more of the people in your family tree. It is the older generation of course that knows the most about your family tree and the connections to grand parents, great grand parents, great great grandparents and so on!

I find that attending a funeral or memorial service makes me reflect more about the life I'm living and the difference one can make.

In addition to spending quality time together driving to this reunion (with my wife Kathy, my mother and sister), I feel like I truly connected with this important goal category of giving back and leaving a legacy!

Goal Achievement Tip

The number one thing you can do to stay focused (or get focused) on goal achievement is to read personal development (self-help) books.

I just celebrated my 59th birthday and received an Indigo gift card. The very next day, I was at the book store purchasing two new books:

101 SIMPLE TRUTHS FOR A BETTER LIFE - by Humble the Poet. A former elementary school teacher, creative and performance artist, Humble uses his art to build a connection with the world of lifelong learners, and those seeking to strengthen their own self-awareness and personal growth.

ATOMIC HABITS - By James Clear - An easy & proven way to build good habits and break bad ones, with over 4M copies sold. Discover the secret to results that last. Packed with evidence - based self-improvement strategies, Atomic Habits will teach you how to design habits that work for you rather than against you.

I have NOT read these books yet but I feel inspired in just looking at and summarizing these books covers (LOL). Standby for future summaries on what I learn from these books after reading them!

The reason that GOAL # 1 is to "Read Self-Help Books" is that it is essential to develop the proper mindset to be successful in setting and achieving YOUR GOALS. Build your life with intent instead of just letting life unfold and hoping for the best. There is so much negativity in the media and around you that reading a book from someone successful who has thought a-lot about what worked and their own self development, will help significantly in your own life.

Next newsletter . . .

My next newsletter will be on November 15th where I will focus on TRAVEL Goals, the last off the 10 life goal categories I'll be covering this year.

Brian Klodt founder of the 100 Goals Club


P.S. Reach out to the older generation of your family (ies) in your life and ask them for any work they've already done in researching your family tree!

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