7 Things I’m Learning About Family Legacy

7 Things I’m Learning About Family Legacy

by Bill High

When I left the law firm back in 2000, I could not have imagined the twists and turns I’d take when I helped start The Signatry. For sure, I knew that I’d be engaged in helping people live generous lives. But I could not have foreseen how much that would involve the family dynamics.

I’ve had the unique opportunity to dig deep with families and help them delve into the idea of multi-generational family. Here are seven observations:

  1. The greatest family legacies are built upon a foundation of values—a set of beliefs—that transcend the family. They live for a cause greater than themselves. Take a practical step to state your family’s values by downloading my Identifying Your Family’s Values guide.
  2. It is difficult, if not impossible, to build an enduring family legacy without a spiritual component.
  3. The great families are a mixture of challenge—they push each other to make each other better—and compassion—they have a deep and abiding care for one another.
  4. They look back. They continue to revisit and tell the stories that got them where they are. The good stories and the painful ones deserve equal footing. (Here are some ideas for uncovering family stories.)
  5. The greatest wealth is never in money. It’s about individual family members achieving their God-given potential and still remaining connected to the large family dynamic.
  6. Generosity is an essential mark. They are grateful for the blessings they have received and in turn want to make the lives of others better as well. And they talk about being generous as a family. It becomes a training ground for teaching values. Learn more on practicing generosity together with my guide on Giving As A Family. 
  7. Fellowship is part of their DNA. They come together at regular intervals to celebrate the activity of God in their family and to celebrate one another.



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Published June 29, 2017

Topics: Family Legacy

Family LegacyFamily StoriesGenerosity

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  1. I am so thankful for you. My father passed in 2017, a wonderful, caring good person and mentor. My mother totally had such a great hate for in her she did not want to hold a funeral for him, which I did and went on to try and ruin his legacy everywhere. Needless to say she threw me away and told me i am as dead as him to her, we deserve each other. I am also now in the process of writing his legacy for my children, the truth. Started a website to cherish his life – he deserves the honor and respect he lived as an example every day.
    I know what I am doing is my calling, knowing that my strong belief in legacy is shared makes the creative process so much easier .
    Thank you

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