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The Tombstone Test: What Legacy Will You Leave?

The Tombstone Test

Have you ever stopped and thought about what you want to be remembered for when you die? What do you want someone to stand up and say about you at your funeral? What do you want your obituary to say? What do you want your tombstone to say?

“They say such nice things about people at funerals that it makes me sad I am going to miss mine by just a few days.” –Garrison Keillor

The Tombstone Test: What Legacy Will You Leave?

If you have been to a leadership retreat or read many personal development books, you may have heard of some variants of this test. The tombstone test typically consists of only two questions. It is extremely simple, yet can have a profound impact on your life if you take it seriously. Sometimes what do you want your obituary or the people at your funeral to say is used in place of a tombstone, but the implication is the same. Here is the test.

  1. What do you want your tombstone to say?
  2. Are the actions you are taking today in line with the legacy you want to leave?
Are You Focused on the Right Things?

Spend some time answering these two questions and you may just find yourself changing your life. If you are struggling to find balance in your life to bring your actions in line with the legacy you want to leave, take the next step by filling out our balance workbook by clicking here and optionally reviewing it with a life coach.

I had a friend pass some time ago, and his funeral and the legacy he left is very close to what I want mine to be. His funeral was a loving tribute from his daughters and people whose lives he had touched. You can read more about what I learned from Leighton in the article “3 Lessons About Life I Learned from Leighton“.

What Legacy Will You Leave?

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Don Smith

Don Smith is a former bank director, general manager, and a business coach. Happily married with five children, he lives in Springfield, Illinois. To work with Don, please click here.

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