What will you do if you picked up a local newspaper to read about happenings in your locality and stumbled on your own obituary? I can hear you say, ‘God forbid’. That was the situation Alfred found himself in. He is the main inventor of Dynamite, Gelignite, Ballistite and made a fortune from them.
In 1888 Alfred who is a Swedish scientist pick up a newspaper to read and saw his own obituary. The death of his brother Ludvig caused several newspapers to publish obituaries of Alfred in error. A French obituary stated, “Le Marchand de la mort est mort”(“The merchant of death is dead”). It went on to describe that his legacy was one of inventing something that helped people kill each other. He was shaken to the core by this appraisal of his life, and he vowed then and there that he would change his legacy with whatever time he had left.
He began to use his wealth to change lives in a bid to free his conscience and leave a legacy different from being called the merchant of death. 8 years after the publication of his obituary he died leaving 9million dollars to start a fund to reward people who helped humanity, and that’s why you don’t know that Alfred Nobel was the inventor of dynamite because that’s not really his legacy. His legacy is he was the founder of THE NOBEL PRIZES.
What legacy are you going to leave on earth? You have one precious life to use your God-given talent to make a change on earth. The grave is said to be a fertile place filled with talents that experienced stillbirth. The death of people with 98% of untapped talents. Are you making a conscious effort today to maximize your potential? Are you doing something now that will last not just 2 years or 20 years but something that will outlive you? Don’t wait for an error before you change like Alfred Nobel. Start the journey into creating an explosive legacy now.