Leaving a Lasting Legacy: Embracing Safety with Honesty, Integrity, and Gratitude
Updated: Jul 19
In the realm of safety, there are two kinds of people: those who care and those who don't. If you're reading this, I believe I'm speaking to people who genuinely care about the safety of others. This message is for you, the safety professionals who strive to make a positive impact. Today, let's reflect on the legacy we want to leave behind and explore an inspiring book that offers valuable insights.
We often dedicate ourselves to creating a better world for our children, but do we extend the same thoughts to those we work with and support? Consider how we strive to leave a positive memory with our loved ones in our personal lives. Shouldn't we approach our professional efforts with the same intention?
Imagine if you had only six months left in your job. How would you go about creating the best safety culture, knowing that others will carry on after you're gone? Do you care enough about the people to ensure their well-being even when you're no longer there? I am confident that you do.
Recently, I finished reading a book called "The Last Lecture" by Professor Randy Pausch, a remarkable individual who faced a terminal illness with bravery. Professor Pausch was asked to share his wisdom and legacy in a lecture titled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams." I urge you to watch his lecture on YouTube and read his follow-up book, "The Last Lecture," co-authored with Jeffrey Zaslow.
In his book's introduction, Professor Pausch shares his desire to teach his children important life lessons despite his limited time. He embarked on a last lecture, recording his thoughts and experiences for his children's future. The book captures his teachings on joy, honesty, integrity, and gratitude, emphasizing the significance of these virtues in our lives.
Reflecting on honesty, integrity, and gratitude, consider the positive legacy you can leave with your safety culture. It's not just about improving organizational metrics; it's about safeguarding people wherever they are, allowing them to strengthen their own personal legacies.
Honesty, integrity, and gratitude are powerful virtues. Let's embrace these qualities as we shape our safety cultures. The goal is not only to protect individuals but also to create a positive and memorable experience for everyone involved.
As safety professionals, we have the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy by prioritizing safety and fostering a positive culture. Let's take inspiration from Professor Randy Pausch's teachings and embrace the virtues of honesty, integrity, and gratitude. Remember, our goal is not just to improve organizational safety metrics but to protect individuals and contribute to their personal legacies.