This was interesting, but not particularly relevant to my life. But he quickly brought his message down to a personal level. At the end of our lives, most people can be summed up in one sentence. What do you want your "legacy statement" to be? Write it now--define the message yourself--and "live into it."
Before anxiety broke out across the room, Joseph explained that your legacy statement doesn't have to be anything particularly grand. It can be something as simple as the message he and his wife crafted for their family, which had to do with living honestly and with commitment to each other. The point is to spend some time thinking about what you want your message to be and keep it in the forefront as you move through life.
Joseph was an incredible speaker -- funny, engaging and honest. You can get a sense of his (corporate) talks by exploring his website here.
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Denise grew up with a father who was a sculptor. They lived in artist colonies and on college campuses. The creative process was always a part of her life.
|Dorrit, Janice & John at Chalk Festival|
She founded the Chalk Festival as a way to make viewers "an essential part of fine art." The event features traditional pavement artists and 3D pavement artists from around the world. (The megaladon shark from two years ago still graces the Venice Airport runway. Unlike the other artwork, the signature 3D art designed by Kurt Wenner is done with paint that will endure.) One of the fun things about the day is that many of the artists are there and happy to chat with you about their work. Seriously, if there's one event all year that you make an effort to attend, this should be it. Click here to get to their website.
And so I end my reveries about TEDxSarasota -- at least for purposes of this blog. It was a thought-provoking and fun event, and I'm already looking forward to next year. In the meantime, you can view videos of previous TEDxSarasota talks by going to YouTube and typing in "TEDxSarasota." This year's talks should be online by the end of the month. It's the next best thing to having been there.