The Girl Who Gave Her Wish Away – 4 Keys to Leaving a Personal Legacy

I cannot imagine much more personal tragedy than to watch your husband slowly die of ALS and have your daughter ravaged by cancer, but that is Sharon Babineau’s story. In her page-turning book, The Girl Who Gave Her Wish Away, you walk with the family as this sad journey turns to one of inspiration and insight.

On this weeks Your Life, Unlimited radio show Sharon shares her story and Tiana Northage gives a compelling example of  the trendy ‘Spoken Word’ in her winning (and moving) Poetry Slam entry entitled Daddy. At only 17 year old,  I predict this girl will be one to watch in the years to come!

Listen to the entire show here: Your Life, Unlimited with Stephanie Staples, Sharon Babineau and Tiana Northage

Check out Sharon’s website for more information about her work and enjoy her guest blog post.

Four Keys to Living a Powerful Personal Legacy

#1. Know Your Life Matters

Our legacy is not about the “stuff” we leave behind; it’s more about how we lived our lives. Making a difference in someone’s life will far outlast any possession we could possibly leave behind for a loved one. That’s a powerful personal legacy. That’s what true living is all about.

#2. Live it Before you Leave It

With a personal legacy the reality is you have to live it first before you can leave it. You have the power to create the kind of life you want to be remembered by; don’t live by default. You have to take the actions that impact and inspire others. Live on purpose, lead by example.

How can you live a powerful personal legacy? Knowing what your life purpose is will simplify how you live your life, bringing clarity to what you want and don’t want in your life.

#3. It is Never Too Late to be Great

Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
What is your gift? What can you do for others? What are the lessons that you learned through your trials and tribulations, successes and triumphs that you can use to help others? No matter how old or young you are, it is never too late. Act now.

#4. How to Take Action and Follow Your Path

Robin Sharma in his book “The Saint, The Surfer and The CEO” said,
“If you had one year to live, you’d make certain that you lived without regrets; you’d take chances; you’d risk opening your heart to love; you’d live with total passion, great gusto, and a lovely focus on the worthy.”

The first thing in the action steps along your path is to sit quietly and listen to your inner voice and heart to find your purpose. Write it all down.

Things to help the earth Things for others Things for yourself Things for the world

At the end of your life – three questions will come to you:
Did I live wisely? Did I love well? Did I serve greatly?

How will you answer those questions?

That will be your personal legacy.

You can listen to the entire  podcast here: Your Life, Unlimited with Stephanie Staples, Sharon Babineau and Tiana Northage

Enjoy, Steph  🙂


Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success and an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker. She empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at

* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.



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