One of my favorite passions is reading books. The old fashioned kind that you hold in your hands and turn the pages with your fingers. The kind that need bookmarks.

One of the most intriguing of my latest reads is by Bronnie Ware, an Australian hospice nurse. She booksspends her work time caring for those who are dying. During her duties she realized many of her patient’s reminisce while receiving care. She listened intently. Then she wrote a short book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.”

At the very top of her list is “I’d wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” It struck a chord with me because during my career I’ve worked with individuals establishing their personal legacy by funding an endowment. In most of those cases, the donor fulfilled somewhat of a lifelong dream, a dream they carried for many years until the day they sat down and carved out their legacy. Their inner passions flowed as they described the motivation behind creating the endowment, a permanent, lasting legacy to something precious they valued. Some spoke to fulfilling a commitment they made to themselves years in the past. A few felt the weight of promises made in the past lifted off their shoulders now that they had fulfilled their dream.

Is there an inner dream you have that you want to craft into your legacy? Find the courage today to fulfill your dream!