EPISODE TITLE: Literary Legacy Lady
Welcome to the Legacy Living Today podcast! I'm Dawn and I am so excited to have you join me here today. Together we can explore ways in which we can intentionally choose to break free from the tyranny of the urgent and apathy of the everyday. Let's decide to live legacy every day -- one day at a time!
This week's topic:
Children's book author, Beverly Cleary, recently passed away at 104 leaving an enormous impact from the many beloved children's books that she authored in her lifetime.
See if you remember any of these:
Beezus and Ramona
Ramona Quimby, age 8
Henry and Ribsy
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Drop a comment if you remember any of these from growing up or even with your own kids, as they are still great reads even today.
Throughout my homeschooling years Beverly Cleary books were a staple on recommended reading lists. They crossed over between overtly Christian as well as secular curriculum and had high interest topics for resistant readers.
Listening to a recorded interview I learned about how she had had a previous career as a librarian and started writing children's books (a buried dream) after being asked where the books about "kids like us" were. Beverly had grown up as a Presbyterian and married a Catholic man. Her books were not overtly Christian or faith-based, but were books that children could identify with (adults, too!) as they touched on issues and emotions common to the human experience -- universal issues that the children could identify with. How marvelous when a child can read or listen to a story and recognize that he or she isn't the only one who feels like this, or who has this or that problem! And what a great way to open doors to literacy and literature for so many. Beverly Cleary was certainly a Legacy Lady in the tremendous impact she left on the world and the standard she set for children's literature.
I don't know how much wealth Mrs. Cleary accumulated over the course of her life and publishing career or how it was managed, but the tremendous amount of books published and sold had to have brought in a sizable sum.
The Bible teaches us:
“To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29 NLT
A legacy income is one that keeps coming in after the bulk of the work is done -- a residual income. There are different types that you may be familiar with. Investments in real estate that increases in value over time is something we can all recognize, even if we aren't real estate investors ourselves. Another type is something like books or other assets that can be sold over and over again. Of course physical books must be printed multiple times, but the writing and formatting is done with the first book and used over and over. Other assets that can be produced once and continue to increase in value or can be resold can be useful to build a legacy income. That's not to say there isn't ANY more work or management to be done or that there's zero risk involved, but a building a legacy income is one way to build a legacy for your family and heirs.
Are you interested in learning more about how you can build a legacy income for your family? I've put together a free resource, First Steps to Building a Legacy Income that can give you some ideas to get started. You might even share them with your older kids so that they can get started building their own legacy income. Like planting a tree, the best time to plant/grow a legacy income might have been 20 years ago, but since we can't go backward, the best time today is now.
Get the free resource to (1) learn more about the benefits of building a Legacy Income and (2) get some ideas on how you can get started that you may not have thought of. (3) Give yourself and/or your children a bigger view of how to build a legacy, and fund it with a legacy income.
Get your free resource, First Steps to Building a Legacy Income, with the More from Dawn link in the podcast episode description or on the Legacy Living blog post for this episode when you click on that the link.
The sooner you plant that tree, the sooner it'll grow into a tall shade tree; the sooner you begin to build your legacy income, the sooner the residual income will be available if you are consistent in the building phase.
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