The older I get, the more sense this makes to me.
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
This Charlie Munger quote, which was sent to me via @Maven_Insights, also helps and, in some way, says the same thing to me.
“You’ll be happier if you reduce your expectations than if you try and satisfy them. It sounds silly, but it’s so obvious. Many of us are fairly content with pretty moderate success. That is worth knowing, because that’s what most of us are going to get.” – Charlie Munger
Here’s the last one from Richard Branson.
In the end, I’ve realized that legacy is not important except to your children and family and friends. When I am on my deathbed, I just want to feel as if I have loved and been loved, done some good in the world, and made a difference here and there. – Richard Branson