A Legacy Driven Life

Live A Legacy To Leave A Legacy

Non-Fiction - Motivational
146 Pages
Reviewed on 07/25/2013
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Author Biography

Adil F. Dalal, is the CEO of Pinnacle Process Solutions International®, LLC, Chair of Human Development & Leadership division of ASQ, an award winning author, a keynote speaker, an executive coach and the host of See2B Talk radio. His book “The 12 Pillars of Project Excellence: A Lean Approach to Improving Project Results” is a winner of the prestigious 2013 Axiom Business Book Award in the category of Operations Management/Lean/Continuous Improvement. He is also the co-author of “The Lean Handbook”. He is well known for pioneering several key advances in project leadership and in lean, including Power of Visualization™, Lean Project Leadership™, iLean® technology and Dynamic Risk Leadership™.
Adil’s mission is to focus on enhancing the value of the 'appreciating assets' and optimizing the human potential for ensuring the long term success of individuals, corporations and nations.
Adil holds two Masters degrees, and is a Certified Project Manager (PMP), Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Certified Lean Professional (LBC) and Certified Executive Coach (BCC). Adil resides in Austin, Texas and is currently pursuing his PhD in Performance Psychology

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

The Legacy Driven Life, by Adil F. Dalal is a must-read for those who find themselves struggling for direction in their lives. Adil’s book shows the need and importance of changing the dash that appears between your date of birth and date of death to an infinity symbol, “∞”. He not only outlines the importance of living a legacy driven life that will live on well past your last day on earth, but takes the reader through a step by step process for visualizing one’s personal mission and vision statements in order to design a “Gold Standard Legacy”. Adil doesn’t end there. A mission and vision are pointless without moving forward and living your gold standard legacy. He gives guidance as to how to continue on course, using your mission and vision statements as the North Star and lighthouse to keep you on course. He gives several ideas for keeping yourself from being discouraged when there is resistance or you find the going difficult. He ends the book with examples of five people who overcame incredible odds in order to live a legacy driven life.

Adil’s work is inspiring. It is very much needed in our world today, because so many people are out of touch with living any sort of life that goes beyond mere existence. As Adil points out in The Legacy Driven Life, only 5% of people have any sort of plan or goal for living their life and only 1% ever achieves their goals. In today’s troubled times, the number on the other end, the 95%, are weighing down the rest of the world. If we are to truly recover from the difficult times that we face, it will take a much larger percentage of people reaching for and achieving “Gold Standard Legacies” for our world to survive and continue on through the twenty first century. This book is highly recommended as a guide to get one started on course for not only leaving behind a living legacy, but for living that legacy. It should not only be on the shelves of every corporate executive and political leader, but it should also be in their hands, being practiced and taught throughout their organizations.

Scott Albert

A Legacy Driven Life: Live A Legacy to Leave A Legacy is the next book by the author of The 12 Pillars of Project Excellence, Adil F. Dalal. According to the author, he writes, “The goal of this book is three-fold: A. Dive deeper into the question of “Why" to leave a legacy. B. Provide a detailed “How to” guide to designing a profound legacy. C. Inspire people from all walks of life to lead a legacy-driven life through amazing stories of some ordinary individuals who are living an extra-ordinary legacy.”

This 141-page book is broken into 6 chapters, each subdivided into logical and informative sections. This makes for useful referencing of information and easy to find headings. Readers find out that “The V-Factor™ is the immense energy which comes from using the Power of Visualization™ to design and execute a powerful legacy.”

My initial reaction was that this was a bit too narcissistic for me. Immortality and world change because of my visualization? But this was instead insightful and creatively inspirational. I found that Dalal had some useful insights and not-so-arrogant objectives.

The step-by-step formula he lays out is affirmative, if not overly optimistic. It is inherently useful how he defines the problem and his proposed solution. He outlines how to implement a personal mission/vision statement, how to go out and live your legacy, and wraps up with real-life examples of successful individuals. Citing examples like Rosa Parks, da Vinci, Shakespeare, Galileo, and Neil Armstrong, Dalal points out how to live with what he terms the V-Factor™. This is a useful reference, citing examples, referencing works, and even links to websites.

Bernadette Acocella

In A Legacy Driven Life, author Adil F. Dalal encourages readers to develop a “mission statement” or goal for their life, then he gives them the tools to live that goal. The author gives several examples of great people that have left the world a great legacy, like Abraham Lincoln and Rosa Parks. Some of us may go down in history for our legacy while others may only affect our own little part of the world. Author Dalal provides detailed instructions for planning and living your legacy. Leaving a legacy should not be an afterthought or taken lightly.

I like the message in this book. Adil F. Dalal encourages readers to think about their life and the way they live it. He provides a step by step plan for developing goals and for sticking to them. I consider this book one of positive reinforcement. My favorite part is the testimonies concerning the legacies of others. This book is easy to read and understand, and it will make a difference in the lives of those who read it and put it in action.

Anne Boling

A Legacy Driven Life: Live A Legacy To Leave A Legacy was written by author, Adil F. Dalal. Have you ever wondered how you will be remembered? If you could write your own epitaph what would it say; is it realistic or are you fooling yourself? Will you be remembered long after you are gone and if so for what? Author, Adil F. Dalal suggests readers should live their legacy. By living our legacy, we have a reason to get up in the morning, we are motivated and inspired. Each person must define legacy for themselves.

Adil F. Dalal provides readers with 5 steps to design, live and leave a legacy. He also provides the following formula to overcome resistances while fulfilling your legacy:
1.Know the Purpose – Pursue It!
2.Winning Is a Habit – Cultivate it!
3.There Will Be Resistance – Face It!
4.Passion Is a Requirement – Show It!
5.Sky Is the Limit – Reach for It!

I like this book because it is encouraging. The author is correct in saying we should live our legacy. I’ll take it a step farther; we are living our legacy whether we know it or not. My favorite part of this book is the personal stories. They touched my heart. Rob Bryant, Tim Cunningham, Sherry Unwala, Billy Billimoria, and Izzy Gesell each have an incredible and inspiring story to share. There is an important message in this book told in a unique manner. The advice is easy to understand and to a large degree common sense. The book is part workbook for the author has conveniently left room for the reader to work on their own legacy plan.

Jackie O'Neal

In A Legacy Driven Life, author Adil F. Dalal shares his ideas on how readers can design and also visualize their personal legacies in order to benefit future generations. He also shares wisdom drawn from great thinking leaders. What I enjoyed most about the book is the exercises readers can easily access. They can begin to work on their own legacy projects, and also explore what individual legacies are all about. Dalal points out pertinent statistics that help clarify why legacies have value. For example, a large percentage of the world’s population appear to lack a definite purpose to achieve. In like manner, he explains cogently that world leaders appear to lack a collective vision for peace, while corporations seem to ignore planning long-term goals. Readers will find Dalal underscores his points well by referring to the economic crisis in the world, and its causes and effects. With chaos looming and lack of individual purpose growing, many people become discouraged, hence there is a need for this book.

Dalal helps readers take the high road as he encourages them to focus on the Power of One, or the difference one action can make. I enjoyed reading the examples he provides: from Rosa Parks to Nelson Mandela to Gandhi. Dalal also focuses on the power of visualization and reminds the reader it is an effective but secret language of the brain. I appreciated the interviews with thought leaders who represent living examples of the legacy driven life. This is a motivational book that should be read by educators, parents, leaders, entrepreneurs, and readers who care about the future.