Document Your Life #52 – Legacy & Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades

I’m sure you’ve heard about Harvey Weinstein. Urgh. I was reading the article about him in the New York Times today and it got me thinking about legacy.

His is for sure destroyed as is the legacy of e.g. Bill Cosby. What a shame. Because when you think about it, your legacy is probably all that really matters when your dead and gone.

How do you want the world to remember you after you’re gone? That’s your legacy.

Harvey Weinstein could’ve had an incredible legacy as one of the biggest people in Hollywood (a mogul), one who’s made wonderful, Oscar-winning movies and helped actors achieve stardom.

Instead, because of his actions that have recently been brought to light, he’ll be remembered as the creepy guy who preyed on and sexually harassed young women who were just trying to make something for and of themselves.

He’ll be remembered as the guy who behaved inappropriately and unprofessionally with Gweneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rosanna Arquette, Ashley Judd and many other women whose names might not carry so much weight (today).

And now it’s too late to recover. Now the doors have been busted wide open and there’s no telling where this thing will end.

So, just think about it. You may be young (and foolish) now or have grown up in the 60s and 70s when things were different. But, honestly, it doesn’t matter. There’s absolutely no excuse or nothing you could say to make up for this kind of indecent and inappropriate behavior. Period. And the worst thing is that he’s not a stupid, unintelligent person. He knew exactly what he was doing. Every. Single. Time.

Legacy.

You have to think about it – sooner rather than later. Everything you do in life can boil down to one moment in time, which can either make you or break you. Once you cross that line, you may never be able to recover.

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