If you are one of the fortunate ones to have had the opportunity to work in the building industry throughout your career, you probably don’t think you can or will leave a legacy for others to benefit from being in this business. After all, presidents of countries leave their legacy, as well as all those high-profile celebrities in the entertainment and sports industries who routinely strive to leave their legacies (sometimes this is probably not a good thing). On a more positive and less self-serving note, we have all those philanthropists who have given of their time and wealth to help others and in turn have quietly left their legacy for people to remember.
Surely engineers, contractors, manufacturer’s representatives, technicians, and maintenance personnel don’t fit into the philanthropist category — or do we? First and foremost, legends-to-be in the building industry will work from the time they leave high school or college until they come to a point in their life when they want to retire or their health dictates that they retire. Many will probably unwittingly leave a legacy, if only to a select few they had mentored at some point in time.