This year NAI is celebrating 30 years of inspiring leadership and excellence to advance heritage interpretation as a profession. I don’t quite remember what I was doing 30 years ago. Most likely riding my bike, playing tag with my friends and attending 6th grade.
At work we have a mission that we use as bearing to focus our energy and resources. My personal mission aligns with what I do at work, yet my professional legacy will be very different than my organization’s. As I put my actions at work through my professional values I am unintentionally building what will be my professional legacy. I hope it is something people will remember but it is something that I very proud and satisfied with by the time I retire if I ever do. Being purposeful is always important so next time you are building your work plan, choosing professional development opportunities or seek ways to grow professionally think about how you are using them as building blocks for your legacy.
NAI has not changed it’s mission since 1998 and it has built a strong foundation of principles, and leaders in our profession that is our Association’s legacy.
Take a minute to think about your professional legacy, what does it look like? what is it that you want to be remembered for?
Luckily for us the website has changed for the better in the past 30 years and I don’t know exactly where I will be in 30 years but hopefully this blog and the NAI website will look a bit different.