What Will Your Legacy Be by Margaret Workman

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“How you do anything is how you do everything!” my Margaret-ism of the day.


What Legacy Are You Leaving?

What Legacy Are You Leaving?

Those are some of the most powerful words you will ever hear and so very true.

I use them every day with my clients, vendors and my family.  We need to practice ethics and use integrity in dealing with our clients, customers and family. We are all a work in progress. If you think you know it all, I can assure you that you don’t. When you start thinking that way that’s when you start losing. My family is a very competitive family. My kids are avid sports enthusiasts and amazing athletes and Scott and I in our day weren’t so bad either.

My sport was basketball, softball and volleyball. My husbands were soccer, tennis and bowling. I grew up in the South (SC) and he grew up in the North (PA). One thing for sure is that both North and South knew how to develop great athletes. Having two jocks as parents hasn’t always been easy for my kids or for our marriage LOL. We coached our kids in all sports they played and we were leaders for all their organizations from PTO, Sunday school teachers to Cub Masters. We believed and still do in being involved in our children’s lives.

When I was growing up we had a family business, Tillotson and Son Painting.  I worked with my dad and mom alongside my brother, Heyward Tillotson (who still owns and operates that business today in Greenville SC). We had a work ethic growing up. We didn’t sleep till noon and do what we wanted. We were made to get up at the butt crack of dawn and do our chores and do our part for the family. We helped our family by working side by side with them and through that my daddy taught my brother and me the best life lessons you can know. One of which is what I just wrote about: How you do anything, Is how you do everything……it rings true for me. Whatever I put my mind to doing I give my all and become successful doing it. When I hit a wall, I do not give up, I back up, and re evaluate the situation and continue forward. Failure is not an option for the Tillotson-Workman family. We come from a long line of hard working and good people. My daddy was a hard working and tough man; he had calluses on his hands and always wore painter’s pants. I will never forget smelling the paint from the day on him and loved sitting in his lap as his strong arms gave me a big hug. My daddy passed away two years ago and it was and still is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to endure. The pain and loss is overwhelming. He was our families’ rock. He taught us that no matter what happened in life, family was what was most important. That and faith in God. He taught me that morals and values are the foundation of a business.  Heyward and I are his legacy and our children and our children’s children will be as well…Like the saying goes: How you do anything is how you do everything?

This is true for business and family. How you run your business directly reflects who you are as a human being and what example you are showing for your family. Scott and I are no saints. We have made mistakes; we believe these mistakes have helped us become the strong and determined adults we are today. Our kids have seen us fall and have seen us get back up. We did not hide our failures from them but used them to teach them how to avoid the same pitfalls in their own lives. My kids look at us and tell us we are their heroes….those words mean more to Scott and me than any trophy we ever got for MVP or any business accolades.  My question for you all is what do you want to leave behind??? What legacy?? Do you want to be known as a good business man or woman who was successful, do you want to have reached a level of power few have every attained??

What will people say about you when God calls you home? Will they say He/she was a good man/woman? Or will they even remember you? I believe our legacy for the Workman Family will be to leave this world better than when we arrived in it. Kind of goes back to some old scouting fundamentals of Leave things better than you found it. I want my legacy to be that I made a difference in someone’s life. By my life I helped someone else get where they wanted and needed to be. None of us knows truly what legacy we will leave, that’s why we are all a work in progress. But as long as you are trying and working to be the best person, businessman/woman you can be is all we can do. INTEGRITY: Is what you do when no one is watching……Think about that and use it in your everyday lives. Remember, How you do anything, Is how you do Everything.

Think about what kind of Legacy you will leave your children and the world. Work on that every day. I believe the rest will fall into place!

I pray your Legacy is what you want it to be. Go make it happen!

Right now, I am going to spend time with the blessings God has given me, my wonderful Husband and my amazing children, after all they are why I do what I do! Why do you do what you do?


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