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I woke up this morning thinking about legacy.

Well, truth is, I was first thinking about the fact that I have lived more years of life then I have left to live; that’s not morbid, just true, and the older we get the more we appreciate and respect the value of a year, a month, a day and a moment.

But quickly I got back into positive visualization about all of the things that I still want to accomplish, and then I got to my morning reading.


This morning I read from a Bible study on my Bible app called “Imperfect Dads, One Perfect Father” and it was the perfect thought companion to my earlier meditations about legacy.

The author talked about God’s design for teaching us to be a perfect dad through modeling.

“We read about God the Father to get to know Him. We watch the way He interacts with His children (us), so we see how he handles the same situations we all encounter as dads.” and later “The problem with mass media’s mass appeal of the hapless dad characterization is that it stands in direct defiance to God’s illustration of Father”. You can read the whole plan here if you like.


But the question the author closed with got me back on my meditation.

He asked, “if you were a star in a dad’s TV show, what would be the show’s name?”

I’d like it to be called Legacy.


Mark Batterson, Pastor and author of one of the books on my recommended reading list Win The Day says,

“Your greatest legacy isn’t your dream. Your greatest legacy is the next generation of dreamers that your dream inspires—the dreams within a dream.”


This is my Legacy.

My legacy is the quality of the Blackbelt Leaders I produce, the children I raise, the grandchildren I move and mentor and all whom I get to sow into.

Their lives, their dreams and their legacies are mine, and I know they are great ones.

It’s what gets me up every morning.

It’s why I love what I do.

Years ago I fell in love with the Stephen Covey quote, “Live, Laugh, Love and Leave A Legacy” though I was too young to fully understand the gravity of the challenge.

But with whatever years I’ve left, it’s what I will do.

My books, blogs, podcasts and other media I produce are part of my legacy too, but especially the students and teachers I get to sow into.

They are my legacy.

What about you?


Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt
Founder & Chief Master Instructor,
Krav Maga Martial Arts


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About Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo: Grandmaster Del Castillo is the founding Master Instructor of Krav Maga Martial Arts and has been empowering lives in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties since October of 2000. He is a 7th degree Blackbelt, MBA, author, mentor and success coach, a US Army Veteran and a proud father and grandfather. He is married to Ms. Barbara Del Castillo who helps him run the school. Grand Master Del Castillo began his training in the early 80’s and has high level blackbelts in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Premier Martial Arts and Krav Maga Martial Arts as well as experience in kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and Jiujitsu. He has high level instructor certifications from BBSI, IKMF, and KMG and has been featured in numerous Martial Arts publications and also Success magazine. He was a competitive sport karate and American Kickboxing instructor until he enlisted in the US Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he won an Army Green to Gold scholarship and proceeded to ROTC and the University of Tampa. He was commisioned in 1992 and went on to serve in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division and then in several other posts in the US until he left military service to pursue his dream of creating KMMA in 2000.

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