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“The idea is not to live forever but to create something that will”

Posted on 17 April 2021

FROM THE DESK OF LOUISA RECHTER TAKACS

“The idea is not to live forever but to create something that will”

– Andy Warhol 

Recently, I learned that an old family friend had passed away. He was considered a visionary and provided many employment opportunities in the community. 
I was particularly touched by the sentiments left by his surviving children on social media. “My dad was there for me, always. He always picked up the phone no matter what” one son said. “You’ve always been larger than life, so really, it only makes sense that you take your wizardry and bring it to the skies above.” 
It has always been my greatest fear to lose a parent. And now that I have two little ones, I now fear not being able to be there for them one day. 

Running a business and raising babies is definitely no easy task. I am often asked how I do it. The truth is, I’m still figuring it out, but I often think about parenthood and the kind of impact I hope to leave on my children. 

Louisa, her husband Rob, and their children, Elliott and Clementine

This week, in the Tory Burch Foundation, we discussed the concept of goodness, led by author and entrepreneur Tony Tjan. What stood out to me during Tony’s seminar was the pursuit of purpose and identifying 10 people whose lives you can profoundly change. The thought is, those 10 people will go on to affect the lives of 10 others. It multiplies and then the world changes.  
As an entrepreneur, Alessandra and I always had the urge to create something bigger than ourselves. I think about those before us, like our old family friend, and the legacy he left. He impacted thousands of strangers but also his family who cherished him and admired his skillset outside of parenting.  
As a mother, I hope that one day my kids too can call me a “wizard” of some sort. In spite of all my mistakes, I hope they will know how much I love them and that I always tried my best to champion for goodness. 
xx, 

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