The legacy of Zija manifests itself in the number of changing lives

I spent an entire day with Ken Brailsford when he announced he was coming out of retirement to found Zija. We talked about his grand and vast vision for the company. More than anything else, the word that stuck with me that day is legacy.

Over the course of the years, my perspective on the word legacy has changed. In 2008, I received the initial potential diagnosis that my youngest son had Down syndrome. There was a 10-day delay between when the test went out and when we received the results. I spent those 10 days praying he wouldn’t have Down syndrome.

A quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer came into my mind as an answer to my prayers: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

The legacy of Zija manifests itself in the number of changing lives

I knew I needed to change my perspective. My son is now 8 years old. He has a limited vocabulary and functions at a lower level. But he has done more to teach me about patience, empathy and pure unconditional love than any other person in this world.

That experience changed my perspective on what legacy means. Legacy is about leaving a lasting impact on the world. Legacy is about changing people’s lives for the better.

Zija is a legacy company.

Initially I envisioned Zija being bigger than the other two companies Ken founded. That alone would have been a profound legacy.

Now when I think about Zija’s legacy it isn’t just about being bigger than the other two companies — it’s about having a lasting impact on the world.

A legacy is not a destination — it is a journey. We have true north principles guiding us as our compass. We have the right people, motivated by the right reasons, working in the right positions — and because of that the right consequences will happen.

We are continually growing and propagating, and I’m not just talking about growth as a company. It’s also applicable to growth as an individual. We never quit improving. We constantly strive to be better today than we were yesterday.

This company will be here blessing the lives of people long after I’m gone.

And that’s Zija’s legacy of Life Unlimited.