My Legacy . . .

The Refractive Thinker® Legacy 

Often I use an exercise with my students where I ask them to write the speech that someone would use to introduce them as they receive a lifetime achievement award. The goal is to offer reflection on one’s life.  What would someone say about you?  AND more importantly would you like what they say?  *Smiles* Others offer a similar exercise where one would write their eulogy of what they hope the world might offer as the legacy they left behind.

May I invite those that are reading this blog to take a few moments to reflect upon your own life as you read my comments in the hope that one day someone will offer these parting words on my behalf, the legacy of Dr. Cheryl Lentz.

As I reflect back on my formidable years, I always recall knowing that I was different. There was always something unique and special about the path my life would take.  I nearly died when I was born, when I was 12, I was told I might have Leukemia, during my senior year in college, it was thought I had a brain tumor; and when we were stationed in Japan, I contracted a complex disease that nearly cost me my life.  This of course then begs the question with all of these near misses, why am I still here?  What is so important about my destiny for which work remains unfinished?  Only time will tell if I have fully achieved my purpose to change the world in ways that perhaps were only possible through my hands.

I believe each of us has a purpose, a unique calling for which we are uniquely qualified.  Our
goal is not to be another Lincoln or Gandhi or Einstein.   Why?  The job has already been taken. *grins*  My quest has always been to find the path for which I, Dr. Cheryl Lentz, would change the world.  As on my website:, my  personal philosophy  has been:

“To change the world through education, one student and one mind at a time . . .”

Through more than 10 years of teaching, I would like to believe I have indeed changed the world through the minds and hearts of my students, perhaps offering words of inspiration that only I could offer.  My favorite tenet of leadership is the ability to influence those that follow with the goal of being worthy of that followership.   I was amazed that this began with my animal rescue work where I used the same mantra of “Saving Siberians One Life at a Time”— the philosophy behind the Siberian Husky Rescue of NM Inc, a non-profit rescue group still in existence today where we have truly made a difference.

Other accomplishments include being a 10-time internationally published and award winning author; as well as owning an award winning publishing company: The Lentz Leadership Institute that includes more than 45 doctoral scholars in 22 states and on 5 continents.  Who would have thought that one person could have influenced the lives of so many?

The best summary of my life is offered in the immortal words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:


Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

I hope that those that have crossed my path have been blessed with my unique gifts and that my unique gifts left the world in a bit better place than before I arrived.

With kindness,


Dr. Cheryl Lentz

Chief Refractive Thinker®
Award winning author and publisher
The Refractive Thinker® Press, where discriminating scholars publish.
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May 21st, 2011 by admin

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