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Legacy is not just money, it’s how you’re remembered

When I visualize the meaning of the word legacy, I see the image of my brother, Tommy Harvey. While he was taken from us far too early, his legacy still looms large over my whole family, and me personally.

Tommy had the perfect mix of being a family man and driven person at the same time. Having returned to college at 22 years old, Tommy went on to become the first in our family to graduate with higher education from San Diego State University. He continued through Southwestern Law School and passed the California State Bar. But that still wasn’t enough for Tommy. He applied and was accepted to an LLM program focusing on corporate financial law at Hong Kong University. 

Not to imply that Tommy was perfect. He had his flaws like everyone does, but what stands out is his ability to distance himself from those flaws.

Tommy had a polarizing personality. While many people loved him; those that didn’t still respected him for his rare drive. He was a highly compassionate person, who believed that a person deserved only what they worked hard for. He was obviously no exception to that belief. 

As much potential as he showed, he passed away before he could realize that full potential. While not how he should be defined, and completely out of his character, Tommy passed away from a drug overdose—a scourge many American families are suffering through today.

Once the shock of his death faded, my family and I stared in awe at the legacy he had left behind. Tommy wasn’t the smartest person, but he was so competitive that you would think he was. Tommy wasn’t always kind with his words, but he pushed people to be better. Tommy wasn’t always given everything, he worked for it. 

I founded Legacy Wealth Management Group with Tommy’s legacy as a foundation, and it is what inspires me to work with people to create theirs. Legacy is not just money, it’s how you’re remembered.