How To Leave A Personal Legacy For The Environment

What could you achieve, if you made your goals clear in your mind? And more importantly, where should you start?

Some years ago, this is what Steven Brooks started to ask himself. Seeing so many problems in the world, he decided to write some of his goals down. However, as an idealist, it felt as if there were too many things for him to fix.

So he picked a small corner in Costa Rica, where he built a community, in harmony with the environment. There he established fruit trees, fresh water, and fresh air untainted by the pollution of big cities.

But that was just the start of his journey. And now, after multiple other projects in between, he’s starting a sustainable 400 acre cultural cooperative. Here, land workers are going from living in hell to being partners in the company, with their own house, land, and a brighter future.

But Steven’s journey can teach us a lot more than just how to build sustainable communities.

Write Your Goals Down


Stephen got clarity and direction from writing down his goals. You have to “List the things you want so you’ll find them” he says.

By establishing our goals and making them happen one step at a time, we can make our lives meaningful and build toward something great. Something that others can enjoy, and in time people can look back, with awe and wonder on just how much was achieved.

And that journey begins with the first step, deciding where you want to go first. Because as Steven says:

“The sooner we know where we’re going, the more directly we can go there.”

In building a community, he invites us to look at the basics. To decide where you want to live. Who you want to live with. How you are making decisions. All the way to the structure of each day, the glue of a community.

Perhaps though, instead of building a community, you’re just planning a healthier routine. His approach of zooming out to get a ‘top-down’ perspective can give us the clarity and vision we need to make our decisions.

The Power of Having A Vision


Steven Brooks’ remarkable story teaches us the power of having a vision for your life and working towards it. It reveals how a single person alone can step up and take action, and make a difference. To start small, and create a positive change in the world. To pick a small corner of the Earth, and make it better.

Because changing the whole world is hard. But taking a small corner of it somewhere and improving it is meaningful, manageable and, when it’s done right, even magical.

In the video above, founder of Punta Mona Center Steven Brooks shares his inspirational journey and mission in his own words.

This talk was filmed at Mindvalley’s A-Fest, the transformational event for an extraordinary community of change-makers and visionaries who are driven by epic ideas to impact the world.


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What’s the mission you’d like to take on, the way Stephen Brooks did? What would you change in the world as it is today?

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Annamaria Nagy

Annamaria Nagy

Annamaria is part of the Mindvalley team. A writer and storyteller who inspires change through the transformative power of stories.

Her purpose is to speak life into people and guide visionary leaders to express their unique, authentic selves to the world.

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