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365 Letters to Myself

April 20th - Contrast...



It is difficult to turn off my brain after I attend a luncheon, speaker, conference, etc. The ideas just presented, or conversations engaged in swirl around to expand, not dismiss, upon what I just heard.


Today was no different. The topic has to do with ‘Replacing the Legend’ of a family business. Applicable – that was me. Dad asked me to be his successor and my dad IS still a legend within the industry, community and beyond, though he passed 10+ years ago. It was natural to answer the questions to the panel in my head too. I was thankful yet again for how blessed and special dad’s and my relationship is.


Some take away thoughts though, my situation may have similarities, but the ending is much different and curiously, is the norm more like the panel or mine, which ended up dividing the family and destroying the legacy. What benefits and or opportunities might exist in a contrasting conversation from displayed outcome of ‘success’ stories the promotion of the ‘right’ way to accomplish this huge issue?


As the moderator noted, a legend is irreplaceable – so that is not the conversation. The discussion is less comparing but more tapping into as many different stories as possible. Less about the successor, but the dynamics of accepting the successor, what might come next – in contrast.


One’s way, not one way.


Hmmm, not compare…day 260!


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