By Sola Agunbiade
There is an age-old saying that the key to an enduring success is hard work. As much as this is true, the ION-Engine to a sustainable success is actually a well thought-out and sincere succession plan.
Like Siamese twins, they share a vital body part and co-habit with one depending on the other for many – if not all things – and can only be separated through surgery by experts; with an aim to preserve not just one, but both.
You may say the formation of Siamese twins in the womb is a biological accident, but the truth is that there are two being entangled in one body. So is success and succession.
Success is a good attainment and everyone desires it in all their endeavour but most successes are short-lived if not groomed for multiplication – which is a form of self-succession.
In Christendom, we all make reference to the patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The journey started with Abraham (who was very successful) but the vision and mission would have terminated if Isaac had not received the baton well. It would even have been long forgotten had Jacob not keyed into the success recipe of his fathers.
We still have Ford as an admirable brand of automobile in the world today, but we all know that Henry Ford – the visioner is long gone. It was through succession that his vision was kept alive. The brand Guinness began with one man with a unique flavour; and today, we can no longer ascribe the success of the multinational company to the founder, but the loyalty of the successors who have continued in the ancient tradition.
The Holy Bible pays special attention to genealogy which is why we can trace the history of our Lord Jesus Christ to Abraham. The success of Abraham’s obedience translated later into the success of the whole world over sin.
Many visions that were successful in times past have been forgotten. When MKO Abiola, the Nigerian business mogul was reigning, Forbes was not so prominent in the American news. He would have been consistent as Africa’s richest man for several years. But ask me today how many of his many conglomerates still exist in less than 30 years. They have all gone into extinction.
The present generation of children who are born into affluence and are so pampered, knowing only how to spend money and not how to work for it, would only end up a temporary success if they are not well groomed in discipline to carry on the baton and most importantly with the aim of passing it on to someone else. This is the only way that success can be a continuum.
The tradition of excellence and discipline will make success an unending story for many if it can transcend into another generation where succession is a catalyst for an enduring success.
Mr Sola Agunbiade is the Principal of JNissi High School, Lagos.
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