One of my favorite quotes of all time is…
“You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather is.” (unknown)
In other words… It doesn’t matter how great your heritage is, your future success is determined by your effort.
Sitting around basking in the memory of past success is the best way to seal your future failure. You can coast for a while, but eventually, the façade will be peeled away and your efforts will be revealed.
Check out this article about American Airlines filing bankruptcy on Tuesday…
American Airlines used to bill itself as “something special in the air,” and it was.
It was the first airline to offer curbside check-in. The first with computerized reservations. It invented the frequent-flier program and came up with the deeply discounted Super Saver fare to fill empty seats on its planes.
But it was disastrously behind on one thing – recognizing that is finances were unsustainable.
In the past decade, other airlines cut expenses in bankruptcy reorganizations. American plodded along with high labor costs and aging, gas-guzzling jets. Other airlines found merger partners. American was the awkward kid at the middle school dance.
“They were the most innovative airline for years. Nobody could touch them,” says George Hobica…. “They’re a shadow of their former self.”
The article goes on to detail how great American Airlines was. They pioneered new models. They innovated new concepts. They grew when other airlines shrunk.
And then they spent years admiring themselves in the mirror, ignoring the warning signs that were just under the surface. They literally just woke up one morning and realized they’d been basking in the glory of nostalgia while ignoring the demands of today.
Don’t stand looking into that same mirror. Make a commitment to answer God’s call and follow His lead and do your own growing today so that tomorrow will be fruitful.