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“Family Legacy: The Next Generation”
By Wendy Gladney Dean
Published November 18, 2015

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Following in the footsteps of one’s parents is not a new tradition, but it is becoming a lost art. For generations children have carried on the profession of their ancestors and did so with pride. It was not uncommon for children to receive an apprenticeship simply by working with their parents on a day by day basis. As time has passed and professions have evolved so has the desire for youth to continue in this vain. However, I do believe there is a renewed interest in what I am hoping will be a new line of legacy starting with my own family.

 

I come from a long line of entrepreneurs. My great-grandfather did odd jobs and invested his money in real estate in the South. Today our family is still reaping benefits from his efforts. My grandmother was not only a teacher, but she also at one time owned a small restaurant, she did hair, and she owned an income tax service. My father, even with all of his worldly ways, eventually became involved in real estate and took over my grandmother’s income tax business. Over the years I have dabbled in real estate, I even did short form taxes while in college to help make ends meet and now for close to twenty five years, I have owned my own consulting firm helping the community.

 

Over the past year I’ve had several serious conversations with my daughter about her career path and purpose. She wasn’t really happy in her corporate job and although she was grateful she felt a void. I challenged her to think about what she felt her true purpose was and if it meant making a change don’t be shy. She had to put her faith on the line and trust God to open doors that no man could close. After much thought, prayer, and preparation she made that leap. I am proud to say she has now ventured out into the entrepreneur lane and we are riding it together. Although it is still early in the journey, God has shown his hand on her life and given confirmation that the best is yet to come.

 

As I think about what is happening in our family’s life, I am drawn to a scenario about a movie coming out over the Thanksgiving holiday called, “Creed.” The movie is a story about a young man by the name of Adonis Johnson, who happens to play the son of the fictitious character Apollo Creed, who decides to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a boxer. As I did a little background investigation into the Rocky film series, I learned that Apollo Creed’s name was based on Christian theological understanding of the Canonical gospels. I found this interesting since my faith is centered in Christianity. It peaked my interest and desire to learn more and share the story with others.

 

According to the previews Adonis, son of Apollo, struggles with real life issues such as establishing his values, his character, and understanding legacy as he strives to become a boxer after the death of his father. Whenever the torch is passed from one generation to the next sometimes what our children need is a little encouragement to get into the ring and put their heart into the fight. If they make a mistake or if they’ve been hit a time or two, we may need to pull them into the corner, give them a little pep talk, mop their brow and send them back out into the ring. With the right guidance, training and preparation there’s no reason why they can’t achieve a total knock out. Although the film Creed is based on fictitious characters, my daughter, Courtney Sabra Marie and I are looking forward to seeing it together and rooting for the next generation!

 

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Visit www.WendyGladney.com and www.forgivingforliving.org. Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy.gladney@gmail.com. Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 4:30am.

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