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Published on December 9th, 2013 | by djprophetic

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If You Don’t Remember Your Family’s Failures You May Repeat Them

If You Don’t Remember Your Family’s Failures You May Repeat Them

If You Don’t Remember Your Family’s Failures You May Repeat Them

If You Don’t Remember Your Family’s Failures You May Repeat Them

When I think of generational progression, I look at the world of technology. I grew up in the age of house phones and today very few people I know still have them. I remember seeing dial-up internet and floppy disks; now the norm is wi-fi and cloud based storage. Before tweets and Facebook posts, it’s hard to remember what we did online. Just that quickly, we have progressed into a digital age, and it should be the same for us as individuals- to improve from generation to generation.

I don’t care what background you came from- you can always learn to do better and be better than the previous generations before you. Every mother or father’s heart’s cry is for their child to live a better and more advantageous life than they did. I’m not even a parent yet but I fully understand this concept because I think of my nephews and nieces.I yearn for them to do great things and avoid the costly mistakes I made. I’ve even been telling my niece, Gracelove, for the last year and a half to create a vision board for her life so she can design the life she wants to live. (If you read this Gracie, please do your vision board J)

My brother and I have been blessed with great parents who tackled great feats to accomplish some of their dreams (read more of their journey here).  As first generation Americans born to African immigrants, we would be considered failures if we did not try to push the limits and break barriers that our parents and ancestors did not pursue. I believe as John Maxwell said, “Success is learning from failure. Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. Failure only becomes failure when we do not learn from it.”

It’s important to discuss with our grandparents, parents, elders and other relatives about the wrong decisions they made, regrets they have and lessons they’ve learned. A truly wise man doesn’t learn from his own mistakes, he learns from the mistakes of others. My parents, ancestors, and mentors made mistakes and sacrifices so that I wouldn’t have to. Instead, I’m implored to make new ones for future generations to learn from so that we as a people can improve and become who and what God intended us to be.   What lessons have you learned from your family that have helped you today?

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