There’s a quote that says: “Success without a successor is a failure”. I’m trying to research on who wrote this but there’s seems to be no one person who has a claim to this statement. Probably because the quote is so real and true in leadership that it goes without saying.
I’m so happy that for the past 5 years, I’m in a culture that believes this statement and deeply inculcates this in our values. We believe in the next generation and not only do we believe in them, that they will replace us, but that they’ll far exceed the things that we have accomplished.
I learned from church that in the Bible, if you read the book of Genesis (the book of beginnings) every time the account of Terah, Abraham, Isaac or Jacob were mentioned, it’s not really their stories that gets highlighted, but the stories of their sons, the next generation who followed them. That’s because “Success without a successor is a failure”. If in your generation you’re able accomplish a lot, but the generation that follows you fails, then you fail. The failure of the next generation is our failure.
I remember back in college when me and my blockmates headed an organization called the “Math Circle” (as nerdy as it sounds) we were ranked in the top 10 (top 6th) organization in school as we finished our term. However, the next generation of leaders who followed us didn’t do very well. In fact, the year after they led the organization they were put on probation. :O It doesn’t matter how successful we are, if the next generation fails, we fail.
We just finished our event titled: LIVE: get wired to the FULL LIFE. This is our first LIVE for the second term for DLSU, CSB and St. Scho and this is by far my favorite because it seems to have the least error. Also God moved again in terms of attendance and the outcome.
As I was talking to our student leaders, I was just so inspired by their lives and in that moment I envisioned them taking our work in LifeBox to the next level. Levels far beyond what we can dream of or imagine (no kidding!).
I’d just like to honor a lot of them if I may. We have people like (not in any order):
Pao Jamilarin who’s a great vision caster, highly relational leader, works hard and ensures that everything is in order. This guy will surpass me in campus ministry. I know he will! 🙂
Pao Santillan who’s one of our upcoming leaders as well, he’s been very faithful with life groups and leading people closer to God. He has a servant mind-set and faithfully handles our past two discipleship meetings. I’m excited to see him be released to his full potential.
Kara De Leos highly influential, passionate about reaching the lost and discipling her friends. So proud of this girl! 🙂
Dennise Pesebre loves the young people and believes so much in the next generation. Really humble, teachable and is a role model to all young women out there with her godly standards.
Marc Marcaida humble and teachable as well, very engaging and passionate. Goes the extra mile to do things excellently.
Xandrino Mangunay very hard working and talented. His skills and level of determination will bring him far definitely.
Daniel Ching one of the future leaders of the corporate world and in Cebu. Very smart and disciplined.
Thomas Marechaux God has put a lot of wisdom in this man. Passionate about his calling in life and I see him do the work of God wherever God’s called him to be.
Honey Magaspi tenacious and proactive. Hard working and willing to serve.
Laurice Plando dancer, singer, instrumentalist, actress, graphic artist. Excellent in all those things. Grabe!
Wesley Que one of the next generation professors that students will look up to in DLSU. Will be a fantastic role model who’ll shape the minds of the young people.
Jaycee Pazcoguin hard working and passionate. Saw her work tenaciously during the Bounce event! 😀
Tricia Togado detailed oriented and very hard working. Thanks for listening to what I said last time to mentor the next generation 😀
Winona Rebadomia don’t let her sweetness deceive you this woman makes sure she fulfills all her deliverables. Great character!
Jade Lingan highly influential and will be a great leader. Follows thru with all her commitments.
Of course, this is not to say that the names I mentioned above are better than the others. It’s just that these are the people I’ve worked closely and observed lot from their lives. We have other names like: Maricon Marcaida, Paulina Gonzales, Yumiko, Ian Panopio, Ella Ramos, Kath Parungao, Martin Hao, Monique See, Neri Semeniano, Nina Armenta, Princess Tuquero, Ruth Patricio, Ria Zamudio, Danielle Monfort, Daniel Claud, Angel Uy, Belle Garcia, KC Bahaj, Bianca De La Cruz, Gian Mangua, Daniel Claud, Carly Fenis, Charisse Abarico, Kevin Saavedra. etc. I’m sure these people, God has placed enormous amounts of gifts and talents as well. Their talents and giftings are just waiting to be released to their fullest potential. 🙂
With these hard working bunch. I just know that they’ll take the work we have in LifeBox (even right now, we won’t have to wait 2-3 years) to the next level. 🙂