A few weeks ago, I went to Monster Jam with my Dad, brother, uncle, and cousin for a fun guys night. It was an exciting blend of testosterone and engines with motorcycles, huge trucks, and smashed cars. I had a great time!
Before the actual event started, we went down to the arena floor to meet the truck drivers and take pictures next to the tires that were much larger than we were. Here’s one of my brother and cousin:
As we were walking around the arena floor, my attention wasn’t focused as much on the truck that, in a matter of minutes, would be doing the smashing, but the cars that would be smashed.
The cars were sprayed yellow and purple to mark the opposite sides of the arena and were bound together by their own seat belts. One yellow car in particular caught my attention – a Cadillac.
Not just any Cadillac, one that was very similar to one my mom had years ago. (And when I say years ago, I mean years ago – I’m pretty sure she had a bag phone in that car.)
My mom loved that car.
I did too – it was a Caddy for crying out loud! I felt like a middle school boss as I rode up to the school. “Please, no autographs. I’m in pre-algebra just like you.”
But, back at the arena floor, I was seeing this car in its final moments before it was going to be utterly smashed for the entertainment of people eating nachos and then taken out to a scrap yard.
Honestly, I was a little unnerving.
What we once valued greatly was now of such little value that it is going to be destroyed. And people would cheer.
In life, we see so many things that are outdated, irrelevant, and unappealing. And we want to change them. Change them right now.
But, the very things we look down on now were once new.
Once cutting edge.
Once highly favored.
But now, they’re on the chopping block – ready to be axed because they’re now ineffective and/or unremarkable.
Here’s what this means for us:
The ideas, models, and programs we want to chop were once great and innovative.
So tread lightly.
Be easy when you want to make changes. Yes, you do need to make new, helpful changes – but you need to be mindful that someone very innovative made the decision to change it years ago and is probably pretty proud of it. It worked then. It was new.
Make changes, but give honor and respect to the innovations of the past when you do.
Because your innovation will one day be on the chopping block – just like that old Cadillac.
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