.....becomes a goal, a goal broken down into steps becomes a plan and a plan with actions can help your dreams come true!
Ok, so that is a little twee, but there is also some truth in the statement.
The transfer of a family business will have to happen at some point, you can chose to either be in control of that process or wait until you kick the bucket!
Creating financial independence from your business can really help in passing the business to the next generation.
If you are financially reliant on the business you will feel reluctant (at best) to pass this on in a timely manner.
To steal another well known saying from buddha
"The trouble is, you think you have time"
If transferring your business to your children is one of your goals, once you and your spouse understand what you need and want from the transfer, you must communicate your intention to all of your children, and perhaps other stakeholders (sons- and daughters-in-law for example).