“Keep Looking Up; Don’t Look Back“… Success Is Always In Front of You
You cannot successfully go forward looking back. Life has no true direction if you are looking back. The past are our important memories. Success is always in front of you; so, learn from your mistakes and your experiences; do not forget them; let them be your best teacher and true compass for the future; but, do not become a prisoner of your past by not letting go of the past. Let the “art of forgiveness”1 be your crucible and your “road less traveled.”2
Success Finds A Way
My father had many sayings that I remember; and in many ways, even in death, he still speaks through me in memory. Life is hard and difficult, but the only way to live life to the fullest and not merely exist is to face it every day with resiliency, persistence, courage, and conviction to never give up, which takes me to the fifth tenant of The Consummate Transitioner, perseverance. As I said previously, life is a race. Father used to say for inspiration that “The race in life is not guaranteed to the swift or the strong, but to those who endure and persevere to the very end,” a quote derivative of Ecclesiastes 11:9. Another was that “winners never quit and quitters never win,” a quote made famous by Vince Lombardi. The one that I remember the most is from his 1954 high school annual where his motto was “find a way or make one,” quoting the Carthaginian military leader…Hannibal. “I shall either find a way or make one,” when referring to the difficulty of the idea of marching forty elephants over the Swiss Alps. To be your best and to have success, you must never give up no matter what. You must always find a way.