“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave whither thou goest.” Ecclesiastes 9:10
Again, living your best life is not the same as giving life your best or becoming better to become your best person. It does not mean that you have to be perfect. During our quest to become The Consummate Transitioner, living and enduring life is not a linear or perfect process…it does not travel in a straight line, and your life is not expected to be perfect. It is expected that we will make mistakes and have setbacks; that there will be ebbs and flows, highs and lows, and peaks and valleys. And, we should learn from our past experiences and seek to conquer our imperfections in life to shine light upon dark places and make our crooked places straight. There is no designed or specific path to success. Many may end up in the same place by taking different roads or even “roads less traveled.” Ultimately, free will and good decision-making are mainstays for optimal end states, to have success and end up in good places to make the world a better place. So keep striving to become better each day to become your best.
Why do we remember John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, John McCain, or John Lewis? Were they in your mind Consummate Transitioners? And, if we were to study their lives…what was it about them that made them so? You will find that they we not perfect, but their lives were inspirational and inspired us to higher heights.
On the world or national stage in no particular order, Jesus Christ, Kobe Bryant, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jimmy Carter, George Herbert Walker Bush, George Walker Bush, Laura Bush, John McCain, Barack and Michelle Obama, John Lewis, John Legend, Maya Angelou, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., and Ted Kennedy in their own way, are my Consummate Transitioners…those not perfect, but kept getting better to become their best. They may have made mistakes and experienced setbacks; but overcame those mistakes and setbacks; used their talents, and went on to significantly impact the world in profound, inspirational, influential, creative, and positive ways. I believe if stripped to the core of their being, in nature and character, their essence and epitaph is that they were good and decent human beings.
And, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Vick, Michael Jordan, Vanessa Williams, Roger Staubach, Jennifer Nettles, Lebron James, Tom Brady, Tom Coughlin, and Steve Harvey are my Consummate Transitioners in progress or in the making. They have inspired me and have given so much; but they are not done yet. They have so much to accomplish and so much more to give.
Also, I believe if you were to study those mentioned lives, I speculate that you will find innately inter-woven the common thread that they possess the six tenants of The Consummate Transitioner: (1) they possess the courage and conviction to embrace and not fear change; (2) to consistently develop a moral compass for the future based on learning from past experiences; (3) they mastered and understood the art of forgiveness to know that forgiveness is the highest form of love; (4) they always understood that their successes were always in front of them; (5) that perseverance and resiliency are the keys to success; and, (6) they understand that the art of humility will keep you level-headed, grounded and moving forward.
Are you fully engaged with a passion to give work and life your very best? Are you seeking to find your passion and gift? Will you leave the world a better place than the one you were given? Will you be the benefactor and the contributor? Will you reach back to help others? Will you pay it forward? Should you strive to be The Consummate Transitioner? What will be your epitaph at the end of your “dash?”
I hope that my words, my inspiration through product development and encouragement, my story, and subsequent work will uplift, and inspire you as change-agents for both the present and future to keep running your race and “fighting the good fight,” becoming better to become your best, in the making the world a better place; and, in speeding up the day for the United States of America to positively continue and live up to the its democratic creed…to become that “ more perfect union.”
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