“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
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 and highs and lows, and peaks and valleys. And, we should learn from our past experiences and seek to conquer our imperfections in life and make our crooked places straight. Many may end up in the same place by taking different roads or even “roads less traveled.” But 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.
Why do we remember John F. Kennedy or Martin Luther King? Were they in your mind Consummate Transitioners? And, if we were to study their lives…what was it about them that made them so?
On the world or national stage, Jesus Christ, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jimmy Carter, George Herbert Walker Bush, Maya Angelou, and Ted Kennedy are my Consummate Transitioners. And, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Vick, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., Michael Jordan, Vanessa Williams, Roger Staubach, Jennifer Nettles, Tom Coughlin, Peyton Manning, Carol King, Steve Harvey, and Cam Newton 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 more to give.
To me, Jesus Christ was The Ultimate or Supreme Consummate Transitioner on earth who implored and defined success not through wealth or physical attainment, but by demonstrating the true character of our lives through forgiveness and love and how we treat each other as human beings not via a mandate, but free-will.
For the others mentioned still living, 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, 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, if you were to study their 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 and grounded.
In sum, on average, we spend at a minimum thirty-three percent, and perhaps, more of our time at work as a fulltime worker; and, for most of us, our work is our life. Businesses and organizations are overseers and managers of human talent and capital to help us attain our highest goals, achievements, and aspirations. Are we fully engaged with a passion to give work and life our very best? Will you leave the world a better place than the one you were given? Will you be the benefactor and the contributor? 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 consultation and encouragement, my story, and work will uplift, and inspire you as change-agents for both the present and future in the making the world a better place; and, in speeding up the day for the United States of America to positively continue to become that “ more perfect union.”
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