We all will face transitions in our lives, school, professional sports, or work, changing jobs, getting married, and having a family. When out of our comfort zone; we tend to worry about an unknown future. Transitions can be a time when we can find our true passions.

I remember in 2008 I was shortly retired from the National Football League, and I was having an immensely difficult time transitioning.  I was not sure what I wanted to do with my life, as I had been playing football for so long, The only thing I knew I was good with people, and I excel at the art of networking.  After going to a few events I met a guy who had great operations experience in construction, and since I had a great ability to network and build relationships, we decided to go into business together.  We created our brand, and we called it Kayden Premier Enterprises.

Now to be totally honest, I had no experience in construction at the time, and that was one of the largest mistakes I made with my transition after football.  But I did work extremely hard and learned the business of construction.   I grew into my next life transition with hard work, perseverance, and grit.  But the one thing I did build my empire off of, was my ability to network, build relationships, and the excellent skill to market and sell.  Here are things that I think are paramount to help you succeed, as you are going through any type of transition in your life.

1. Know your strengths:

What do you excel at?  What things do you do best?  Identify your strengths and build your foundation from there.

2. Set goals:

Setting goals helps you keep your eye on the prize to achieve greatness.

3. Map out a plan:

You have to have a strategy, and a roadmap to know where you want to go in life.

4. Believe in yourself:

If you do not believe in yourself, don't expect anyone else to.

5. Trust the process:

Trust you are doing the right thing, and stop second-guessing yourself.

6. Ask for help and guidance when needed:  

We can not build a 6 figure or hire annual empire without help.

7. Be open to change:

Learning how to pivot and adapt is crucial to your brand's success.

8. Be open to feedback through constructive criticism:

Constructive Criticism is a way you can grow as a person and a leader.

9. Use your failures as a foundation:

Learn from your failures, don't dwell on them.

10. Celebrate all your successes along the way:  

When you accomplish great things be proud of yourself, and celebrate those accomplishments

Transitions can be a time of when you can grow the most. It's a time when you are able to see the strengths and weaknesses come out. This is also a time we step entirely out of our comfort zones and into greatness. At the beginning of transitions, it can feel uneasy, but you must trust the process and keep pushing forward. Believe in perseverance.  Believe in your vision.


Marques Ogden, Keynote Speaker