I went to bed very early Saturday night, but awakened around 10pm, checked my Blackberry, and saw the unfortunate news via email. One of our musical legends; singer, actress, and most importantly, mother of Bobbi Kristina, Whitney Houston, was deceased at age 48. I took a deep gasp in shock, as tears rolled down my face. Then, I began to watch the coverage on television, and follow the response from fans, the celebrity, entertainment, sports, and business sectors.
Whitney’s music was a huge part of my youth and adulthood–her songs were a soundtrack to a lot of my personal life. As we very well understand, music is a universal language. What seemed to be an timely death provoked a sound of sadness that rang not only across the nation, but around the globe, as her unparalleled career exhibited global branding success at its best. As I always tell my friends, colleagues and clientele:
NOTORIETY + ACCESS = TEMPTATIONS
Whether you enter an elevated space in your industry as part of your normal life, or whether it’s completely uncharted territory, the vast opportunities to partake in whatever (and whomever) you desire becomes a daily routine. It’s not about the strong surviving, because the strong are continuously tested as much as the presumed weak. But it’s about employing and remaining in the company of the proper support system (not cheerleaders), in order to keep your mindset in tact and ward off the unfortunate enticement of vices that are detrimental to ones career and livelihood. Do not be deceived; what could have been the driving force behind this tragedy is not just limited to the entertainment industry. High-level entrepreneurs and executives are not immune. Actually, anyone who is offered a level of “access” is quite vulnerable.
In respect and honor of her fans, including myself; her family, and all of those who were deeply influenced by her life, I wanted to be very thoughtful in my words when posting this message. Given the fact that as I write, there is no current determination of her cause of death, and I choose to refrain from making assumptions on her precocious demise. However, as someone who is a seeker of opportunities to educate, empower, and inspire others through practical life lessons, I will notate a few points to be gained by this amazing individual:
- Follow your own CEO Ritual.
- Attract yourself to like-minded individuals who celebrate your professional and personal endeavors enough to encompass you with kindness, wisdom and TRUTH.
- LISTEN and FOLLOW the guidance from those trusted individuals.
- When you are using the true gifts and talents graced from your Source, there is nothing you cannot accomplish, and your legacy of light will outshine your humanity.
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all
~ Whitney Houston
Rest in peace, lovely lady…