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Summary

First published in 1980, Transitions was the first book to explore the underlying and universal pattern of transition. Recently named one of the 50 most important self-help books of all time, Transitions remains the essential guide for coping with the inevitable changes in life.

Transitions takes listeners step-by-step through the three perilous stages of any life passage, explaining how each stage can be understood and embraced. Offering an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap for successfully navigating change and moving into a hopeful future, the process is ever relevant and applicable today. Among the subjects covered:

Endings. Every transition begins with one. Too often we misunderstand them, confuse them with finality: "That's it, all over, finished!" Yet how we recognize endings is key to how we can begin anew.

The Neutral Zone. The second hurdle of transitions: a seemingly unproductive "time-out" when we feel disconnected from people and things in the past and emotionally unconnected to the present. Yet the neutral zone is really a time of reorientation. How can we make the most of it?

The New Beginning. In transitions, we come to beginnings only at the end, when we launch new activities. To make a successful new beginning requires more than simply persevering. It requires an understanding of external signs and inner signals that point the way to the future.

©2004 William Bridges (P)2007 Gildan Media Corp

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Difference between Change and Transition

If you could sum up Transitions in three words, what would they be?

Clear, useful, at times rambling on

If you’ve listened to books by William Bridges before, how does this one compare?

Only listened to this one

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The clear differentiation between the process of change which is external and transition which is an internal process was very useful. Also the notion that these two processes necessarily do not happen at the same time will help to be aware when working towards creating change, as for change to be successful transition is also required. The book speaks about personal issues in life but to me the principal the book discusses applies to organisations as well. The practical questions it offers when looking at change is also quite useful:

“… 1- What are the indications that your work life is in transition? change is only change, transition is more inwardly, moving from one chapter to the next. 2- what is the developmental context of this work life transition? put in words the personal and career issues. What title you can give to this transition? what is the title of the next chapter? 3- Imagine that you are really old, 90. Look back and see yourself now. Then you will know what was going on now. You may also know how they may turned out if you had taken a different path from that vantage point look and identify of the timing of change and the sign. What feeling you have with your situation now?”

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, only found it useful

Any additional comments?

I recommend the book to anyone who is going through a change/transition in life. It helps get a better rational understanding of the process of change in life and therefore deal with it more efficiently.

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  • morton
  • 27-05-08

Empowering for anyone going through a transition!

From the most trusted voice on transition, I can see why this was a National Bestseller. This empowering audio offers strategies for coping with the difficult, painful, and confusing times in life - and don't we all have those! This is a great audio to give to anyone you know who is going through uncertainty and change.

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  • Dr
  • 19-06-12

Useful and grounding if a bit dated.

Would you consider the audio edition of Transitions to be better than the print version?

No

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not applicable.

What three words best describe Sean Pratt’s performance?

Ward Cleaver.

What did you learn from Transitions that you would use in your daily life?

Don't rush the period between and ending and a new beginning. Accept the chaos and ambivalence as part of the process.

Any additional comments?

A worthwhile listen.

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  • Cherrye Bess
  • 11-08-18

Great life changing stories and history.

I will listen to this book again. Chapters five and six really to understand ing what transitions are all about.

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  • Christopher L Swiney
  • 06-08-18

Highly Recommended for leaders

Bridges gives a very helpful model to move your organization or teams through the transitions that happen as we move through change.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 19-06-18

Amazing

I feel like can see so clearly. I feel wiser and can see the power I’ve gained in this process.

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  • Joellen Raderstorf
  • 04-03-18

exceptional

and life transforming. no joke. I'm turning 55 in a month and I wish I had known about this book before.

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  • William
  • 16-10-17

Important!

Society is so lacking of transition rituals, in modern times. This book gives much to consider.

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  • Tammy Fitzgerald
  • 28-03-17

Good read for another view point

Great writings by Dr. Bridges on the difference and interplay of transitions and change. It is a great mix of story and teachings.

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  • Connie E. Edmondson
  • 22-07-16

A Reference Guide for Life

Where does Transitions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks in the top 10 best books I've read/listened to regarding self assessment. I am writing this review after listening to it for the 2nd time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Transitions?

Too many to choose, listen to the book for yourself as so many points are speaking to the core.

Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Transitions?

To not dwell on the endings of anything but instead to be optimistic of the new beginning that end has bought me. I've always known that since my early 20's but keeping it as an active thought in mind is the challenge. As I get older, I think it's sticking more.

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Awesome Book

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  • Mark Evans
  • 10-06-16

Extremely helpful insights

This book is a classic for a reason. It articulates what is difficult to describe: what it means to be a growing and changing human being.