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Controlling Your Focus (or, confessions of a child magician)

As a child, I did 300+ professional magic shows, onstage for audiences as large as 800 people. Until recently, I rarely spoke about the experience, even with close friends and family. Why? To be completely honest – and I’m not sure that I’ve ever really admitted this – it messed me up. Any sort of live performance is extremely demanding on the performer, and magic is one of the most demanding. It’s unusually bad for a magician to make a mistake on stage. If he does, ther...

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How to identify and eliminate the vampires in your life

Last month, I called an acquaintance who works as a personal trainer for advice on a weight lifting routine that I was considering switching to. When I got him on the phone, he told me that if I wanted his advice, I’d have to hire him for an hour and then he’d be happy to answer my questions. While I felt like that was a bit rude, I understood. I was asking him to give me his professional services for free. Fast forward to last week: the same guy called me and asked if I’d hav...

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Your job in life is to surrender

When I was in my late teens and early 20’s, I wanted to be rich and famous, to build a Fortune 500 company, and to convince as many people as possible to volunteer in the developing world. In fact, I believed so strongly in volunteering globally that the first program I developed for Ignited Leadership was designed to motivate people to do exactly that. But if I’m being honest, I’m no longer convinced that volunteering in developing countries makes sense for the vast majority of people. Most of...

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8 things I learned the hard way

  You can usually figure out what really needs to be discussed by paying careful attention to what people aren’t talking about. I want to share 8 things that I had to learn the hard way that have gone on to make a real difference in my life. I wish I learned these things in school because they help me understand how the world works, and we can use them to create happiness, confidence, and connection, and that’s far more important than calculus or the nightly news. 1) There is n...

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A simple process for mastering your fears

  Kansas City, September 2014, several hours after a speech: I hate this, I hate this, I hate this. I’m at a concert by myself. I don’t love going to events on my own, but I don’t know anyone in Kansas City either, so it’s either chill out in my hotel room all night, or go explore the world solo. Plus one of my favorite musicians, Lykee Li, is in town and I have a ticket to her show… Recently, a woman I had been seeing broke the news that I was the man on the side; she had a serious ...

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