I'm spending this week at Abbott's Magic Convention. It's an event that began eighty-four years ago in Colon, Michigan. My husband, Eric, will be doing a performance and lecture along with many other famous magicians. I'm getting a history lesson of how the town became the center of the magical community. It got me thinking about how our passions can significantly impact others without us realizing it.
I'm always fascinated by how ideas are put into action and evolve into something that leaves its mark on the world or a small segment. Whether it's medical breakthroughs, technological advancements, or a new sound of music, I end up feeling inspired. Many times the creator was just following their goals without worrying about the larger outcome. The focus was simply working out the various problems, dealing with setbacks, and not giving up. The satisfaction came when solutions were found and relishing in the "A-Ha" moment. The fact that other people realized the potential and impact of your idea is the frosting on the cake.
I'm also motivated by people who are generous with their time and expertise to help others. They may not realize how their guidance changed lives for the better. Simple suggestions, advice, or a much-needed compliment, can do wonders for a person who feels lost. I know how appreciative I am when someone takes the time to listen to me. Someone who will help critique my presentations, watch my interviews, or read my newsletter before sending it out. (That's a quick shoutout to my sister, Lynette.) We all benefit from that kind of support.
We need each other to attain our dreams. I don't know of anyone that became successful all on their own. It's a tremendous gift to share our perspectives and experiences to shape and mold our ideas into existence. It's a wonderful sense of satisfaction knowing your input created a productive output.
We take for granted our contributions to each other. It may seem insignificant to give someone encouragement, but it could be what kept them from throwing in the towel. We may never become famous, but for the people in our lives, our support is everything.
My goal is to help others find their confidence to command any room they enter. I want to quiet that negative voice and replace it with a self-assured one. I've learned and developed valuable tools over the years, and I want to share them. I may not start a century-old tradition, but I hope to be of service to everyone I meet. If anything else, I'll try to entertain you with a magic trick. I'm sure I'll learn a few this week.