A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
~ Colin Powell
I was watching a documentary about Criss Angel because I recalled seeing a lead singer doing magic onstage with a rock band back in the 80’s. I wanted to see if it was him. I also noticed as he was talking about his struggles and dreams, he used five key steps to achieve extraordinary success.
Rather than go to college, he asked his parents to give him one year to try to make magic work. He took a shot at doing what he enjoyed and loved. His passion propelled him to take a risk. When we accept doing something we don’t love, it’s very difficult to excel at it. It becomes a grind and we do it “for the money.” That can kill your soul. See if you can reignite your passion, even if it’s part time for now. Dust off that guitar, take a class or make your boss disappear. Whatever it takes to live with no regret, or at least less regret.
Look into the nature of desire, and there is boundless light.
When Criss got turned down for work, he took matters into his own hands while practicing through some trial and error. He basically took any job he could get his magic hands on so that he could master his craft and keep moving forward. he took action. He did parties, created a cable tv show, and as I suspected, he even put a rock band together and did gigs, all the while intertwining magic.
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
~ William B. Sprague
Early on in his career, he received dozens of responses that said “not interested” from agencies, and yet he kept going. This tells us that every no gets us closer to a yes. It’s also a very typical success story, similar to Sylvester Stallone’s and Jack Canfield’s. Typical, yes, but uncommon, because many people focus on why they can’t do something, rather than why they must do it.
Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.
~ Victor Hugo
The Firm, one of the most renowned agencies in entertainment, was seeking a magician for four years. If Criss gave up, had he not persevered he would have missed his opportunity. Someone else would have gotten their big break instead. Don’t let someone get your opportunity! It’s not the right place at the right time if you’re not prepared for it, so get ready.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
~ Abraham Lincoln
His parents were supportive, so much so that his Mom let him refinance her house to raise money to fund his magic show. The very one that eventually grew into the groundbreaking show that I’m sure you’ve heard of, Mindfreak.
Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Take these lessons to heart, implement them and surround yourself with the right people so that you can create magic in your life!
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Strategist