When I was in 8th grade, my parents took us to Disney World.
One of the days, it rained heavily. 🌧️
We had to stay at the hotel.
Bored, we browsed the hotel gift shop.
There I came across a beginner’s magic kit. 🎩
For the rest of the trip, I practiced every chance I got.
When we returned home, I got into it even more.
I watched David Copperfield’s TV specials. 📺
I got a subscription to a magic magazine.
And I enrolled in lessons at a local magic shop.
Christian “The Magician” was born. 🪄
A few months later, I began performing.
There were friends and family birthdays.
A school talent show. 🎤
Despite all the practice, something inevitably went wrong at every show.
Maybe someone spotted the gimmick.
There were uncooperative audience members. 😡
Or technical difficulties.
All of this is normal in magic.
At a family bbq, a table cloth accidentally lit on fire. 🔥
But I quickly put it out and forged ahead.
Some family members thought it was part of the show. 😇
I had learned magicians are always ready for things to go wrong.
They always have a Plan B.
Top magicians practice these scenarios.
When it happens, they stay relaxed and confident. 🧘
Often, the spectators don’t even realize what happened.
As business leaders, despite our best efforts, things go wrong too. 📉
Maybe it’s losing a client, a key employee, or having a legal issue.
Those that have contingency plans respond fast.
Damage is limited.
And the business carries on. 📈
Although Christian “The Magician” faded when I got into high school.
This lesson shines bright with me still to this day. 🌟