When I was in 8th grade, my parents took us to Disney World

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. πŸ“Ί

I got a subscription to a magic magazine.

And I enrolled in lessons at a local magic shop.

Christian “The Magician” was born. πŸͺ„

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. πŸ”₯

But I quickly put it out and forged ahead.

Some family members thought it was part of the show. πŸ˜‡

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. πŸ“‰

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. πŸ“ˆ

Although Christian “The Magician” faded when I got into high school.

This lesson shines bright with me still to this day. 🌟

An Old Trick Well Done Is Far Better Than A New Trick With No Effect

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