Alchemy

Too often this falls to the realm of pseudoscience claptrap & purveyors of flim-flam. There is, however, a rational approach to making change in your life by a process I like to call a reasonable unreasonableness. This is Life Alchemy. But, first, I want to introduce you to this guy. He’s one of the...

In Pursuit of Magic

Would You Know It When You Find It? For me, there is very little difference between magic and art. To me, the ultimate act of magic is to create something from nothing: It’s like when the stage magician pulls the rabbit from the hat. ~Alan Moore The rabbit was in the hat the whole...

You Charge How Much?!

Back when I was getting my speaking business off the ground, I also made ends meet as a graphic designer. One day I was on the phone with a client, and I made a costly mistake. Client: Could we try a different font on the site? Me: Sure! *couple clicks* Refresh the page. Client:...

Rapport

Same Wavelength When you’re negotiating that big business deal, there’s an essential element you absolutely must have: trust. Each side in the negotiation has to believe, to the core, that the other person/team will follow through on what they say they’re going to do. Sure, you might have a contract, but in reality it’s...

Success Will Destroy You

When I first started performing, I didn’t trust the audience. I would finish a routine where I predicted the future, moved objects with my mind, or influenced someone’s choices, and people would clap like crazy. It’s amazing stuff, and it’s no wonder people would applaud! But I didn’t believe it. I thought they were...

Self Defense

When most people think about self defense, they usually think about screaming “NO!” as loudly as they can, stomping the instep, kneeing the groin, and running towards a well lit area with lots of people. So what does self defense have to do with a mind reading blog giving business advice? A lot, actually....

Trapped In The Mirror Dimension

Your thoughts aren’t real. You might feel that statement is so painfully obvious that it doesn’t need saying. Before you click away, let me explain why the problems you’re having right now are a direct result of you believing they are. Trust me, I’m a mind reader. I know what I’m talking about. Have you...

Let Go or be Dragged

When I first heard that Zen proverb, “Let go or be dragged” I couldn’t stop laughing. It immediately brought to mind two experiences that taught me that lesson with painful clarity. Story 1 My grandpa has been a tinkerer for as long as I can remember. When I was much younger I was the go-to guinea...

Asking Permission for Greatness

“Who did Michael Jordan ask to be great?” That’s the question that stopped the conversation. (We were in Chicago, so I figured it would hit home.) I had just wrapped a workshop, and a woman came up to pick my brain. She was listing off reasons why she wasn’t working on her life’s mission,...

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