A couple of weeks ago I gave my very first lecture for magicians at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA. Although I've done many speaking presentations for corporate audiences, this was the first time I've done a formal speaking presentation for a group of my peers.
For corporate audiences I usually speak about general success principles and I use magic as a metaphor or as pure entertainment during the presentation. This presentation used no magic. Instead, I relied on my specialized knowledge and skills on marketing and business development and I shared this knowledge with the attendees.
It was a very profound experience for me. I was able to impact the lives of people in a way that I've never been able to do before. People left inspired, motivated, and with specific tools to grow their businesses. I left this event on a high note.
The very next day, life had a very funny way of showing up. I was sitting at my desk doing some work. I started feeling light-headed. My arm became numb, and I felt pressure on my chest. My heart started racing, and my pulse was measured at 132 beats per minute. I called a friend and he took me to the emergency room. Once there, my blood pressure was measured at 186/122, which is basically a walking stroke victim waiting to happen.
After several tests (i.e. blood tests, x-rays) they decided to keep me overnight and give me a stress test in the morning. All of the tests checked out negative and my heart is in perfect condition. The incident was determined to be stress related. Since then, I've been going to the gym almost everyday doing cardio and lifting weights. My blood pressure is now normal, and it was all done very naturally.
Laying in my hospital bed I started thinking about what was really important to me. Although I love performing magic, I kept thinking there has to be something more to my life, and I realized that speaking is really what I want to do; speaking to people about my specialized knowledge which includes marketing, business development, and personal development. Having a greater impact on the lives of the people around me is really where my passion lies at this point in my life.
So my question to you is, what is is it that you really want to do with your life? What is your passion? If you want to be a professional magician, and have another job, but your passion is performing magic, what's stopping you from attaining that goal. Life is too short and much too valuable to put things off for another day. If you really want to be a magician, why not take the necessary steps to get there. If you're already a professional magician, and you want to take your business to another level, why not do what's necessary do to so. And why not do that now? Why not do that today? This goes for any passion you may have for your life. Life is short. Take advantage of the present moment, and create the life you truly desire.
As always, I welcome your comments.
Corporate Magician and Speaker, Lou Serrano