Kamis, 03 April 2008

Success Isn't Magic

by Traci Hayner Vanover

I've always been fascinated by magic tricks. When I was a little girl, my Grandpa used to magically pull a quarter from behind my ear. Back then, I wasn't as interested in how the trick was done as I was in getting my mitts on the quarter (big shocker).

My fascination with magic tricks hasn't wavered; but my interest in how the illusions are created has greatly increased. I tend to watch more closely now, and scrutinize every gesture in the hopes of discovering the secrets behind the trick.

Over the last few years, you may have had the opportunity to see Val Valentino, also known as the Masked Magician. Valentino is the guy who performed both large and small-scale illusions and magic tricks, then revealed the secrets of the tricks afterward. He wore the mask because he wanted to avoid recrimination from fellow magicians for breaking the magician's code.

You can't blame the magicians for wanting to protect their tricks. If all of their secrets got out, then everyone would be able to perform these feats of illusion, and they'd be out of a job.

So, why am I telling you all of this? It's simple, really. The successful titans around us aren't all that different from the magicians. And, many work equally hard at protecting their secrets. Why? Because many of these "secrets" aren't secrets at all -- they are formulas, systems, and well-honed processes -- and, if we figured them out, we'd be successful, too.

Apply your curiosity and energy toward emulating those whom you would aspire to be like. Make yourself a student of their efforts and their actions. Read and study all that you can. If you follow the success of others long enough, you will discover the "magic" behind their success.

About the Author

Traci Hayner Vanover, aka The Promo DivaƂ®, is the owner of The Creative Concept, http://www.TheCreativeConcept.com a freelance firm specializing in the unique writing, publicity, and marketing needs of small businesses. She is also the publisher of Create the Dream! Magazine, a bi-monthly digital magazine for small businesses. To request a free sample issue and two other promotional gifts, visit the website, located at http://www.CreateTheDream.com

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