My kids were very excited to see the Blue Angles and the Thunderbirds fly over Atlanta this weekend.
I told my daughter when I was a cook in the Air Force the Thunderbirds came to the flight line Dining Hall where I worked and we had the opportunity to cook for them which was REALLY BIG DEAL when they came to the base.
Anyway, here is a funny story about the day I cooked for the Thunderbirds.
When the Thunderbirds walked into the dining hall they were signing their headshots etc.
A little back story. I just hand my own headshots taken and was showing everyone, I worked with on the flight line. As the Thunderbirds are signing autographs a friend says Anderson go get your picture.
I felt weird about getting my picture in that moment but I did it anyway and it led to me performing some card magic for the Thunderbirds and a few other people.
There I was in my military fatigues with my white apron stained with food and grease doing card tricks. When I was finished, we were exchanging headshots and the Thunderbirds were asking for my autograph as well. Very Fun Moment!
I want to make two IMPORTANT points-
First - What somebody is doing right now in their life does not mean they can’t make changes and do something different down the road. In my example I really enjoyed cooking in the Air Force but that did not mean that was going to be my path for the rest of my life assuming I took the steps that moved me closer to my goals. Even if those steps were inconsistent or imperfect as long as I kept moving closer, I would reach the goal at some point and obviously today I’m the Magician with a Message.
Second - You can’t be afraid to promote / market what it is that you do. I was hesitant about getting my headshot but when I did it led to an opportunity. People tell me all the time they find it difficult to put themselves out there because what if people don’t like them etc. When I came out with my first book Ah-Ha! I had a few people saw to me directly and I quote -
“Who Do You Think You Are To Write A Book”
Far better to focus on the positive then get caught up in the negative thoughts people “MIGHT” say about you.
By performing for the Thunderbirds this started a “Story” on the base about “the flight line cook” that performs Magic!
So, guess what happens MORE PEOPLE want to see what you can do which leads to more opportunity.
Keeping plugging away on your goals.
Thank you for attending another episode of Eric’s Escapades.
Eric “The Thunderbird of Card Magic” Anderson
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