Josh Langley

Be the Magician Not the Trick

I’m not a big fan of magic tricks.

For me, they’re like a joke a without a punchline.

While I enjoy the spectacle, I want to know how they did it.

However, I’m usually left in no man’s land, suspended between awe and curiosity and neither have been satisfied.

I know most people are totally cool with the showmanship and the wow factor and couldn’t care less about the mechanics that go on behind the scenes to create the illusion, but I’m not.

While Criss Angel, David Blaine, David Copperfield, Dynamo, and the like have spent years honing their craft and do an incredible job of making us all go, ‘holy cow, how did they do that?’, but it seems most people don’t want an answer.

They get wowed and then leave the show and return to their normal lives.

There’s no curiosity as to how it’s done.

No desire to peek behind the curtain.

No feeling that there has to be more than just the entertainment value.

We know that magic tricks aren’t real, but there’s no desire to see beyond the illusion, we just want to be entertained.

We know we’ve been deceived but we don’t care. Just entertain me.

Distract me.

Distracted from what?

Magic and illusion shows are a perfect metaphor for life.

We deep down know there are thousands of ways to live a rich and meaningful life, however we stick to what society says.

Do what is expected, follow the same path as everyone else and don’t deviate. Don’t question, don’t be curious.

Then we wonder why we’re tired, anxious, and depressed.

If the way we’ve constructed our society was really working, then we’d all be happy right?

So, while society distracts and entertains us, the things that can really make life rich and wonderful are ignored.

• How do my emotions work and how can I stop flying off the handle at the drop of a hat?
• How can I use my thoughts to create the life I want instead of ruminating on all the negative stuff?
• How do I heal the hurt, lost and mangled parts of myself?
• How can I be more in tune with my creative side so I’m less stressed and anxious?
• How can I be Ok with who I am and those around me instead of hating on myself and everyone else?
• Why do I feel stuck and how do I get out of it?

Those are the questions we should be asking as they’ll have the biggest impact on our long-term mental wellbeing. Far more than any private education, 2 story house and investment portfolio could ever have.

Be curious

Let your curiosity guide you.

So, next time, when the magician saws the lady in half, don’t just go wow, then stand up and walk out. Walk up on stage and find out how they did it.

Because you can apply the same curious thinking to break society’s illusion about how life should be lived and change it for one that really matters to you and the people you love.

You would have then hacked the illusion and found a way to bring real meaning and purpose to your life.

And that’s when the real magic begins.

You get to be the magician, not part of the trick.

PS. You don’t need to wait to start teaching this to your kids, you can start right now.

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