One Step AheadMay 10, 2020
"Each magical surprise is covering the next move"
- Teller (of the magicians Penn & Teller) in their MasterClass (https://www.masterclass.com/)
For magicians it's often useful to plan their show in reverse chronological order, because they will use every moment of surprise as an opportunity to move pieces into place for the next move. While the crowd gasps in wonder, "look! she made the ball disappear!", the magician is quietly moving an even larger sphere into position for the next act. The professional magician is expecting success from each move and using it to enhance what comes next.
What if we planned for the same kind of success in our own work?
- Sure, it's a long shot, but what if my boss approves my funding request? Am I ready to explain my next steps?
- Maybe no one will watch my new YouTube channel. But what if it turns into an online sensation? Am I ready if people want more?
- I've been catering private parties, but what if someone asks me to do a corporate event? Do I know where I would find the extra staff?
A big part of sustainable success is being ready for more, when things go according to plan.