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One Step Ahead

May 10, 2020

"Each magical surprise is covering the next move"

          - Teller (of the magicians Penn & Teller) in their MasterClass (


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? 

A big part of sustainable success is being ready for more, when things go according to plan.


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