It’s almost been 3 years since I started Encyclopedia of Magic with my best friends in life Jeff and Lenny. Tonight as a team we won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in South Australia, it really goes to show that anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it. I look back to 2011 and remember when we first started this business, everyone in our community told us it wasn’t possible and that the idea was silly and stupid. I am so glad we ignored them and pushed on! I often think to my self, imagine we actually listened to those negative people. Where would be be today? So it really got me pondering! What journeys are we simply not pursuing because we “listen to the naysayers?”. Imagine the life we are not living because we allow others to determine what we are capable of! It just doesn’t make sense to me, remember my friends
“It is I who determines my limitations and my past does not dictate my future.” – My father and his brothers always say this.
A quick message to my budding Entrepreneurs. Where ever you are in life, I hope you look at this as a beacon of light from an Entrepreneur to let you know that there is light at the end of this tunnel and it’s totally worth it! Keep pushing my friends, growth and success does not live within the realms of comfort. See you all at the top!
Also, big thanks to Michael from National Accounts for his assistance with my online business and professional speaking, he’s not only a great accountant but an amazing businessman.
Matt Tarrant and I have create a new magic show for 2014 Fringe. We have been lucky enough to have the Fringe give us one of their largest venues for 28 nights, after our success last year they are giving us massive support! Matt and I decided that we are going to run a Pozible campaign where people can buy tickets and at the same time support us in producing this show. We are so excited to bring you Deception, this show will focus on modern day deceptions that use the techniques of a magician. If you have a few minutes spare and want to see some visual magic, click on the link and watch the video If you can please help support us make this show become a reality!
I did not think I would have the opportunity to come back to Asia again this year, I was booked via referral from the last event I did. This time I went back to Vietnam to do 3 conferences, I worked for Tetra Pak, Vinasoy and QNS. These companies turn over 100s of millions a year, it was such an honour to be invited to be apart of their conference and workshops. It amazing how much we connected, I was able to add so much value by showing the teams how much we can achieve in life just by looking at things from different perspectives. More so it amazes me that the one thing that stops us from achieving great things is life is our psychology, the way we think. It was such a great feeling to be able to contribute to my parents home country! They treated me so well, I really need to go on a diet after coming back. The food was delicious and I am pretty sure I stayed in one of the best hotels in the world. There were 750 staff members servicing 170 rooms!?
Before I left I was already booked by another 2 companies for later this year. The door I have just opened is amazing, a big thanks again goes out to my agent Trish! You are amazing!
One of my biggest dreams was to buy a beautiful home for my parents. My parents are the main reason that I am where I am today, when I was younger and I wanted to be an Entrepreneur, everyone in my small community looked down on me. Everyone thought I was being foolish pursuing what I loved, I was told constantly that I should pursue a stable job and even though I wasn’t passionate about it, it was the right thing to do. My mother and father on the other hand pushed me in the other direction, they always said to me “Just do what you love son, we’ll be your safety net and stepping stone. If you fall we’ll catch you”. They sure did catch me, I failed in business so many times since the age of 14, however they have never stopped supporting me.
My love for my family is unconditional and this week I have finally purchased my family the home that they have always deserved. Ironically this was all made possible because I am now doing something that I am 1000% passionate about and love! I still have moments where I am on the plane and I just simply can not believe that I am doing what I am doing. I love my job so much and now it’s given me the ability to provide such wonderful things for my family, I can’t wish for anything more. Thank you to all the people who I have crossed paths with in my life who has supported me and pushed me along when times were tough. There’s nothing special about me but there’s something very special about the support from family and friends and with this love and support anything is possible in life.
Quote of the week:
“I honestly think it’s better to be a failure at what we love rather than be successful at what we hate.”
I love working together with students, the best thing about young adults is that their beliefs are not too heavily ingrained in them. Their inner child is still very much present, it’s such an amazing feeling to be able to open up their minds to the possibilities that lie before them! It’s one of the most fulfilling things that I do in my life, to be able to inspire just one student means I change that kids entire life and as a result he will inspire others. It’s such a beautiful thing.
I was told by my speaking agency that the feed back was amazing and that some of the students said that “It was the best day of my life!”. Some of the comments that my agent told me made her cry! Wow.. I am just overwhelmed that I am able to do what I truly love in life and it has such a strong impact on those around me. This is what living is all about, it’s not about the money or material things but it’s about helping one another. Helping someone else gives us the best feeling in the world. Thank you to all those who have always supported me to get to where I am today, I am so fulfilled and happy LIFE IS JUST AMAZING!!
Moving forward in 2013 I hope to be able to work more closely with High Schools and Universities around Australia.
Just last week I was able to work together and help perform magic at a Bulls and Bears Charity Ball. It was such a fun night, I was invited by an associate at the Adelaide Rotary club, from the picture above you can see how beautiful the theme was! I was able to try out some of my new effects on the night and got amazing reactions. As a magician sometimes we can become complacent with our magic, we do the same thing over and over again. After a while we become bored with the magic that we perform and as a result we are no longer fresh. This is why I like to always learn new material to keep things fresh and new, not only for my spectators but also for myself! I believe this is the reason why I keep on getting work through word of mouth as a keynote speaker and a magician. I don’t even advertise at all yet my diary is constantly full. This just reminds me that we should always reach further than we can grasp, it’s how we grow!
Amazing evening, thanks Bulls and Bears for having me!
My family are refugeees from Vietnam, they came out to Australia in 1981 as a result of the Vietnam war. I was born in 1986 and since the day I was born I have never been back to my parents home land (I am now 26), this was the first time I was able to go back to my parents home land and it was all because of a speaking opportunity that popped up! Flying over there for the first time was actually very emotional, as the plane was about to land I felt tears run down my face. It was such a strange experience, I felt such a strong connection to this place. Everywhere I went, everyone spoke my mother tongue, it was so good to be able to speak to everyone in Vietnamese (luckily my family made me go to Vietnamese school on the weekends when I was young). Everyone was so shocked that I was able to speak Vietnamese because I was born in Australia, they could tell I was from outside of Vietnam because I have a much larger physique as compared to the local people. I have to thank my agent and Tetra Pak (the company I worked for) for giving me this wonderful opportunity to not only be apart of your conference but to also visit my home country. I love my job!
I decided to go to a fairly large conference to meet some of the people I admire most in life; Les Brown and Sir Richard Branson. It was such an amazing experience minus the crazy sales pitches. Being able to spend 5 minutes talking with Les Brown was just the best! I never thought in my life I would be able to meet this man who has had such a great impact on me (I always listen to his audios). After today I feel extremely motivated and can’t wait to work on building my career as a professional speaker! While I was there I was introduced to the entire team that ran this event, they all wanted me to do an impromptu keynote and before you know it I was performing in front of all the staff!
As a professional keynote speaker I travel pretty much every single week, it’s either interstate or it’s overseas. As a result of this I dont get to spend a lot of quality time with my friends and family, to counter this potentially destructive life style I decided to take 2 weeks off and travel to Vanuatu with a big group of friends and family to take some time off to just relax. We had the best 2 weeks! The beaches were beautiful and the people were even more beautiful. I feel really refreshed and ready to hit the ground running! We must always remember how important it is to switch off every now and then. My dad often tells me “Son there is no need to make an abundance of money, make just enough to live a happy life with your family and friends.”, I see so many people chase the dollar blindly and as a result they lose everything.
This post is a reminder for my self to always stay as balanced as possible.
I have been following Ted for as long as I can remember, I remember the first person I ever listed to on Ted was Brene Brown, she did such an amazing speech on vulnerability. It was so inspiring. I really do feel honoured to have my own city have me speak at our Ted event here in Adelaide. I did a small talk on misdirection and how we often fall for silly tricks that we tend to play on ourselves in life. For example sometimes we make assumptions about our capabilities which are based on what others say, this right here is misdirection taking place. The only person that gets to dictate your future is you, no one else.