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Working for Yourself.

My day job is taking a lot out of me lately. It’s mostly a customer service position with a strong technical backend. Finding healthy ways to make it through the day, so at night I can work as hard as possible to get the wheels rolling on my magic career is tough. What’s the best middle ground?

Getting bogged down with what you feel like are dumb questions, or repetitive tasks should be second nature to any decent magician. With the hours of practice, and the methodical plotting of shows, starting with learning the moves to accomplish tricks (right now I am working on the laser deal), can be monotonous, mind numbing, and sometimes painful work. Though, it doesn’t bother me nearly as much as simple tasks at my desk at “work” do.

Figuring out the reason for that is key. At a day job, you’re not really working for yourself. Sure, you get a paycheck, learn some cool things sometimes, and occasionally meet some great people. At the end of the day, all you’ve earned is money. You’re building on experience, and skill sure, but it’s just for cash.

I’ve recently read Gary Vaynerchuk’s book “Crush It!” and I’ve enjoyed it a great deal. Gary states very plainly that the difference between working at a job, is not the same thing as working for yourself. So, to find some motivation, I’ve figured I need to meld the two together until I am in a good enough position to go full time.

The following are some steps I will take to improve my day to day while I grow my business:

  1. Approach every person I assist with the same attitude as someone interested in a magic trick.
  2. Explain what’s going on, as I am doing it, without revealing what exactly is going on behind the scenes.
  3. Make sure I take plenty of breaks and get all of my tasks done as efficiently as possible to cut down on my stress levels, and to enhance my “performance” at work.

Do you have any tips for enhancing your magical aptitudes while maintaining a successful day job? I need all the help I can get.

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