As a speaker whose topic is making your mark, in the corporate world I do not mention the ultimate mark of all time which was made at the cross. However, my lessons in making your mark, sharing your magic, and treating people well all stem from the golden rule, Christ's second greatest commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself. God is love, and because of Him we are capable of loving each other.
This Easter I count my blessings as though it were Thanksgiving: an amazing family, wonderful friends, a great career, a home, food on my table, health, this incredible country, and the list goes on and on. I think of those less fortunate than myself and remember the best hope the world has is the hope found in Christ Jesus. As my pastor stated in his Easter message, "Without Him we have no way to deal with our sin." I am eternally grateful to Christ who died, was buried, rose again, ascended into Heaven, and offers us eternal life when we invite Him into our lives. The mark Christ made while on earth was the ultimate act of selflessness and love and will echo throughout eternity. "By His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)
I had a great time Wednesday presenting to the students of entrepreneurship at JCCC. We had a question and answer time and one student asked me the million dollar question: "How did you transition from a full-time job to starting your own business?" I answered by telling him I was fortunate to never have had to make that transition. Upon graduating from Kansas State University in the fall of 2003, I began my career as a professional magician immediately. I worked about 15 hours a week at an after school daycare for a while (my job during college), but within the first few months I was blessed with enough "gigs" to make a living right away. However, I suggested a book to this student...
Recently, Jon Acuff was featured on the Dave Ramsey radio talk show. Mr. Acuff is the author of the book: "Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job." Mr. Acuff claims that his book offers valuable information for anyone wanting to make their dream job a reality. The book has not yet been released, but you can pre-order the book on Amazon.com (click here). It will be released on May 10th - I look forward to picking up a copy for myself.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 20th at noon I will be presenting to the students in the entrepreneurship program at Johnson County Community College. This presentation is open to the public. We will be meeting in the Hudson Auditorium which is on the 2nd floor of the Nerman Museum which is on the northeast corner of the JCCC campus. My presentation is titled "Make Your Mark: Share Your Magic." I inspire people to discover what "magic" they can bring to their daily interactions in business and in life. I hope to see you there for a time of magic, fun and inspiration!