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Intersection #3 of 10: To turn obstacles and challenges into opportunities.

Jul 5, 2023 | 0 comments

The Intersection #3 of 10 – Ability to overcome obstacles and challenges and turn them into opportunities.
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Many successful businesses and successful professional magicians exemplify the ability to overcome significant challenges to create market opportunities and great success!!
Some of the most successful products of all time came from repurposing an existing or failed product to solve a different consumer need. In each case they turned an obstacle into an advantage:

● Corn Flakes – was originally invented by Will Kellogg in 1894 for patients at the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan, to counter indigestion. When the patients started requesting it for breakfast, he knew he had a hit on his hands.
● Post-It Notes – At 3M Post-It Notes were created by accident. There is a thin line that separates crazy from genius. In 1973, a new product developer for 3M heard that a 3M scientist developed an adhesive with an unusual molecular structure – strong enough to adhere yet weak enough for only a temporary bond. It was considered a product failure until a junior product developer find a use for it when he faced a problem of losing bookmarks in his Church hymnbook. The rest was music to 3M’s ears.
● Play-Doh – originally a failing wallpaper cleaner developed by a soap manufacturer in Cincinnati, Ohio. A nursery teacher suggested to CEO Noah McVicker that the wallpaper cleaner might be used for modeling projects. McVicker approached Bob Keeshan, known as popular children’s TV host, Captain Kangaroo, to feature Play-Doh on his show. Sales soared and the rest is history!

Just as successful businesses have tackled unique challenges and turned them into successes, so have there inspirational magicians who overcame serious physical challenges, triumphed over adversity and attained success in magic. They defied the odds and proved that anything is possible with determination, creativity and perseverance. That is real magic.

Some inspirational examples include:
● Mahdi Gilbert – This amazing Toronto-based card magician faced multiple physical challenges that he never saw as challenges: he’s four feet tall and has no hands or feet. Yet Madhi is a miracle to all those he meets – and is a living testament that nothing is impossible.
● Wayne Dobson – Wayne used to be a strong, handsome, charismatic, and hugely popular performer in the UK. Unfortunately, in 1988 he was diagnosed with MS and is now a paraplegic But that didn’t stop Wayne Dobson, realizing that magic didn’t need to occur in the magician’s hands but, instead, in the minds of the spectators.
● Richard Turner – Perhaps the greatest card mechanic alive with astounding sleight of hand. Turner lost his sight at the age of 8, but that didn’t stop him. With this challenge, he persevered by spending 10 hours a day with a deck of cards and was able to leverage a heightened sense of touch to create miracles.

If you’ve always been tempted to take the plunge into being a full-time magician, the business side of “show business” has never been easier. Obstacles and challenges to running a solopreneurial business are more easily solved due to a range of technologies, apps and software that was not readily available – even five years ago – to replicate the work of virtually every office function. There is no time like the present!


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