This week a great entertainer passed away. From the world of magic we lost UK magician, Paul Daniels.

He dominated our TV screens in the 80’s and 90’s. At one time, his show, simply called, The Paul Daniels Magic Show, captivated one third of the UK population. Yes, every Saturday night, one third of the UK would tune in to be spellbound by his magic. At the same time, he would also make us laugh.

His catchphrase was, “You’ll like this…not a lot….but you’ll like it”

I remember not so long ago watching another show of the World’s Top 50 Magic Tricks of all Time. Paul Daniels had one trick in the top 10.

Now the amazing thing about this trick, which is all sleight of hand, is the practice he put into it. The dedication, the hard work, the learning, the mistakes. All that effort so he could make this trick the best he possibly could.

Paul practised this trick in the tough arenas of working men’s clubs in the UK. In fact, according to Paul himself, by the time this trick came to our TV screens he had performed it no less than 500 times within these clubs and probably 500 more at home polishing his act.

That’s just on this one routine!

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Like a lot of people in life who succeed in amazing us, you can learn a lot from Paul regarding his work ethic.

It’s the same with you and your craft

Are you practising over and over again? Let’s say you are a sales representative and your sales are sliding (or you would just like more sales).

Have you rehearsed your closing techniques 500 times? What about your rapport building skills, or overcoming objections?  How often do you polish your skills in order to close more deals?

Whatever industry or profession you are in, have you dedicated time to learning all you can? Are you working hard at becoming the best you can be? How much time are you putting in to polishing your act? When was the last time you read a book or watched a DVD on how to improve your skills? When was the last time you attended a workshop, seminar or event in order to improve?

Or is all your spare hours spent on Facebook and other social media channels?

If you want to be excellent at what you do it takes time, effort, hard work, dedication and a belief you can be the best you can be.

Don’t let anyone try and convince you otherwise.

Do you really think Paul Daniels could have got this trick into the top ten of all time any other way? Do you think there was a shortcut to doing so? Do you think it just appeared in the top ten by magic? (I couldn’t resist that one)

Dedicate yourself to whatever you do. Strive to perform at your best.

And for now, watch this incredible piece of magic. I have feeling you are going to like it…not a lot…but you’ll like it…