Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course … it probably isn’t.
The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret … but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled.
But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”.
– From the movie “The Prestige”
We all have things we are dying to do in different stages of our life:
First I was dying to finish high school and start college.
And then I was dying to finish college and start working.
And then I was dying to marry and have children.
And then I was dying to work harder for my family.
And then I was dying to retire.
And now, I am dying … and suddenly I realize I forgot to live.
Start making your life a passionate adventure, right now – this very minute. We have no guarantees in life, but we still have right now. Do you want to look back at the end of your life and regret all the things you did do, or the things you didn’t?
Everyone dies – but not everyone really lives.
Don’t follow the masses. Don’t do what everyone else is doing. Listen to your own heart. Create a destiny for yourself in your own life. Do some extraordinary things to an ordinary life and make yours magical – “The Turn”.
You only have a limited time here. After you’re gone, people may remember you for who you were, but it’s much more likely they’ll remember you for what you did and the people you made a difference to – “The Prestige”. It takes just as much energy to live a good life of risks and adventure as it does to live one of quiet desperation. So which one leaves you smiling and fulfilled at the end?
Life is either a great adventure, or nothing at all.
The opposite of courage isn’t cowardice – it’s conformity.