Happily DIS-illusioned

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Happily DisillusionedBy Billy Riggs, the World's Only Dis-IllusionistYou and I have something in common: we're both illusionists. There are differences, of course. I perform my classic illusions on stage, cutting your executive assistant in three pieces, floating your company's bookkeeper in the air ...
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How to Make Your Next Conference 50% Better… with NO Effort at All!

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 I’ll never forget it.  The meeting that day in the summer of 1997 was a disaster.  Being generally accustomed to attentive audiences, gales of laughter, and standing ovations, I was thoroughly demoralized as I reflected on what had gone so terribly wrong.  It was not my fault, I ...
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CUSTOMIZED JUST FOR YOU

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If your group or organization holds a decent number of seminars over the course of the year, you may find that some other motivational speakers have just about the same thing to say every time. They could be talking to five other companies that do five completely different things and they would stil ...
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Megatudes Chapter Two: An Attitude of Vision

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Life is like a bicycle; it derives its stability from forward motion, and what is true of your life as a whole is also true of your career or business, as well. Like a spinning top that wobbles as it slows, a person who takes too much time to relax and rest will eventually feel life becoming more a ...
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Megatudes Chapter One: The Well of the Mind

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Happiness and success, the crown jewels of life, are universally sought for ourselves and envied in others.  But these twin gems are not bestowed by fate or luck.  They are not the result of happenstance.  They are not even a divine gift.  Rather, they are drawn from the well of each person’s ...
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Grand Illusions Chapter One: The Birth of a Psychological Illusion

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It was one of those rare, once or twice-in-a-lifetime epiphanies, a flash of insight that was – I would learn later – to become a hinge on which my adult life would turn.I was in my mid-thirties, and had been in the ministry or preparing for it since I was 16.I was the Senior Pastor of a robust, ...
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Chapter Two: The Terrible Beauty of an Illusion

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il·lu·sion ( -l zh n) noun. 1. An erroneous perception of reality. 2. An erroneous concept or belief. 3. The condition of being deceived by a false perception or belief.dis·illu·sion·ment (d s -l zh n m nt) noun. The act of freeing someone from an illusion, or the state of being freed therefrom ...
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Chapter Three: The Power of an Illusion

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The capacity of the human mind for self-deception is astounding.  Until we accept this fact, and consciously choose to look inward at our own personal belief systems (rather than attempting to identify the illusions that might plague friends, family and coworkers), there is little hope for positive ...
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Being Yourself: Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain!

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The classic fantasy movie, “The Wizard or Oz”, provides an interesting parallel to the progression through which our illusions eventually become reality. The well-known key characters in the movie are the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Wizard of Oz and Dorothy, who were respectiv ...
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Chapter Five: The Momentum of an Illusion

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In the early part of the nineteenth century, there was but one province of India not subject to British rule.The state of Kolhapur was instead governed by a rajah with more pressing problems than the threat of a British invasion, for his kingdom was routinely pillaged by a group of marauding bandit ...
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