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I was an absolute nobody (and still am). No one had ever heard my name outside of the company I worked for. And I was just fine with it. The year was 2011. I was always happy when I could hide behind the curtain.
Then I quit my job to write a book. I didn’t really know where I was heading to. I was open to experience new things. I needed a change.
After a while I realized that writing a book was a lot tougher than I thought (surprise!).
Then I started blogging. I started writing about all sorts of things that kept my head busy thinking while I tried to write my book and read hundreds of other books at the same time.
My blog was pretty much the background story of me writing a book. It was additional material for people that were interested in my book and the story I had to tell.
My blog “rethinking the now” was born. The blog you're reading right now. It’s pretty much my personal notes to self gone public.
And then something magic happened. People started writing me back and encouraging me to continue writing articles. The stuff I was writing about apparently inspired a few of you.
That must have been one the best feelings I had ever experienced so far (and still is).
The feedback I got for anything that I did in my life so far was either some piece of paper with a number on it or a quarterly or a yearly feedback session with bosses that were about negotiating my bonus.
It never was about the number of people I was able to reach with my work. It wasn’t about how many people I had influenced with the work I had done. It was just about the dollars.
So for me, exposing myself and putting some of my thoughts out there gave me an incredible feeling of appreciation. To me it was somehow magical. People I never ever met in my life would listen to the stuff I was saying.
Needless to say that not everybody feels that way about the stuff that I put out there (remember The Rule Of 97%). There are a lot of people that laugh about it, don’t take me serious anymore and don’t understand why I’m doing all of this.
But that’s ok. It’s enough for me if I and a few people understand why I’m doing it and have fun while listening or reading the things I do.
And it didn’t stop there. Putting my thoughts out there in public opened many doors that would otherwise have remained closed forever (business, private, personal growth).
Maybe these doors wouldn’t have stayed closed and I didn’t really need to do all of this in the first place.
Maybe I would already have been able to get in touch with those people without putting my thoughts out there. I really don’t know.
But I know for sure that the feeling of being appreciated gave me a lot of confidence, which I might not have had in the first place.
So for me, being an absolute nobody and having the ability to create things, influence and maybe even change people’s lives a bit is true magic for me. And if this is not tue magic, I don’t know what else is.
And that's the story about how I started to believe in magic and became a magician...