“The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” — Blake Lively
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It was a surreal moment, a moment that up until then I could not have fathomed.
I was just 12 years old and my former teachers, Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Darcy, and Mrs. Coutermarsh, hired me to perform a magic show for the annual third grade potluck supper.
Just four years earlier I had attended that supper as a student, yet there I was, now the hired entertainment!
It was an incredible turn of events, especially considering where I had started, and my teachers were just as amazed.
As a child I was incredibly shy. I’d barely speak to anyone, and when I did speak I had such a severe stutter that it was impossible for anyone to understand me.
But when magic entered my life I became fascinated by the prospect of the impossible becoming possible and began learning all I could about the craft.
Before long, I was able to perform incredible feats of magic and immediately looked for opportunities to share them with others.
But how could that be? How could this shy kid who couldn’t communicate with the world all of a sudden perform magic?
The secret, my friends, is confidence. Having something wonderful to share gave me the confidence to boldly step forward and perform, regardless of the obstacles in the way.
Having the confidence to step up in front of the entire third grade class at Warren Elementary School in 1996 was the first genuine magical moment of my life, because on that day I experienced the transformation from uncertainty to confidence.
How has confidence played a role in your life?
Jonas Cain is an instructional designer, facilitator of fascination, and purveyor of positivity—helping to initiate and manage positive change for individual, team, and community growth.