When I was 16 my dad & I took a trip to Nashville to attend a music industry conference. Dad heard about a showcase featuring bass players, and being a bass player himself, decided we had to go.
Trouble was, we didn’t have credentials. We weren’t technically attendees of the conference, nor did we have tickets to the show. So we stood outside the venue, watching people walk in, festooned with badges & wristbands and smiles of anticipation.
Suddenly my dad’s massive hand clapped me on the back, and he said, “Son, you can go anywhere you want. You just have to walk in like you own the joint.”
We made our way to the back door, strolled right into the kitchen, and my dad started scanning the room with a smile on his face. Within 10 steps he spotted someone he knew and struck up a jovial conversation. 5 paces later there was a drummer he once worked with, and before the kitchen door had shut behind us, we were sitting on a couch next to the headlining act as they figured out their opening number.
After snacking on sandwiches and bottled water, we cruised out to the front of the stage and watched bass legend, Victor Wooten play Amazing Grace while Oteil Burbridge and Steve Bailey harmonized behind him. My young mind was blown.
The beauty of the evening only served to reinforce the lesson. You can have beauty and wonderment if you’re willing to step boldly forward, confident in your ability to handle whatever comes.
You see, there’s magic flowing through the universe, and everyone’s got VIP access. The expressions of that special sauce look a little different, depending upon who it’s coming through, but the juice…the sauce…the magic remains the same.
One of the best ways to tap your well of magic is through simple confidence. And the best way to express confidence is to know that you’ve got access to the magic. It’s ridiculously simple.
The trick is, you have to use your magic for good. You have to not only know that you’re the shit, you must treat others as if they are as well.
Because, well, they ARE.
The really fun part is spotting the magic in others. Some people say that’s how Jesus healed the crippled and raised the dead…where everyone else saw flaws, He saw perfection, and when someone sees the beauty in you, it creates a feedback loop of positivity & upliftment that often results in rampant badassery.
Long story short…use the force.
Remember when Obi Wan waved his hand in the face of the storm troopers and said, “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for.” ?
Yeah, you can do that.
Wield it wisely.