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February 2010


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Note From Erik:

I finally have my YouTube page up! This month, I want to share with you a potentially embarrassing situation that happened to me on the basketball court my first year of college.

You can see me share it by clicking the image below; it’s only a 2 minute clip. Feel free to view the other clips by clicking the YouTube icon in the upper right of the newsletter and share them with someone who might desire to uplift morale in their team/company. Let’s help as many people as we can make 2010 the best year ever; and sometimes we need some F.U.N. motivation!

To Living Above the Line,


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"Champion to the Insignificant"

By Erik Carlson

As I mention in the story (you have to see me share it to get the real effect), I wasn’t paying attention while sitting the bench in that College Basketball game, and when my name was called to get into the game, the coach called time out, so I couldn’t ‘wake up’ in time to figure out which way we were going. What happened after the time out, well, you’ll have to see the clip to ‘see’ what happened.

The message I give to corporations and groups after I tell that humorous story has four parts, but today, when I think of that day, I’m reminded of just one: Focus on your target. I failed to focus on my target that day, and today, as I ponder some tough choices, I have to stay clear-minded enough to focus on what is truly important to me.

A long time mentor and close friend of mine, Fred Crowell, shared with me in a car ride to a speaking engagement in Spokane, Washington, just last November, something about himself that rings true in my own life. Like Fred, my entire life, I have tried to be a ‘champion to the insignificant.’ I appreciated Fred sharing that with me about himself, because it encouraged me to see the real truth, that when I speak to groups, emcee, or entertain, I tend to get in front of audiences that cannot afford the ‘high fee’ speakers. I’ve never landed the big $10,000 speaker fee, but I get 50 to 60 engagements each year for groups that I am honored to encourage; even though they don’t have a budget.

This article is talking about focus. At some point, I need to not worry about focusing on ‘landing the whale,’ but run with what the Lord has put right in front of me; namely, these such engagements that will never have the means to bring in a ‘big gun’ speaker. Well, I’ll be their ‘big gun!’ In two days, I’m flying to Lewiston, Idaho, to speak to schools and youth groups about abstinence and making good choices. I’ll be in heaven! I pray I will always have the ability to accept such engagements.

I just met today with a man who runs a non-profit for special needs kids and their families. I proposed to teach the kids magic as a way to empower them and boost their self esteem as they discover their own special gifts. This is heaven for me.

What is it that you need to focus on or, like me, re-focus on? What do you need to champion in order to live your passions? I’d like for you to share your thoughts with me, and encourage me in what you are up to in this area. Go for it, I believe in you!

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About Erik Carlson:

Erik Carlson is a sought after speaker and entertainer. His keynote topics blend the experiences and wisdom from his successful business career, and couples it with side splitting comedy magic that will leave your audience astonished and inspired.

Erik is the author and creator of his pathfinder self study course which is a step-by-step roadmap to discovering true prosperity in your career.

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