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March 2010

 

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What an amazing experience I had recently, speaking 11 times in Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington. I haven’t done a school assembly tour like that in quite some time, but something was thrust to the top of my mind that I hadn’t thought much of for a while. That is, there is one specific common denominator to all youth in schools, especially schools w/ tragic statistics (for example high teen pregnancy rates, high teen suicide rates). I’ll share that with you, and I’ll touch on the solution in today’s article.

To Living Above the Line,

Erik

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"The Common Denominator"

By Erik Carlson

It’s true. I have done assemblies in schools with the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state of Oregon; the highest teen suicide rate in the entire country (this was a small Eskimo village in Alaska). So when I found myself in front of your typical, small town middle schools in Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington, and I was asked to speak on abstinence (yes, there are still grant monies out there for this topic, as well as other ‘prevention’ programs), I lead with this question: What is the common denominator between these schools in Alaska and Oregon, as well as your school, that result in these statistics?

I didn’t reveal the answer right away. What I did was a magic effect where I had a student get up in front of the student body, sit in a chair. Then I proceeded to make small paper balls disappear much to the amazement of the student in the chair.

Well, the comedy and laughter that fell across the kids in the bleachers was due to the method I used to make the paper balls disappear. I was simply tossing them over the kid in the chair’s head. This is very entertaining, especially when seeing the ‘jaw-dropping’ expression on the kids’ face and he is the only one not ‘in’ on the secret.

Well, after I reveal the secret to the kid in the chair (and thank him and reward him for being a good sport), I talk about how I was able to ‘pull one over on him.’ What I did was use a word that all magicians use when trying to fool their audience and that word is MISDIRECTION. Misdirection is simply an attempt to get someone to FOCUS on a diversion from the truth (think of the many ways society tries to misdirect youth).

The common denominator between the kids in Alaska, Oregon, and any school across the country, is that the only way these kids become part of these heartbreaking statistics, is that they give in to misdirection. I just proved it. I showed them how I fool them, then I give them a solution to NOT getting tricked. That is where I go into my F.U.N. message (I go into this in my newsletter archives and I’ll go into this in future newsletters), but to put it simply, when you know the TRUTH, the TRUTH will set you free.

The reason I am back doing youth assemblies, rallies and camps, is that I am passionate about sharing the TRUTH with these kids and equipping them to live a life of abundance; focusing on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. When they can get into that focus, the misdirection’s that life throws at them will bounce off them, not having a chance of penetrating their armor.

Focus this month on the truth, and the truth will free you up from any stresses that the world tempts you to focus on. Anything that steals your joy is a misdirection and the solution is found in love, forgiveness, and the beautiful things life offers 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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